benjapage wrote:for the last two weeks, i'd been praying we'd go aggressive on offense but conservative on defense.
unfortunately, our defense was out of control, and repeatedly got burnt for overpursuing and trying to get cute/clever. tory james (sorry to keep harping) is the standard-bearer for this approach. it is fine for the secondary to swing for the fences against kyle boller next week; play aggressive, sure! but not against manning, come ON...the pick at the end of the half was nice, but frankly, i'd rather have locked down a few of those 3rd down conversions.
at no point did i get the feeling that the colts would fail to convert. that's just bad.
and as much as i try to pry my mind away from the image of ohalete just standing there trying to rip the ball out of dallas clark's clutches, only to be torched for another 40 yards, i CAN'T. it's indelibly scalded into my psyche.
if the carson and chad are correct in that the bengals will face the colts again in the playoffs, i hope they learn this lesson.
I pretty much have to agree with all of this. We again missed on some tackles again (Ohalate). I feel that we should've jammed a bit more at the line, rather than try to fool the most cerebral Qb in the game with creative coverages and looks. We also are obviously missing Madieu badly. This defense, despite it's tendencies to give up big plays, thrives on QB mistakes, and Manning simply doesn't make many of them. I hope this game can serve as a good learning experience for the club, because to take it to the next level, this team needs to step it up in games of this magnitude.
Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but I wasn't a big fan of the 4th and 1 call when we ran the sweep.