Originally posted by NinerGM:Originally posted by SybErkRimInAL:Originally posted by B650:
Yes, it's the offense. And as a result, the defense is starting to suffer.
Just like the San Francisco Giants.
perfect example. Yesterdays' game, their first drive, we get them to 3 and out. Our first drive ends up in a pick. Now our D is forced to defend a short field.
The strategy for a W for this team is a strong running game - IE, Time of Possession (read hear best defense is to keep the opposing offense off the field), a tenacious defense to force 3-and-outs or turnovers to do what? Give your offense the ball to chew up the clock, physically beating your opponent down.
This formula doesn't work when you can't sustain drives and can't muster an offense. The defense isn't (clearly) good enough to carry this team EVERY GAME. Just like you can't expect a QB and an offense to have 400 plus yard games every week, you can't always expect a defense to completely shutdown an opponent and give our run-into-a-wall, three-and-out offense 6 possessions and wait for an opponent's defensive breakdown to score.
That will happen more likely against bad teams, but AGAIN as it proved this past Sunday, equally or superior talented and better coached teams will find ways to counter our strategy and win - even at the last minute (Minnesota).
--- but all that said, the D played poorly,