Originally Posted by Number19
Last season we were beaten up by the new breed of large & quick TE coming across into the shallow middle zone. We were also taken advantage of by the faster paced teams when we were just a bit slow with our substitutions. By having a larger LB ( say 6'-2", 250 lbs, running in the 4.6 range ) we match up better against these TE's, while giving Wade more flexibility in his defensive calls. I get a feeling that Wade hasn't quite had the personnel to fully execute his defense and this would be improved by a three down ILB.
A large ,strong, fast SS who could play in the box and who could help seal the middle against the run would also help.
All defenses have a weak spot which can be attacked. Wade's 1-gap 34 defense has it's weak spot right up the middle and this is where we need the most improvement.
I don't really recall us having big problems against defending tight ends last season. Aaron Hernandez had decent games, but nothing spectacular. I thought GQ and Manning did a good job covering TEs. In fact, football outsiders ranked us 4th in the league against opposing tight ends.