Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS
Of course, but an aggressive defense will almost always cause more turnovers than one playing NOT to give up the big play.
I have observed what appears to be a fundamental shift in Bresnahan's defensive philosophy this season. He is coaching scared.
Undeniable, of course, but in the same way a speed-heavy baseball team can manufacture a bunch of runs one season and drop precipitously the next doing the same thing, a ball-hawking defense faces variability due to a combination of luck and adjustments.
Now, as for the fundamental shift... that's the real question. At least we know that Marvin Lewis does not cut his defensive coordinators a whole lot of slack. It'll be interesting to see if Lewis writes off the defensive issues as a result of injuries and the collapse of Odell Thurman or if he'll take it out of Chuck's hide.