On paper its hard to disagree...Miamis d is far from elite...we can never get a stop in crunch time and have been eatin alive by even good qbs
Blaming a single person(who wasnt even on the field) always amuses me. Especially in light of the fact that Mike Nolan is a superior defensive coach who has had success virtually everywhere he's gone since becoming the Ravens defensive coordinator. The majority of our team came into camp out of shape and unmotivated.
I dont think anyone can honestly say the Bills have a better defense than Miami, even if they added Mario Williams.
One simple stat - Miami was 6th in points allowed, and Buffalo was 30th....and Buffalo had more takeaways.
You can argue we lost Bell, Taylor, Langford, and Nolan....but to say we have slid past a team that was 30th in points allowed is just someone trying to stir the pot.
380 yards per game...270 passing / 110 rushing...23.7 PPG
Last 9 games:
317 yards per game...233 passing / 84 rushing...16.3 PPG
To me the big difference comes back to turnovers which puts an end to yards and scoring by opposing offense while setting up our own offense and momentum:
First 7 games = 4 turnovers
Last 9 games = 15 turnovers
Last edited by AdamC13; 05-21-2012 at 01:04 PM. Reason: bad spellur
FYI John Clayton reported late last season that Mike Nolan lost his play calling duties and/or game planning halfway through the season to Todd Bowles. Not sure if its true but it does make sense.
I also believe that Mike Nolan underachieved with the players we had on defense. Its not all his fault, but he needs to be held accountable.
I also suppose my point was more general as we always have threads pop up screaming "Karlos Dansby cost us the season!", "good thing Marshall is gone, he lost us countless games!", "we shouldnt resign Wake, he lost us games by not getting enough pressure!", "we should trade Long, elite LT's dont win games!", etc, etc, etc. You pointed out Nolan as a major reason, i pointed out our entire team sucked.