Ross, great read. How much of the "problem" in your opionion is coaching philosphy? Sure sounds like Urban wants 7 athletes causing havoc around the line a la Alabama, LSU, NY Giants and San Fran 49ers. However on game day Luke seems to be dialing up a lot of smoke and mirrors with movement, dropping lineman and even putting players like Hankins out of position trying to "fool" the defense. The defenses I mentioned above all have one thing in common. They don't care if you know what they are doing. Our athletes are better than yours. Take 4 seconds to run your play and my guys will knock your QB down in 3 seconds.
Seems like we'd be much better served "dumbing" down the defense. Every time I see Hankins at end or Williams dropping into space I think the opposing coach must be thinking "thank you".
I'm sure I'm wrong but on paper I'd think we'd get much more mileage out of a much less cererbal and more vanilla defense. Way too many players overthinking their assignments.
On a sidenote. I'd LOVE to see a few series with Spence, Hankins, Simon and Wiliams on The DL in attack mode. VERY simialr to the 49ers and how they use Justin Smith.
Again, GREAT read.