Not the elite defense of years past, but still around FBS average.
Thanks for the write-up and Go Bears. Let's get this season turned around!
It is interesting what expectations do to reactions. The Seattle/UW media has been decrying how the Dawg D has become awful, when as noted here, it has regressed, but only to somewhere near normal/mid-pack. Which is not awful, and still better than some, just not as good as the history that dominates their memory.
Been thinking about how the offense could change and have an idea. Look at this formation - https://youtu.be/LpBJGpJFP3c?t=147 (should bring you to 2:27). Have #81 block the wide side DE immediately. Bring #4 (or #34 preferably) in motion to behind either guard with the notion that some interior lineman will lose his battle and so this TE is here to support that. That's 7 to block 4, 5, or 6 pass rushers. Send #6 out in a plug or middle route. Finally both Z & X have full route tree options. If it's zone, #13 waits for anticipates Z or X getting between. If it's man, then one of them is clearly going to get open or not. In the latter, just throw it away and back to the huddle.
Well, the word that the Cal offense is truly offensive is out...
Come on Bears, prove them wrong!
BEST SOLUTION FOR CAL = I SECOND AFTER SNAP PLUMMER THROWS SCREEN PASS TO JAY OTT!
I am surprised to learn Cal' defensive secondary is ranked 11th in the PAC-12.
Thanks, again, Chris. Insightful and thorough analysis.