Its pretty obvious it was Shaun Rogers if you watched our run D and pass rush last year compared to 2007(which was much better), missing Shaun Rogers for Chuck Darby was huge because of the double team on Rogers instead of Redding. Withthout Shaun Rogers, the D was historically bad and we couldn't hide our terrible Mike LB in Lenon on top of poor tackling safeties other than Bullocks. With Shaun Rogers playing at his highest level as a Lion, we win 7 games, did a good job in the first half stopping the run and force turnovers with a worse secondary, the D holds early and we sweep the Bears/beat the Vikings. Its a snowball effect without that double team. Just like poor QB play has a huge effect on the offense.
I fell into the Marinelli trap last year. His guys failed miserably. We had a bunch of undersized Rudis(the ****** Notre Dame guy) running around. Good idea, but alot like Millen all talk. We'll see what happens with bigger DTs and much much better LBs and better tackling safeties, nobody is saying they are competing for the division anyway. Hate away.