Could it be... Maybe fisher is taking a greater hand in the defense and schwartz doesn't deserve much credit at all? The average or median defense in the nfl gives up 325 yards and 21 points per game. In the last 2 weeks we have given up 338 and 17 points on average. We are still dead last in total defense and 29th in scoring defense. Can we wait until there is a 5-6 game run of decent defense before we have this kind of dicussion? It took titan(pope) jeff one game to canonize schwartz and proclaim that the last 40+ games were not his fault.. We are playing the run better and i'm wondering if sirmon playing his natural position is a major factor. He is a bigger more physical player than thornton and seems to have improved things there. In the meantime tulloch is an improvement on sirmon in the middle. Sirmon is a natural sam linebacker isn't he? The one fact that thornton was hurt and wasn't used on run downs has nothing to do with schwartz! Is schwartz responsible for our corners playing better? It was schwartz getting in pacman's face that is responsible for his recent spirited play? I doubt it. Fisher would be more responsible for getting haynesworth and pacman back to playing the way they should and improving the attitude of the defense. It looks like the way we handled those 2 situations worked..