Posted 01 October 2019 - 12:29 PM
I think some changes can be made. I'd say you're bordering on last chances for a few guys. Jefferson needs to be moved. Peanut, Young and Board have been atrocious. Not even just bad, they've been really, really bad. I think those two problems can possibly solve themselves. Move Jefferson to ILB. Let him roam at the mid-level vs. costing us on the back end. Let Elliott, Levine or Clark cover the back end with Thomas.
Something I believe Jkough alluded to in another thread, I think they need to pick a base defense they can fall back to. Whether it be press man , cover 2 or cover 3. They need something they can regress to that is familiar to everyone and everyone knows their job. I personally love press man if you have the personnel for it. Which, with Smith back, you can run it pretty effectively.
They can't just stand pat and hope the defense fixes itself. Jefferson has proven he can't handle free roaming or making the right decisions on the back end. Peanut, Young and Board have proven that their only positives are their speed. None of them have shown they can cover, take on blocks, or consistently fill their gap assignments. I can handle a bad cover ILB of he is great against the run. And I can handle a ILB that is a great cover guy but can get swallowed in the run game. I cannot take an ILB that is terrible at both.