Originally Posted by deucetx
Actually, offenses run a hurry up to catch you in your BASE defense to create the mismatches, not your sub. This is a passing league so what do you think they want to pass the ball against more, your base or your sub package? Obviously the answer is your base defense.
Let's also be real. There is one elite team in the AFC we have not proven ourselves against and that is the Patriots. You do not beat them in your base defense because they run a spread and distribute to speed backs that are easily going to beat your linebackers. How did the Ravens beat them? It sure wasn't with their NT's on the field. They got about half of the defensive snaps the entire game.
In other words, the NT is barely a contributor against such teams.
I agree with your overall point.
Against the patriots you probably won't start off in your base defense. Maybe some variation of a 4-2-5 with your olb's down, no NT, 2 MLB's, and the third safety in the game.
Safety was a huge priority for this team and I think even that 4th safety spot is going to be is going to be important. I'm hoping pleasant has gotten more comfortable and can play special teams.
But yeah...the NT and the 2nd ILB are both part time players who may or may not even technically start a game.