I thought the second half today was the best we've looked in the passing game in years. I'm happy for Alex, because he's worked hard to overcome a lot of adversity, and today he looked the most decisive and confident that I've ever seen him. I'm not totally sold on him yet; he needs to show consistency over a stretch of games, but at least I see that our offense has the chance to be explosive with him in there, along with the addition of Crabtree. He looks like the real deal. I think three things need to happen for the offense to move forward and keep improving:
1. Singletary needs to realize that we don't have the type of offensive line that can impose it's will in the running game. I respect him for adding toughness, and a more physical mentality this year. But if passing the ball with Smith is going to produce more touchdowns, we need to go in that direction, and I think the running game will improve because defenses will now have to respect the pass as well.
2. Go with our younger, faster receivers. In addition to Crabtree, I would be focusing on Morgan, Hill and Jones at WR, and de-emphasize Isaac Bruce. He just doesn't seem to have the speed and quickness to get open consistently, and his production has been low. Our two fastest receivers aren't even dressing, and that's a crime. It's not like these guys can't catch the football. They're not like Heywood-Bay.
3. Improve the clock management and get the plays in quicker. This has been a problem all season, and that's on the coaches. We had 3 or 4 times today where we got a delay of game, or had to call a time-out because the play clock was running out. That's inexcusable in pro football, and it's killing us in key situations. On that last drive, 4th and 5 became a 4th and 10, which is much harder to make. Not to mention the stupid special teams penalty that put us on the 6 yard-line. I've seen so many stupid mistakes on special teams this year. They need to clean that up too!