Originally posted by GoldenJoe:
I don't think the scheme is faulty. We have shown we can throw the ball and open it up with some success when necessary. However, we are best when we control the lines of scrimmage, control the TOP and get our running game going. Having said that, sometimes you are in a hole that is too large and you must abandon the run game. We are not built to win that way with Alex at QB and I am a pretty big supporter of his. Our D is supposed to be able to keep us in any game, which allows us to stick to our style of play for the most part. As many have noted, the Texans are playing a lot like we did last year. Their O looks better but our D last year was more dominant than theirs. Our D has fallen off this year. We all knew it would happen, you cannot have that turnover differential two years running.
Our D will inevitably have average to bad games. Our O just is not explosive enough to make up for instances where our D has some lapses. We tend to score on long, time consuming drives. We have talent on offense and some playmakers, we just don't take many high risk/reward chances. Moss is still a deep threat but he is older now, also Alex doesn't throw the best deep ball. Still, I'd like to see at least some attempt at a true vertical game other than just Vernon. Would giving Jenkins and even Williams more of a shot really hurt us that much? Would it hurt more than running those stupid Kaep plays?
We knew this was going to happen, the offense would need to carry some of the load the defense carried last year. The problem is the weapons we brought in aren't being utilized as per their skills. Moss and Manningham have true vertical threat ability, yet we don't have the QB to actually take advantage of their skills. Alex can throw deep but he isn't accurate with most of those throws. They are being used as decoys or underneath catches which doesn't really get you anywhere. 90% of Alex's throws look to always be at 10 yards or less. If we play from behind, those type of throws are useless. If Alex played like he did against the Saints last year, we would be fine. I think the whole team lost some edge that they had last year. Need to get that back ASAP, especially Alex.