dream_017 wrote:Things I didn't like:
- falling behind: I don't like the fact that we fell behind by 14/17 points. Part of that was also getting inside the 5 yd line and coming away with 3 points. One of my biggest pet peeves about this team. Obviously we didn't have CJ, so we may be throwing a fade for 6, but I would still like to see a play inside the 5 go for a TD on the ground.
- not scoring once getting inside the 5: see above
- missed tackles: not a huge concern as there are many new faces and this is a different scheme and it is also the first time they had pads and were able to hit people. If this continues into the 3rd pre-season game then it will be a concern
- Cason: already been mentioned by others
Dream, I hate to tell you this, but it is impossible to turn the team over quickly enough to correct the D flaws. Especially when we decided to go with a TE instead of D help. I fully expect that this team will lose many, many games becuase its D cannot stop good offenses. I also expect that we will be in more games because our O will be improved. When I look back at the 7-9 season and last year's 0-fer I realize just how important Martz was to the team. Remember Kitna blowing up at the start of the second half, game one? He realized the gross incompetence of Coletto and NImRod. Now we have a HC who wants his players to try and make plays and an OC who knows how to design a pro offence.
It'll get better, but its going to take time.
I don't really expect this team to compete for a playoff spot this year. I know it is going to take some time, but on the other hand, I think it may be(at least I hope) sooner than we think. One reason I think we didn't go defense in the draft is because Schwartz and Gunther think they can work with what they have to at least be competitive. I think we saw a little of that this past weekend. By my calculations, Atlanta only had 7 plays that went for more than 10 yards. They also only had 228 total yards
With the game on the line all ATL had to do was get a first down with 2:05 to go and it went like this:
1-10-ATL 29 (2:02) 27-T.Brown right tackle to ATL 27 for -2 yards (39-S.Schweigert).
2-12-ATL 27 (1:58) 27-T.Brown right end to ATL 25 for -2 yards (54-D.Levy).
Timeout #2 by DET at 01:52
3-14-ATL 25 (1:52) (Shotgun) 4-J.Wilson up the middle to ATL 26 for 1 yard (69-R.Kees).
Timeout #3 by DET at 01:47.
4-13-ATL 26 (1:47) 9-M.Koenen punts 51 yards to DET 23, Center-48-R.Shiver. 30-D.Wynn to DET 27 for 4 yards (29-J.Fudge).
Again, I'm not trying to get too excited, but it has to be encouraging to see so few long plays and to see a defense step up when needed(even if it is 3rd string guys).
Plus, with an offense that can move downfield, that will take even more pressure off the defense.
Nimrod had this team so unprepared going into games (I posted before about 5-6 games were in the first quarter alone we were down 21-0 or 21-3). I just don't see that happening with this HC/OC/DC.