We had the all timer Ravens in 2000, they reloaded and were a dominant defense for basically Rays entire career.
The Bucs defense in the early 2000s was amazing
The early Pats
The Bears in the mid 00s was nasty.
The Polamalu Steeler defenses
Legion of boom
Dawkins and Jimmy Johnson's Eagles
Patrick Willis' 49ers
Are the Jags next in line? Probably. They did almost give away the Steelers playoff game and they did give up a big lead to the Pats. If you're a great defense with big leads it should be signed sealed and delivered.
Feels like a weak period for these kind of defenses.
I don't remember the seahawks 2016 version being any more dominant than the Jags or even the Eagles last year. They were good, but they got thrashed by Carolina in the 1st half of that playoff game. I know Russ was stinking up the joint but the Panthers didn't punt until 2 minutes to go in the first half and worked some long scoring drives. I think you're being a little too critical in your judgement of the defenses today.
It has changed. The game is just played differently. Targeting and helmet rules have been changing every offseason. It's just not gonna be the same kind of deterrent to throw over the middle anymore. That's what made Kam special. He's still a great football player without being able to knock somebody into next tuesday, dont get me wrong.
Bears have the chance to develop into one if they can get high end talent on the back end. Fuller is good but can't catch. Create some INTS regularly from the pass rush, I think they will be with JAX as the best candidates
I don't know about that. The site that tracks penalties claims more def holding penalties were called I'm 2015 than 2016. They're not exactly high now either, within the same range as years past.
JAX defense may not be who we thought they were.
I feel like defensive penalties isn't the right metric for understanding the impact tho. The adjustments that defensive players have had to make to *not* get called for these penalties is why it's so difficult to have a dominant defense.