Originally posted by ramanz16:
Compared to how we looked in weeks prior we did look sharp. We had a decent running game and Smith looked good at qb. The problem was mostly constistency and penalties, but we did look better than we have previously.
Yes, context. In the context of the last weeks under Hill, and the constant pressure on our QB, the lack of blocking on the O-line both run and pass, the O did look much better. Night and day better. We are not their yet, but they are moving in the right direction again after being stuck in neutral for quite some time. Any movement is good, just get the damn thing out of neutral, which seems to be happening. Call it going from neutral to first gear, there are still more gears to hit. If Smith can remain consistent, it is a nice group to go forward with: Smith, VD, Gore, Craptree....if they can be consistent. It's the thing that ties them all together that needs big time improvement...the o-line.
We had our opportunities on both sides of the ball to take that game. Individual mistakes were made, nobody stepped up at the right time. Not the D, not the O not the ST. It was almost like each unit was waiting for somebody else to do it. Each one of them made mistakes at the exact time they needed to step it up....to close it out. Big third down conversions on both sides of the ball killed us. Yes, both sides of the ball. Nobody getting a good run back on ST killed us. A fumble at around midfield killed us. S**t like that, the little s**t that adds up, is the difference between winning against elite teams on the road and losing. That's the place you gotta be...contending... before you can take the next step of winning those games. Once you take that step of being able to win consistently against elite teams on the road...you are there.
As you can see from both Minny and Indianapolis, we are getting close.
[ Edited by Blitz on Nov 2, 2009 at 08:31:16 ]