Posted: 9/30/2013 10:53 AM
Last edited 9/30/2013 10:55 AM by Gronktastic
Posted: 9/30/2013 1:01 PM
Posted: 9/30/2013 1:32 PM
I agree with most of this. I think our game plan of letting Gonzalez go free for short routes while preventing the deep play is something that we've always "planned" for in that bend but don't break style. This time we showed what a successful bend but don't break style looks like - you don't bend every single time the offense is on the field, breaks are infrequent enough that the strategy works, and the pure number of plays that you make the offense execute perfectly leads to mistakes.
Agree all around with the game balls - Talib was fantastic, the RB by committee was huge, I’m impressed with Edelman.
Regarding the goats – I think that BB has simply ruled out Kickoff returns as a real opportunity for points or field position. In rare form, he openly spoke out against the NFL a few years ago by saying that they wanted to eliminate the Kickoff. With the new rules, I think that he views the potential of a fumble or starting behind the 20 as outweighing the benefit of returning the ball from the end zone during every kickoff (if you look at kick offs from 10 years ago, many started on the field vs. the end zone). Therefore, he puts 2 bigger guys who won’t fumble and won’t be tempted to run the ball out unless there’s a huge opening. Not saying that I agree but I think there’s logic.
I don’t think that we did a horrible job with the pass rush, I think that Ryan did a good job of staying composed and getting the ball out quickly. It wasn’t like the last few years when we’d blitz and the QB would still have all day. He had guys in his face but he managed to get the ball quickly…QB’s can make an OLine look very good. Also, like you said, we were giving up the short routes to prevent the deep plays so Ryan could get the ball out quicker until he reached our red zone (which is why I think he looked so bad in the red zone).
Gronktastic wrote: We haven't done one yet this year, I figure after a great team win last night it would be a good timeBalls:Game plan: I loved it. let Gonzalez get what he wants but Julio and Roddy are not gonna get us deep. Loved the offensive game plan as well. Falcons are decimated on defense so lets run it down their throatTalib: Guy is emerging as one of the best CB's in the NFL and we are no longer that team fighting with the Packers to avoid being the worst passing defense in the leagueRB committee: I love the change up in RB's, keeps everyone fresh and from everything I have read there is no drama. The guys seem to support one anotherEdelman: came up huge when we needed himHonorable Mention: LB's. I know Gonzalez killed us last night but I am starting to like what I see with our LB's in coverage. They have really improvedGoats:Gregory: I need to just make a template that lists him here every week. Every game is the same, he is gonna miss a tackle that costs us points, a LB is gonna bump a guy at the LOS to divert him on a different route, only to have Gregory not get there in time to cover him. Kick returns: Look I am as big of a Blount fan as anyone but why is he returning kicks? To add insult to injury Sudfeld was back with him returning kicks as wellPass rush: We heard all week that the Falcons Oline was a mess and the Pats could find some success getting to Ryan. I would have liked to see more of a pass rush. Seems like every week Tommy Kelly or vince get the opposing QB off his spot but nobody can get there from the outside to sack him
Posted: 9/30/2013 5:05 PM
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Posted: 9/30/2013 7:14 PM
dokgonzo wrote: On Blount returning kicks ... I wonder if that isn't a logistical move. That is, rather than risk a fragile skill player like Edelman or Vereen, why not use their biggest and baddest RB to maybe lay out some opposing players. War of attrition. It could also be the lack of success is more due to the blockers not opening up a lane for him too.Anyway ...BALLS1. Talib - guy is playing awesome and having fun.2. Edelman and Thompkins - big performances.3. Blount and Ridley - ditto.Honorable Mentions: Boyce, Mulligan, Develin - each made one big catch, without which they lose the game; Hooman - does his thing, week in, week out, big part of the run game; Tommy Kelly, I don't think he misses Oakland one bit; Vellano & Buchanan - kind of fitting that the only sacks came from no-name rookies; the coaching staff all did a great job making adjustments all game long; Brady, while he didn't have the best night and missed a few open guys, he was clearly the leader of the offense and got everyone involved.GOATS1. Steve Gregory, his mistakes too often erase the good plays he makes.2. Friggin' Refs, some really idiotic non-calls, a ton of ticky-tack calls, just in general bad work - plus the mysterious replay equipment outage.3. Sudfeld, seems to be regressing and had a critical mis-handle on the onside kick.Dishonorable Mentions: Injuries ... Vince done for the season.
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hddcrash wrote: This was a good game all around, except for the loss of Vince.I only got one real nasty ol goat. I just can't stand Chris Collingsworth. He is such a mindless tool. How ever did he get a broadcasting job.
Posted: 10/1/2013 8:26 PM