Which brings me to the Defense. So far, no complaints from me. They look very much like a greedy and hungry Defense, intent on pursuing to the football. If we can avoid giving the ball to the other team liek we did against the Raiders, they look like they will make their own opportunities work. I think we’ve been wanting this kind of aggression for a long time. I know I have anyway. I think the most disappointing thing to me about the Rob Ryan scheme was the lack of aggression. His mouth was more aggressive than the Defense was, and that isn’t a put down of him. I have no issue with his bragging ways. I just wish his players had backed up his boasts.
Now we have 2 quiet guys leading the Defense in Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli and they have them playing aggressive football. Kind of ironic when you think about it. It certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Rob’s Daddy was not only one of the biggest mouths in football but was also one of the most aggressive coaches as well. The apple didn’t fall too close to the tree on aggression, but it rolled up against the trunk on mouth. Yeah, I know how many injuries there were to overcome on that side of the football. It still doesn’t explain why when we were healthy we were still not aggressive.
Here’s to the hope that this change in focus is permanent. I’m beyond pleased to see DeMarcus Ware having the possibility of a legendary season given the fact he no longer has to cover Tight Ends and Fullbacks. I loved his versatility, and believe it is what makes him the best Defensive player in the NFL. But dammit, I want that man wreaking havoc for the QB and giving my Cornerbacks and Safeties a chance to be thieves.
I watched the Raiders game at a sports bar in Tucson, Arizona called Famous Sam’s. My biggest complaint of the night wasn’t the play of the team, it was the band setting up their equipment for their set after the game. They called themselves Shell Shock. They looked like goofy wannabe rock caricatures, right down to the keyboardist and the bass player sitting in their car in the parking lot smoking dope before their set got started.