Honestly, over the last two years, I don't think I have ever seen a team that had as much difficulties to convert on 3rd and 1 as the Als are.
Can anybody tell me why a 3rd and short situation is almost always a garanteed first down for other teams, but not for the Als?
Nealon fumbles. Brady fumbles. We sometimes go with handoffs way backfield, which makes our runner need to get three yards instead of one. We try corner routes so huge everybody on the defense has enough time to adapt and make the play. We even went with pass plays in shotgun formation.
How can 12 grown men be so consistent in not being able to move a ball 12 inches up the field?
Why can we make that basic play? Why do we always try to come up with something "strategic" on that play? Be predictable and smash the ball through the line! Give it to Vilimek and tell him to dive over the no-man's-land. Give it to Lapointe and tell him to run through the brick wall. They're good at it.
Stopping the offense on third and short should be an exploit. Not converting it. That should be a gimme.