It kinda of irks me when people complain about the pass defense and suggest that we will be better with drafting a "number 1' CB that will fix our secondary. it will improve but it will not fix us into a top 10 defense as we would like. Now in the offseason we needed a CB and picked up a CB in Eric Wright who has been solid. he has given up some big plays and he has made some big plays as well.
Talib has been up and down as well but still solid and hes been gone the past two games and will be gone for two more games. Biggers has been back the past two games and has been solid. Gaitor has been out on injury. We also have been using McDonald alot and he has struggled quite a bit and we have used rookie Leonard Johnson a bit and hes ok but still a rookie learning. Tandy and Lewis havent even stepped on the field all season so that is very telling as well.
Last game in particular we got torched by Brees. It was expected. hes done it pretty much all season. Along with missing Talib thats whats going to happen. So we need to keep that in mind. I do believe we should either pick up a vet FA at CB or maybe a 2nd round CB im not sure about a 1st round CB but i would be for it depending on whos available. We also have to fill in the hole for the struggling Barber who does make plays but overall is a liability as a safety and should be playing nickle CB anyways.
Now that we have went over the our personell lets go over the real reason why I believe that our pass defense is so bad. Well of course lots of people blame Talib since he hasgiven up the most yards. But again hes our best CB a former 1st rounder. We have also called out the defensive playcalling as well. Either leaving the CBs one on one against all out blitzes or with 3 man rushes and stunts by the defensive lineman that dont get any pressure and the coverage breaks down.
Now I will give most of the blame on the coaches because of the gameplanning and specifically the lack of PASS RUSH which will always hurt your pass defense. Now of course the players still have to make plays as well so the coaches arent 100% to blame but right now our defense has tallied up a total of 8 sacks which is 29th. Now the funny thing is that even with Brees putting up 4tds the defense still has only given up 8tds and we have 9 ints.
We are terrible on 3rd down defense... Well at least the last game for sure. And also we are among the tops in yards given up and among the most 40 yard passes given up. Besides the run defense the rest of the defense has just been inconsistent. To me thats on the coaches. At the end of the day if the coaches doesnt improve and he are able to generate more of a consistent pass rush then we will still be struggle against the pass.