I’m not a fan of zone as the primary defense. I think there are certainly times to go with it and times to be more man. However, both need to be varied during the game and a great DC will be capable of not only calling the right look for the situation but he will also be able to disguise the look more than we have ever attempted. As one poster said, we carry a flag for what we are doing and saying throw it right in here, we’re in zone now.
Lastly, a great DC will have there players better prepared to play these positions properly. We seem to lack this part because how many 3rd and long counts do we consistently give up? I’m talking the 3rd and 17 not 3rd and 7. We give up how many uncontested easy wide open long completions or long runs after the catch type plays. That’s on coaching and preparation to play a certain type of defense. To a degree, you have to have players to run your scheme but when you look around the league and we play teams with last in this category that category and we struggle against that, you can’t tell me all the sudden that team brought their A game or it just suddenly clicked for them today. They have had some mediocre players on that defense too but they seem to beat us on a given day and then go on the following weeks to be bad again. That tells me it’s more about coaching and preparing your guys more so than you have players incapable of running your scheme. I’d be taking a very very hard look at my defensive coaching staff this offseason and possibly my wr coaches.