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DW Great Soundbites But Not Great D

Rising to the "Body of Work" Challenge

In another thread, a poster called my post, "The Defense Apologist Fallacy" and another by Fox, BS.  Both posts shredded the apologist myth that the O was to blame for our D failures because the D was on the field too much. Using drive charts, both showed that in our worst losses the D stunk from the minute it stepped on the field to the end of the game.

This particular poster, and and other Walkeristas find the most interesting ways to argue statistics. My favorite is on the walker site -- where someone gushes that we were ranked 14th in yards allowed per carry. He didn't point out any numbers to put that in context.

And the guy who called BS on Fox and me, when called upon to deal with the numbers we used, changed tack and said that he was more interested in the 'body of work" than backing up his original challenge.

So, I decided to check out the DW body of work at UCLA.

Here's what I found:

2006
Overall D ranked 35
Pass D ranked 87
Run D ranked 9
Scoring D ranked 39

2007
Overal D ranked 34
Pass D ranked 71
Run D ranked 25
Scoring D ranked 33

I don't know about anyone else, but that body of work -- in my eyes -- is mediocre, at best.

What's more disappointing is that in 2007 we had a very experienced team, 25 returning seniors, 20 returning starters. And, we were told that we had the what might be the best defensive backfield in the country. There was almost no improvement in our standings.

I know, this, and an occasional win over sc may be all that some of you want -- but if you want conference championships and to play in BCS bowls, this D won't get it done.

And, it's DW's D.

This "body of work" does not work for me.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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