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#1 distortions

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:08 AM

Our defense has been a little more fun to watch at times, but it isn't much better than it was last year. Discuss.

#2 Ivan Drago

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:11 AM

View Postdistortions, on 28 October 2013 - 07:08 AM, said:

Our defense has been a little more fun to watch at times, but it isn't much better than it was last year. Discuss.

I do believe I have to disagree with you. Not nearly as awful as last year.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:17 AM

Getting to the QB and creating turn overs is fun!

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:24 AM

I agree with you to a point. They are not a dominant defense but I can say that at least this season we have at least a shot to stop them. Before it was just 11 guys getting blocked and run over. This year, they hit back

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:31 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 28 October 2013 - 07:17 AM, said:

Getting to the QB and creating turn overs is fun!
I prefer stopping the run and getting off the field on 3rd downs!!!

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:32 AM

Better than last years debacle.  At least Pettine has them on the right course.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:33 AM

I believe they have improved in almost every metric measured for defenses, with almost the same personnel.

Edited by TPS, 28 October 2013 - 07:40 AM.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:34 AM

Pettine's had a whole lot of injuries to deal with, specifically in the secondary.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:37 AM

Put last years o with this years d, and the d is a top 10 unit.  For one, the d would be on the field much less.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:38 AM

View Postganesh, on 28 October 2013 - 07:31 AM, said:

I prefer stopping the run and getting off the field on 3rd downs!!!
Oh you and your silly "facts"!
We want none of that here.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:41 AM

View Postdistortions, on 28 October 2013 - 07:08 AM, said:

Our defense has been a little more fun to watch at times, but it isn't much better than it was last year. Discuss.
They've kept us in a lot of games...considering they have been on the field way to much, our secondary was whipped out, and we need some more help at linebacker they've been decent.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:41 AM

View PostCaptain Hindsight, on 28 October 2013 - 07:24 AM, said:

I agree with you to a point. They are not a dominant defense but I can say that at least this season we have at least a shot to stop them. Before it was just 11 guys getting blocked and run over. This year, they hit back
This sums it up pretty well.....in hindsight. :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:43 AM

View PostJR in Pittsburgh, on 28 October 2013 - 07:37 AM, said:

Put last years o with this years d, and the d is a top 10 unit.  For one, the d would be on the field much less.

We average 13 yards less than we did last year.  But turnovers are a killer.

And if you don't think this defense is much better than last year, you aren't paying attention.  They are finally getting healthy.  If they don't turn into a very good unit in the 2nd half of the season, then you need to worry.  But there are plenty of good signs if you chose to look at them.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:46 AM

View Postdistortions, on 28 October 2013 - 07:08 AM, said:

Our defense has been a little more fun to watch at times, but it isn't much better than it was last year. Discuss.
Really ? . . . of all the topics, you pick on the defense ?
You can see a difference in the play of specific players, i.e. McKelvin, Mario, Dareus, Aaron Williams -- they played several games with 3, sometimes 4 backups in the secondary --- I would say the defense is on the verge of being very good -- i.e. Top 10 --- check out advanced stats, they rank them 6th --- in reality, I'd put them in the middle, somewhere between 15-20 --- with the injuries --- in addition, the offense constantly puts them into tough situations ---
Besides the Cincy and Jets game, I think they've been the far superior unit and the one that has produced the 3 wins we have ---

Look somewhere else on the team to complain --- I'll suggest a few more pressing areas; Hackett, QB play, O Line, Brandon, no #1 WR --- chew on that before you take on the defense ---

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:48 AM

View PostC.Biscuit97, on 28 October 2013 - 07:43 AM, said:



We average 13 yards less than we did last year.  But turnovers are a killer.

And if you don't think this defense is much better than last year, you aren't paying attention.  They are finally getting healthy.  If they don't turn into a very good unit in the 2nd half of the season, then you need to worry.  But there are plenty of good signs if you chose to look at them.

The key stat IMO is total plays. I am willing to bet our defense is in the top 5 of total plays faced. a lot of that is due to poor TOP and 3 and outs by the offense. If you face more plays, probably going to give up more yards.

In any event, the D is vastly improved. All you have to do us watch them play to know that.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:50 AM

A "little" more fun to watch the defense?

Yeah ok.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:50 AM

View PostKeukasmallies, on 28 October 2013 - 07:32 AM, said:

Better than last years debacle.  At least Pettine has them on the right course.

So saying that are better than one of the worst defenses in team history doesn't say much. Sure they are getting sacks and INT's, something they didn't get last year. However they are at the bottom of the league in most other categories.

Having Hughes cover deep threat WR's and the best TE in football doesn't help much.

Pettine's defense has certainly been more fun to watch, but he has been far from a savior.

Edited by Turbosrrgood, 28 October 2013 - 07:54 AM.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:55 AM

View PostTurbosrrgood, on 28 October 2013 - 07:50 AM, said:

So saying that are better than one of the worst defenses in team history doesn't say much. Sure they are getting sacks and INT's, something they didn't get last year. However they are at the bottom of the league in most other categories. The bottom line is they aren't getting results.

Having Hughes cover deep threat WR's and the best TE and football doesn't help much.

Pettine's defense has certainly been more fun to watch, but he has been no miracle worker.

It could be argued that having Byrd and Gilmore might swing the NE and Jets games.

We have a rookie and practice squad QB, and up until yesterday, had a shot to win each game in the 4th quarter.  Another good sign of good coaching is getting the most out of your talent.  Mario, Dareus, McKelvin, Robey, Leonhard, Alonso are some of the players having career years.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:02 AM

How well our defense does, is directly related to how fast the offense ran off the field.  I dont even care about points any more, we MUST HAVE sustained drives.  Our defense was hung out to dry.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:12 AM

View Postdistortions, on 28 October 2013 - 07:08 AM, said:

Our defense has been a little more fun to watch at times, but it isn't much better than it was last year. Discuss.

The defense is the only reason this team is competitive week in and week out. it's the only reason we won 3 games. Pettines scheme is very good.

Advanced NFL stats has the Bills D ranked 11 IN THE NFL. This is based off several metrics.