Interview by Steve Wyche at the AJC: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sport ... lcons.html
I'm not calling for either's head, since I believe both can and will improve. But I found this little tidbit interesting:
Keion Carpenter wrote:
Nobody on this defense is playing great. I've been on some defenses that have been ranked No. 1 in the league overall and No. 3 in the league overall, and the running game starts up front on both sides of the ball. It's a puzzle and everybody has to fit their piece of the puzzle. To put it on one position is unfair to us because it's a team thing. The running game starts up front. The safeties have a role, and we've got to get better and we're working on that.
Carpenter sees what I see in the fact that our running woes start up front. The front 4 have to step it up, and then I think the LBs will step it up, and then the DBs. It's a domino effect. I'm not blaming our D-line solely for our run woes, but I do believe that if they improve, you'll see it across the rest of the defense, both in terms of our abilities to stop the run and the pass.