I genuinely thought that we couldn't look much worse than we did against the Cowboys but here we are playing the Giants and we're bad. At home. Again. I feel like I know this feeling. Watching the Giants completely eliminate any hope of running the football I feel like I did when the Oilers used to run into that defense that was totally prepared for the R&S offense. You know how the opponents defense would come out and have every single aspect of our game plan covered? Every time Ernest Givins or Haywood Jeffires would make a cut and stop there would be a DB right there? That's what the Giants D looks like today against our zone blocking. Not only are they stopping the run but they look like they understand what we're going to do so well that they could probably line up and execute it themselves. I don't need to mention that our defense never, ever looks like this do I? Indianapolis was a great win against a team we are built to compete against and know inside out. Washington was a good comeback against a team whose coaching staff we know well. Oakland was a win against a team that still just isn't as a good as we are. Those circumstances contribute to if not explain our three wins. Our loss (soon to be "losses" from the look of things) are a different matter. We were beaten badly by the Cowboys in our own stadium when our team was supposedly ready to make a statement. Today we get Brian Cushing back and again we are being embarrassed by another team we should be able to compete with if we are in fact the good team we all want to believe we are. Trends appear. The defense is not good. It isn't playing the way it did at the end of last season (again) just like Richard Smith's defenses didn't play the same way after their late surge the previous year. It's starting to look like the Frank Bush experiment didn't change nearly as much as we thought it did. His defensive line can't get pressure just like Richard Smith's. His secondary can't cover just like Richard Smith's. His linebackers are doing fine just like Richard Smith's which is nice but Cushing looks nothing like himself today. For all the talk of going ape shit on the Eli it appears that four weeks off does create a little rust after all. He looks out of sync. I'm comfortable believing that he'll get his mojo back before too long but today he's awkward and unsure and it shows. Bernard Pollard is doing the same second-year fade that Will Demps did before him. We've seen that before too. We need to pick up a real defensive coordinator the way the Saints did when the brought in Gregg Williams, Green Bay did when they brought in Dom Capers, or the way Miami did when they brought in Mike Nolan. Frank isn't getting it done guys. I'm going to go back and watch the second half. We can pull out games now and this wasn't meant to be a huge rant thread. Just a "Wow, we can't go on like this one defense" post. I see pieces but we aren't a competent defensive team. We're playing one of those right now and the comparison is not in our favor.