Who fires up the defense? Is that important?

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  1. borg

    borg In the Starting Line-Up

    We've all studied BB over the past decade. We know his approach. Mild mannered, cerebral, succinct. He'll go off, no doubt about it. But the rah rah cheerleading approach is not his style.
    We've all watched the BB NFL documentary. We saw BB give several "do your job" type speeches. Speeches that reinforce personal responsibility. He'll show a clip where a team disrespects his team. Lets the video do the talking.
    Just curious if anyone felt that these team addresses were motivating. Did anyone get the sense that those in the auditorium were getting all fired up...amped? Sure, these speeches usually come day/days before the game and what good is reving up the team days before the game. Do you think BB takes a different approach right before game time? Before that D walks out on the field, prodding his LBs to rip someone's head off. Telling his safeties to bury a WR into the ground. Or does BB maintain the "do your job" mantra?
    My point....This is BB's defense. 1) He assembled it, 2) he schemes it, and 3)ultimately its his job to get these guys in a frame of mind that leads to success. Maybe it is just hard to get emotionally charged up in a react type defense. When a proactive D, a D on the attack, succeeds...I see a team that believes in itself. This "thing" that we watch on Sundays....this "keep the play in front of us" soft D, how can confidence be built up using such a scheme. Teams are rolling down the field at will now, so why not take some chances. This D needs a fire lit under their butts. Have a game where "do your job " gets replaced by "rip their head off"
    (Personally, I'd hire the Slim Jim wrestler, Randy Savage and put him on the sidelines with a case a Red Bull at his side)
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2011
  2. Halifax_Pats_Fan

    Halifax_Pats_Fan In the Starting Line-Up


    I have said it a hundred times.

    Yes it is important, it has to come, obviously, from the defensive side of the ball.

    We need some playmaking leaders over there big time...
  3. sbpatfan

    sbpatfan Banned

    Blame Mayo, he's the captain. The dude would probably be the perfect captain of a church choir team. Not so much a football team. Don't get me wrong, he's a great player. He's like a tackling robot. But that's the problem, he's a robot.
  4. ay-yo

    ay-yo Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    I think your over analyzing. The scheme isn't to let a receiver catch the ball 10 yards down field and tackle him 5 yards further down field. That's just what has been happening. The scheme has nothing to do with how players display (or don't display) emotion. Its the players talent level not their lack of heart.
  5. ay-yo

    ay-yo Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    It's not Mayo, its the other players on D.
  6. fxkane

    fxkane Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Yes, the defense it seems does lack a bit of fired up leadership, esp given the impossibility of playing defense these days.

    But in the Bills game when you have a 21-0 lead with 35 minutes to play and you cannot adopt a winning strategy, there was something lacking upstairs (in the brain, and in the coaching) at least in this specific game. What was at the bottom of this failure to just win given the huge strategical advantage and a superior team? That's what i wd like to know
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