- When players and coaches say "if you aren't in the meeting room you have no idea what the play was," they are right.
- Without knowledge of the play call, it can be pretty dicey to assign blame to an individual player. Quintessential team sport and all that.
However, a number of things went on that violated the basic principles of defensive football. So on most of these plays I can say with some confidence that that is not how the play was drawn up. It is certainly true that inferences were being drawn, but in most cases it is pretty clear that someone screwed up.
Keeping in mind those disclaimers, it certainly appears to me that the problems with this defense run deeper than bad tackling and some inexperienced defensive backs.
And now for the examples, with play by play descriptions taken from the NFL Game Book and screenshots from NFL Game Rewind's Telestrator function: