Too bad for the kid. Everyone thought this would be his year. I really don’t understand at all how this coaching staff found a flamethrower at edge and decided he would be better covering TEs in space and dropping in coverage.
It served to both make our rush worse and expose our defense in the flat
The Den: Man let’s translate Houston’s eight sacks to a full season…maybe we lucked out and found a Micah Parsons Jr.
Coaches: We’re hoping to see James develop alot more this year. He needs to work on play recognition and coverage skills.
The Den: Wait, let’s have him rush the passer? He’s got unreal bend. Use it, please!
Coaches: He has a long way to go, but he’s getting there.
The Den: Can he please just rush the passer?
Coaches: We have a great pass rush. James need to work on his overall game.
The truth is, just like in the rest of the real world. A lot of dumb people work in football. The two most important coaches on any staff after the head coach are the coordinators. If you got a head coach, & two solid coordinators the rest of the coaches can just be average if they can connect with players & communicate the game plan. Unfortunately I fear the Lions only have one good coordinator & he doesn’t work on the defensive side of the ball
I have zero issues with McNeil or what he is. I just have never bought into the idea that he’s going to be a 3tech.
I’ve probably overreacted to the 4-down fronts and even James Houston’s lining up off the ball. After watching a little more of the replay I do see that they’re presenting the 3-4 fronts that I would advocate for. But, when they are 4-down as shown above, we’re not playing to the team’s strengths, truth be told.