I was reading Sando's blog and noticed that he stated that the D has been playing an inordinate amount of time on the field. Almost 80 snaps against the Rams, 60 or so against the Falcons and now another 70 or so against the Raiders.
While I understand there has been much concern about our defensive coordinating and our inconsistent play I am beginning to wonder how much of it has to do with our unproductive offense. As mentioned above, spending that much time on the field not only tires your D when it matters the most, the fourth quarter, but also allows the opposing O to take a lot of shots at your D.
Personally, despite the fact we have had one terrible game on defense and the other two games were against mediocre teams, I still believe our D has a chance to really jell into something respectable. I think the Raiders 1-5 in our redzone is a testament to that.
Our defense will never be an elite D, but I know we have the potential to be a very solid D that you can count on. I think for this to transpire it will take the O to improve. If Beanie and Hightower can step it up in the run game and take pressure off Anderson and chew up some clock, it could do wonders for our D.