Any idiot can say “Hey let’s sign every high-priced Free Agent on the market”. The 12 focuses on what we can do with what we already have, to fix or improve our team.
WHEN we traded for DT Timmy Jernigan to put next to DT Fletcher Cox, it seemed like we were going to have an interior D-line for the ages. It certainly started that way during the regular season as well. However, as the year went on, our interior seemed to run out of gas.
Some of the slow-down can be attributed to the mid-season loss of MLB Jordan Hicks. As a result, DC Jim Schwartz had to compensate to cover for it. That meant asking for the DT’s to occupy blockers more, instead of giving them full reign to attack gaps aggressively. That part we can let slide.
What was alarming was how often our DT’s seemed to be locked up with a G, while pass rushing. There seemed like a lot of three-technique being played (directly in front of the G) and not much two-technique (in the gap between the C and G).
No C can block both of our DT’s. It can’t happen. So why didn’t we ever see both DT’s pinch the C, force him backward, and invert the pocket? Not on every down, (since there are ways to exploit that, if you use it too much) but why not a few times? Would have come in handy against the Rams run game. IJS.
We need to add that to our 2018 arsenal. We need to break that weapon out on 3rd downs, and even throw it in on a few 1st downs. Something that hits that fast, would convince opponents that they have limited options against us, and make them less dynamic. It would render them less imaginative and easier to predict.
Let’s blow this shit up.