I think of all the moves he made in the offseason and during the year, he only made 2 bad moves. Trading away Fred Perry, and bringing in Michael Bishop.
I know injuries (especially to Chick) made the D-line weak, but they were never able to replace Fred. The pass rush was miserable all year. Let's face it, the experiment of Kitwana Jones at DE didn't work. The man is a linebacker, and should be used as one. The strength of our defense is the linebackers - clearly. The backfield also did a pretty good job. But the D-line was the week area of the defense. They're not too bad against the run, but not good at all at getting pressure on the QB. Last night we lost in the trenches. Pierce was pressured a couple of times, but no sacks - again! I think next year we have to re-build the D-line to a certain extent. I still think Chick is a keeper, but the rest - I dunno. With all the good linebackers we have , it seems a shame some had to sit out, while so-so linemen were playing every play. Maybe they should cosider making us more of a 3-4 D? But at the very least we have to find some linemen who can pressure the QB.
Bishop - well need I say anything about that move? I know Crandell had a couple of brutal games, but was he that bad that a Michael Bishop was better? After last year's east final, it should have been clear that he was not the answer for us.
Overall I'm very happy with all the moves Tillman has made, but nobody's perfect. IMHO, we know the weaknesses, and now we can correct them. Get rid of Bishop - now, and shore up the D-line, and we should be in good shape for next year.