I am starting to worry a little about our run defense...I noticed the Bills really moved the ball once whenever we let Lavalais and Coleman sit a few plays...
Last year we had the benefit of rotating Jasper & Lavalais at DT, two good run stoppers. But now our backups are Lake and Babs, both of whom are significantly better pass rushers than run stoppers. Coleman doesn't do much vs. the run, unless he's making a stop in the backfield, so basically it means if we want to consistently stop the run, Lavalais needs to be in there every down. I think it's about time the team tried to work Shropshire in there. He's a widebody compared to the rest of our guys, and right now with Babs/Coleman as a pass-rushing combo, I see no reason why Lake is given time.
I think Pudge it on the head our def tackles are not winning the battle up front thus the linebackers have to take on tight ends and running blockers before they get to the carrier.
Yeah, I think that's at the heart of the matter, not winning the battle up front. Getting Brady Smith back should help esp. when it comes to teams running outside on us, but at DT I think our rotation is emphasizing the pass rush a bit too much.
As for Koenen, his punts are starting to show progress. He's getting plenty of practice, since he's tied for the league lead in punts with 18.