I was at the game. It does not feel like a win well, because we lost...buuuut, it does not sting as much based on the idea that our offense finally showed up in the second half!!! It was like watching two total different games! The biggest observation that was apparent to me was the mobility that Smith displayed over Hill along with better reads instead of relying on check-downs after his first read. On several plays, if Hill would have stayed in, he would have been sacked at least three to four more times where A. Smith actually took off to gain several valuable yards. It was surprising to see Smith not think as much within the pocket and just react! I was thinking that maybe he got the hang of the offense the way Urban Meyer described that he had to do to be an efficient QB. Also the fact that Raye's offense is much like Turner's has probably helped his learning curve.
On another note, on that play where Slaton scored off the pass on a third down, there was a hardcore holding that was not called...even the Texan fans around me were saying that they got lucky on that one. There were several bad calls as well against us that really just killed us in the second half. Owen Daniels...man...that guy just seriously kept getting underneath our coverage...our safeties...so disappointing...this guy was open the whole game down the middle of the damned field!!! He pretty much had a career day!!! I had never even heard of this guy and all of a sudden the offense was going through him! On a positive note, Johnson was held in check for most of the game, except for that one long catch he had which really hurt, but the coverage was there. Our pass rush was ok at times during the game but not enough though...
In any case, I must say, Smith was fun to watch today, not to mention the production from the rook!!! He was lining up on the wrong side on several occasions but he came through when he had to. I am seriously excited to keep seeing Crabtree keep playing at that level, especially after learning the playbook a bit more. That rapport that Smith built with him during the bye week I think will pay dividends.
It sure does suck though that AZ won their game. We are now down one game in the standings The season is still just seven weeks old with a lot of football left to play. I have never been a Shaun Hill basher but man...he made it very difficult to like him today...especially after that really bad first half. What do you guys think?