Originally Posted by thunderkyss
When you put it in perspective, Schaub & the offense don't look so bad. Still a top 10 passing offense (9), tied for 4th in passing TDs (8).
Yeah if you ignore being 4th in the league in turnovers, the scoring drought in the first half of the Chargers, entire game Baltimore, second half of the Seahawks, and the slow start against the Titans....yeah. Don't look too bad.
And then we're trying to say the Titans are this in total offense and Ravens are this. It's as if our defense had no effect where they stand in total offense all because a long drive? In today's NFL chances are rather low shutting someone out every single drive. Only ten teams average less than 20 points a game yet our defense has held 3 out of 4 opponents to this total and since the second half of the Chargers game have been basically the best defense in this league.
We're picking on the Titans and Ravens yet both average more points than us and better 3rd down conversion than our offense.
Titans: 3rd down conversion (41.3%)
Ravens: 3rd down conversion (38.6%)
Texans: 3rd down conversion (35.6%)
So maybe in retrospect the defense isn't as bad we like to think? Or maybe those long drives aren't a big big problem. A concern yes but acting as if it is this engrossing issue is just a stretch. Especially when we consider some of these long drives have been sustained by very questionable penalties called by the referees. Can't even believe we're trying to mock Locker in this thread when the kid obviously is playing better and has zero turnovers and rated higher than our own quarterback.
So if you expect the defense to play the absolute perfect game you may end up disappointed more times than not. That simply is not today's league. Everything is stacked against the defense so for ours to be performing to the levels it is seems rather remarkable. Yes, they have yielded on a drive here and there...
...Meanwhile the offense has gone completely absent for entire halves of play (or entire game in Ravens aspect) and given points back to the opposition or given them the ball. Let's also not forget the interception against the Chargers immediately giving them the ball to put the defense against our own endzone.
So yeah, those long drives are a concern. But nothing more than that. We have much bigger issues currently and the defenses overall performance has been commendable.