“Disturbing” Communication In The SecondaryDecember 4th, 2013
The New Schiano Order secondary has been opportunistic and much better than last season, but they’ve given up the booty too easily — too many times.
Sunday in Carolina delivered one of those remote-tossing moments. The Panthers’ opening touchdown was a 16-yard toss to Brandon Lafell, who had nobody near him in the end zone.
Johnthan Banks said today that it was a byproduct of him and others still learning the defense.
“Bad communication. We’ll get it fixed. Hopefully, it won’t happen again. It’s pretty disturbing. We’re still having some mental issues in the back end,” Banks said. “But it’s Week 13 of the season, that should have been over in the preseason. But we’re still working. Me and Dashon, were both new to this defense. We’re still learning along the way. So it’ll get better in time.”
Joe’s not making excuses for the big-play woes of the New Schiano Order secondary. They’re inexcusable. But it is fair to wonder how seamless a secondary can play when it’s got three new starters.
Yes, two of those are All-Pros on Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis, but there’s no substitute for familiarity. And it can’t help that Goldson’s brain is filled with thoughts of changing his approach to defensive football.
Presumably, with the entire starting secondary returning next season — and all under 30 years old — the unit would be measurably improved. But Greg Schiano has to be granted that year first by Team Glazer.