Bend but dont break works. Otherwise people wouldnt use it. The reason it has a bad name is that it is most easily identified when it is not working well. When it is working well, it looks like a higher pressure defense because the DL is getting pressure, and the QB is making hasty, ill-advised, or inaccurate throws into a tight zone, all the while unable to get that long play he is used to finding. That is "bend but dont break," the average fan just does not notice it because it doesnt look like it is bending too much. So when one criticizes a bend but dont break defense, like the tampa two, it typically only means the defense just isnt as good as the offenses it faces. The gripe could be legitimate if the talent were more suited to blitzing and playing man. I cant say that ours is. It isnt much good for anything.