Originally Posted by Fiddy
The run defense was 31st because Payne and Walker were on the IR and we didnt have Robaire Smith. Our starting d-line last year, for most of the season, was Deloach, Iaone/Sears, and Martin with Iaone/Sears as the top backup...
Fiddy is right on with this one. I'd add that if you took a look at our stats from 2002 against the run you'd see a very different scenario, and that's due in large part to Payne and Walker being in there along with Deloach (who's now a backup). The LB front was essientially the same in 2002 as it is in 2004 just minus Babin. We had Payne for the Miami game to start 2003, and he went out with an ACL in the New Orleans game (our 2nd game). When we say we'd concentrate more on the pass than the run it's not a knock on KJ's talent, but we're just more confident of the ability of our run D.