Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Fortunate...we spotted them 14 right out of the gate...lost our starting QB...defense failed badly again today as did ST's and pass protection. I'm seeing a trend. Usually when we win we win in every facet. When we lose, we lose badly in every facet. But the bottom line is THIS was the Rams Superbowl. They knew if they lost this game their season was over. They couldn't even afford a tie. So in that sense, given the circumstances and given we fought hard to give ourselves a chance to win, I feel fortunate. I'm still unsure why the NFL (?) pulled Alex out of the game so late AFTER scoring a TD. If it's a head injury, they pull you out and evaluate you immediately like with Vick/Cutler. And if the guy is clearly leading TD drives how bad was he?
Good post! The game looked like it was turning around after the score but then with Smith going out it became a very ugly game. CK and the offense did OK, but Dwight Clark and others mentioned how badly our lines were beaten. Didn't like hearing that. Some of Gore's runs were strictly his will over the D. Just great runs.
As for taking Smith out, the announcers mentioned his eyes being really spacey so it must have been pretty severe. In the old days he would likely have continued to play and might have helped win the game...but I'm very happy they are more cautious now. Still wonder if Young will have future troubles.
Edit: as for a tie--not the end of the world. For a bad game, losing your QB and both D and ST having problems...came out as well as we have a right to expect.
Thanks for the update guys...Alex is the toughest SOB on this team, no question so if HE pulled himself out, it's serious. That hit was LOUD and to the back of the head; his fault. I'm concerned he may not be able to play against Chicago and he may not want to if the OL plays that piss-poor again (in pass protection). This OL can run block with the best of them but my God, they are a collective fail at pass protection at times and totally inconsistent. Alex/Kaep are two of the more athletic QB's in the game and they both were taking sacks, hits, forced fumbles, etc. less than 2.5 seconds to throw, etc. The OL, DL (esp. the middle), secondary (hell, the entire defense), ST (even Ginn - coverage; burned twice) was horrendous yesterday. Coaching staff had us ill-prepared and possibly overlooking a DESPERATE team that had already beaten the Cards/Hawks. They needed that win BADLY and played like it (see Jackson manning up and ST calls; ballsy).
That said, I was proud of the team's resolve though and Aldon/Brooks balled-out yesterday and literally, saved us about half a dozen times alone with critical stops on 3rd downs. Every single time. The other good news is that Roman adjusted per a backup QB on the fly (encouraging), we finally got some balls on 4th and shorts (and converted) and we gave ourselves a chance to win and got our backup QB some live bullets.
Overall: We've got to figure out why the passion has been lost 3 times so far this season (Vikings, Giants and now St. Louis). Rogers looks horrendous and continues to play about 1/2 speed (spotlight him and watch him in other games too; not good at all. He got his payout so...). Fangio needs to dial up his CB's to more press coverages at the LOS and stop giving those simple pitch-catches outside esp. on 3rd downs and esp. WHEN we bring a blitz; it defeats the purpose! Even if Culliver does slip on press, you need to trust your safeties to get over the top to help esp. along the sidelines (this is why you play them 30 yards deep to start) but Goldson/Whitner are very slow to the sidelines (laterally) and to the corners so I understand that dilemma but pick your battles wisely. Huge runs up the gut through Sopoaga/RJF & Willis/Bowman a lot this year...we struggle against good C's such as Baas. Time to get a wide-bodied NT to help clog those A-gaps AND push back the pocket? I think so...been saying this since we went to the 3-4. Smith/McDonald have been quiet minus personal foul penalties. With the success Aldon/Brooks have, there is no reason these guys can't also loop to the outside themselves or fire through a gap; maybe that's on Fangio's scheme too.
We have the same issues we always have even in a win. Many of these issues are masked by wins but there are certainly some trends to be worried about, everything from coaching, offensive-defensive philosophy to individual players and execution, to passion/fire and our fans and water boy. The good news is that we're the 3rd seed right now and we control our own destiny!
We do have a VERY tough stretch after playing the Rams Superbowl in O.T. and then turn around and play Chicago on Monday night for the #2 seed only to have to play IN New Orleans (who are hot right now) 6 days later and then turn around and replay the Rams in St. Louis and who knows how Alex's head is. Stay tuned...
[ Edited by NCommand on Nov 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM ]