I am positive that we will be better running the ball and stopping the run in 2014. These two things seem to drive our success.
Offense: 1,328 total yds (3.1 yrds/carry)
Defense: 1,687 total yds allowed (3.8 yrds/carry)
Offense: 1,901 total yds (4.3 yrds/carry)
Defense: 1,965 total yds allowed (4 yrds/carry)
Offense: 1,996 total yrds (4.3 yrds/carry)
Defense: 1,482 total yrds allowed (3.5 yrds/carry)
You can see clearly why we were such a mediocre team last year. We could absolutely not run the ball and we were not totally great in stopping the run. 2012 we were somewhat lucky. Our run defense was not good at all, but our offense sure lifted us through the playoffs. 2011 was our most talented team over the past five years; a shame a couple of plays kept us from the Super Bowl.
Side note, in comparison, 2006 (arguably our best defense of recent years) we allowed 3.1 yrds/carry.
I am positive that we will be back in the realm of 4 yrds per carry and around 3.5 yrds per carry allowed on defense. The offensive line looks like it is back to form, and could be one of the better units in the NFL. The RBs also look like they are playing for their jobs. In addition, Kub's scheme should help.
On defense, we have a great/elite rotation at both NT and DT with Williams, Ngata, Timmy & Tyson. I am a little worried about the DE spot, I hope KLM steps up. Upshaw and Suggs are both great at setting the edge. Suggs is a true hybrid edge setter and pass rusher. Mosley is sounding like he is the real deal. I hope Smith gets better at run support. He was pretty abysmal last year. If he is doing the same thing this year, Mosley may find time at MIKE with Brown and Smith rotating at WILL.
Lastly, Elam should be a great run support guy on the backend.
Edited by acranfor, 05 August 2014 - 03:10 PM.