I'm proud of our team, and very proud of the way our defense played at the end of the year. But don't forget how our defense played the first part of the year. Monte's defensive scheme is HIGHLY player-dependent - the players better be physically gifted and extremely facile with the scheme. Monte's defensive scheme by itself is a very weak scheme, no matter which team uses it.
In 2009 Coach Carroll used a scheme extremely similar to Monte's scheme, and our defense stunk. We didn't have the players. The same Monte-Pete defensive scheme in 2008 turned in an awesome performance because we had the players. Lovie Smith of the Bears uses a Monte-type scheme in the NFL, and it frequently turns into easy points for opponents - except during seasons when the Bears have the exceptional players needed to pull off Monte's scheme successfully. PC uses his Monte-type scheme with the Seahawks. Although they had a good defense overall, when injuries forced the Seahawks to use inexperienced backups, a lot more points were suddenly given up. It's too heavily player-dependent.
I put forth that Monte's scheme is flawed, because if most of our defensive players are not superb athletes with high intelligence who grasp the scheme to perfection, the defense gets ripped for big yards and points. IF the players are great athletes, smart persons, and they master the scheme, then the defense is excellent. Monte's scheme itself is at a competitive disadvantage compared to the schemes of most other teams. Depending almost entirely on the players is always risky. A scheme that can cover up individual player weaknesses would provide a systematic built-in dependability.