Matt has stated that the offense will be more complex for various reasons. However, the defense will also become more complex in 2011, allowing this defense to make it to the next level.
1. Returning Players Have had a Year in the System
Many players like Paul Posluszny and Dawan Landry were good players last year, but 2011 was their first year in Mel Tucker's system. Both players could improve significantly. The biggest improvement will likely come from Dwight Lowery, who was not only new to the system, he was new to the safety position. He played considerably well in 2011, often coming up big on critical third downs. However, his biggest issue during the year was catching interceptions. He was often in position to make the big grabs, but he constantly failed to bring them in. Perhaps, he'll be able to improve on that going into 2012.
2. The Personnel has been Upgraded
This goes into the first reason, but the players have been upgraded. It is a given that Lowery, Posluszny, and Landry will improve. Then there are the new guys like Aaron Ross and Andre Branch. Ross will be competing with Rashean Mathis fo the LCB spot. and ther loser will be relegated to the nickel. Either way there will be three starting caliber corners at the three top corner spots.That could easily allow Mel Tucker tio work in more blitzes from Posluszny and Smith. Branch, the 2nd round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft will provide a jolt for the pass ruzsh. He isn't quite proven yet, but he has the potential to be a force. Imagine a 3rd down front 4 (left to right) of Branch-Mincey-Alualu-Lane. Jeremy Mincey and Tyson Alualu could push the interior line further into the backfield and cause the QB to move around in the pocket, making him easy fodder for the long arms of Austen Lane and Andre Branch.
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