This topic is primarily directed at those frequent visitors of the blog who have experience coaching defense, but any of us arm chair coaches can respond as well. I profess no knowledge of defensive schemes aside from what I learn on this blog, but here's the question:
If you were the Defensive Coordinator, what would you do?
Obviously you're stuck with an insanely young defense that lacks depth, experience, and in most positions talent. This question also assumes you're taking over right now and not during spring practice when you can really make wholesale changes.
I'd run a conventional 4-3 with 2-deep safeties, one of whom will probably spend a lot of time in the box. My alignment would be:
DE - Roh
DT - Martin
DT - RVB
DE - Banks/Black
LB - Mouton
LB - Demens
LB - Kovacs (with a dose of TGordon/Johnson/Robinson here and there)
FS - Vinopal (yes, I know - but who else? Carvin?)
SS - CGordon
CB - Rogers/Avery
CB - Talbott (I think he's made mistakes, but seems the best in man coverage)
I think a conventional 4-3 is the easiest way to let the defense just play football and not over-think. Right now they're lost mentally and that's affecting them physically. This reminds me exactly of 2008 when the D seemed confused - and THAT defense had a lot of veterans on it. Just put the guys out there and let them play. Try to play man defense for those young corners, play two safeties as much as you can, put Roh with his hand down, and keep Kovacs near the line of scrimmage.
Yes, good offenses will chew you apart, but that's going to happen no matter what!