Originally Posted by Saccopoo
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.
I'm with you. We just don't know what we have in some of these players, especially young guys like Bailey. So much of D-line play is about intensity, and these guys played soft as shit. And I've said this before, but when you spend almost all your time learning 2-gap, there's not much room for teaching you how to play 1-gap principles.
I don't know what we have in Bailey, but I'd like to see how he responds to better coaching and full time commitment to 1-gap.