I have had the past few hours to sit down and write out some quick notes of what I thought of the game as i watched it another couple of times and here is what I walked away thinking.
Qb's- Alex came out in the first half and looked legit was on pace to throw for over 300yds, and a good game, the first pick should of been caught but that is the way things go, the throw was late. In the 2nd half there was a fundamental change to our offense that I really didnt understand. Our route combinations changed as well as the overall feel of our offense, which I do personally believe strongly contributed to Alex's bad 2nd half performance. The 2nd pick was all Alex, he didnt look off the coverage and got baited into that throw all the way, a bad read and stupid mistake. The 3rd interception was a joke not only should it have been caught(and yes it was the right read Alex threw it to the single coverage with no help) but it was also Pass interference by about a second on Morgan. Overall, in a fair assesment, Alex did not look great but once again when allowed to do what his strengths are(see last drive before half) he looked good. He had accuracy and timing issues, but timing can be changed and the extra hitches are what are causing his accuracy problems, give him a strong pocket and it will improve(see houston game). Grade- C-, below average game
Rb's- Gore is consistent as always, he missed a couple of large lanes that could of changed the pace of the game but no one is going to be perfect and he did well considering what he was given. He is a much stronger runner out of the shotgun then the OC gives him credit for and his biggest gains the past 2 games have come from the shotgun. In pass protection he was solid reading the blitz pickups and for the most part did well in protecion. Grade-B+
TE-Delanie and Vernon, moreso Vernon, are the bright spots in our offense. Vernon is really uncoverable atm and I do not understand the patterns we had him running, which were flat routes and not utilizing his vertical speed, it was very self defeating against the coverages we were seeing. Vernon was covered well but in bad routes bc of calls so I dont blame much on him, his blocking was strong and he chipped very well whenever needed. The best thing I saw from him today was him stepping up as a captain and telling others to use their head when they were doing stupid things, overall I have really loved watching Vernon coming into his own this year and hope we sign him to a huge deal for a long time to come. Grade-A, both in play and as a leader
OL-Make whatever excuses you will but right now our OL play is subpar, they are just playing bad. Take a clock to all of the QB throws, the OL is supposed to provide 5 seconds to their QB to make his reads and throws, I invite anyone to do what I did and you will see Alex is under pressure in under 2 seconds 24% of our pass plays, in under 3 seconds on over 60% of our plays and in pressure in under 4 on a whooping 87% of our plays. Providing your QB with sufficient protection 13% of the time and expecting to win/see decent QB play you are nuts. Sims held his own, Snyder was horrible, Rachal was ok, improved from what we had seen. Heitmann was good but did miss a blitz pickup, and Baas was below average as normal. That being said we need a tackle and a new guard for next year, if we went Ot, Og in the first round next year I would be happy. Grade-F, just got whipped all day.
WR-We saw some good things and some bad things today.Crabtree is good in reading zones but his hands were a littl off today, he is a rookie that is expected, Hill showed up when given the chance and his connection with Alex before half was a great flash of potential for everyone to see. Morgan had rock hands today, it was bad, he should of caught that pass that was Alex's 3rd pick. Bruce is old and slow and shouldnt see the field. Grade-C+(for Crabtree) D- for everone else.
OC- This is really where we lost the game today, in the 2nd Quarter we had the D's number we were running the right route combos and exposing the coverage where needed. We came out in the 2nd half and started running the same routes we saw when Shaun Hill was in with a much weaker arm. It was all short and easy for zones to cover, we didnt spread the field like we did in the 2nd quarter and we didnt open things up so we could let Gore run wild. I was personally blwon away by the horrible playcalling and was sad to see our Coaches give the game away. Grade-F, cost us the game and our halftime adjustments actually hindered us instead of helping.
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