Originally Posted by Sorter
I'm probably one of the biggest Bailey homers here and fully admit it is time to move on IMO.
I really thought that having Poe and Houston next to him in sub pckgs (whilst playing the 3 tech) would free him and enable him to do some great stuff. He didn't and extremely regressed this year. If you want to keep him on the roster as depth or even hope that he turns into an average player, fine. He was horrible this year after several decent flashes last year against Pitt, NE, and GB.
He needs to be upgraded.
You could make that statement about the entire defense.
These guys were so poorly coached, so fundamentally unsound that I'm giving everyone on this team a complete pass.
Bailey was primarily an attacking defensive end at Miami out of a 43. He was a legit 6'3", 285 lbs. at the combine with superb measurables. He led the Canes in sacks and TFL for two straight years and was a 1st Team All-Conference his senior year.
He was jammed into a two gap 34 or a 2-4-5 third down subpackage with shit coaching.
Two gap 34's require a decision by the linemen to choose the gap that they are going to hold right off the snap versus a 1 gap which is a presnap determined, upfield penetrating style that forces the offensive lineman to actively engage the defender versus the two gap which means to have the defender hold the o-linemen during their movements.
Bailey, Powe and Poe should all be better suited for a one gap style versus a two gap.
In fact, with the personel that we have, especially Poe and Berry, a 46 type of defense would actually be ideal. The only thing we're really missing from that is a big, press coverage corner. Someone just like Xavier Rhodes or David Amerson - one of which should be available with our first pick in the second round.