Fix their takeaway machine. Last year it was broke.
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"I think it's just wanting to start on the practice field, be more opportunistic just doing it, and then just carrying it over onto field," Pace said. "Look at teams like the Seattles and New Englands. They're pretty good at takeaways, and I'm pretty sure they practice it and harp on it. Taking the ball away is a big momentum shift."
As for no fumble takeaways in the last 11 games of the season, that shattered the previous mark of seven straight games set in Games 3-9 of the 1967 season.
Calvin Pace suggested that perhaps last year's D was a little on the young side by means of explanation but not excuse, and besides, he added: "That's over with."
And Pace, who's been adept at separating opponent from ball over the years, added that considering the state of the rest of the defense's subunits, an improvement in this area (coupled, of course, with a decrease in the offense's giveaways) could do wonders in 2014.
"We just need to take the next step and get the full complement as far as our game goes," he said. "We're good against the run, we've gotten better against the pass. Now we just need to get better in takeaways, and get our offense better field position to give them a jumpstart at times."
Here's the list of the bottom five fumble takeaway teams since the NFL-AFL merger:
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