Halfway through the season, my sense is that the defence has improved significantly over last year. We have dominated other teams on many occasions, and we no longer find ways to give up a lead in the final minute or two (@SSK excepted). We’ve held opponents to under 20 points in 5 of 9 games! One weakness may be our run defence, which has collapsed a couple of times.
What is the biggest reason for the improvement this year?
Linebackers: I was worried about the loss of 2 of our 3 starters in the off-season - both all-stars - but it seems like Simoni has picked up his game and Rico has played well. Not sure yet about Tuggle.
D-line: Possibly the most improved unit, and J.Davis could be the reason. Wynn also seems to be an upgrade. Both are in the top 5 in the league for sacks.
DBs: Only one real change with Adeleke stepping in for Daly, but they all seem to be playing better.(See separate thread for counter-argument re: Breaux.) Tight coverage, lots of knockdowns.
Coaching: Washington replaces Glanville, bringing much more CFL-specific knowledge to the table. But is Steinauer also a factor, playing a more significant role in defensive coaching than we may realize, or somehow setting a different tone?