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jeanpierre 12-27-2011 12:43 AM

I know we still gave up a ton of yards...

But I thought the linebacker play was pretty good tonight...

Shanle had a couple of passes defensed; Vilma looks like he's adjusting to the speed of the game; and Dunbar had a nice start...

Even the reserves had decent games...

But they looked pretty good...

jlouhill 12-27-2011 12:48 AM

I think the D as a whole has shown improvement over the past few weeks. It's almost a feeling of things starting to gel on that side of the ball. I know we still give up a lot of yards but when you consistently hang 40+ on people they have to resort to throwing the ball so the yardage will pile up. I would like to see us get to the QB more. But I like the way the D is playing now.

pumpkindriver 12-27-2011 12:49 AM

In this era, teams tend to give up a lot of yardage until the field compresses in the redzone. Its no different for us, but we played really well in the redzone, holding them to FG's was crucial.

Marlboro Man 12-27-2011 01:06 AM

I don't know what it is, but our DB's and LB's couldn't catch a cold in a Flu ward. Hands of stone every one.

SaintsBro 12-27-2011 01:47 AM

45-16 final score against a team that usually plays us down to the wire is enough for me to grudgingly give the defense and linebackers a reluctant "improving" status too -- I agree! They are on reprieve from the permanent doghouse of WORST DEFENSE EVER now that we have clinched the division and shut down a host of elite running backs and quarterbacks from top tier teams -- as terrible as they are, I suppose I grudgingly have to agree with that assessment of our linebackers and give them a temporary ranking of....maybe IMPROVED. Slightly improved. A little. Okay, they might actually not be too bad. Oh wait, but we can't actually say they're kinda good, now can we. I mean it's not like Scott Shanle forced a fumble for a TD tonight or anything -- if he did that, then I might give him some props, but I dunno. It's not like we stopped them on 4th down or anything. I think tonight's game was kind of an inconclusive wash -- let's call it a 45-16 draw, as far as our defense goes, I mean it can't be that it is actually I'll throw in the towel and grudgingly agree with you that they have "improved"...somewhat. But I agree with you in that week after week the linebackers are the weakest link in a defense/offense that kinda shuts out opponents by a typical ratio of 2 points to 1, generally.

dizzle88 12-27-2011 05:55 AM

The D gave up a lot of yards, but that was in garbage time and the stat that impresses me was that the falcons were like 1-4 in our redzone, came away with 2 FGs and a failed 4th down conversion, when you have an O like ours thats the type of gap we need

plus the fumble recovery TD helped:bng:

44Champs 12-27-2011 10:23 AM


Originally Posted by SaintsBro (Post 360193)
... It's not like we stopped them on 4th down or anything.

We actually stopped them TWICE on 4th and 1

neugey 12-27-2011 10:38 AM

The tackling was very solid last night. I love the dark horse Humber he seems to play well when he's in there.

In related news, this may have been one of Juneyah's best games.

homerj07 12-27-2011 11:27 PM

I will take a "D" like that for any game!!

Halo 12-28-2011 01:41 PM

Who was saying they'd stay off Shanle?

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