Originally posted by NCommand:
Fangio better step it up. We've been getting beat on deep balls left and right suddenly (either P.I.'s or deep sideline passes for huge gains or TD's). And on top of that our pass rush has really fallen off. Aldon has 19.5 ad Brooks has 6.5 but after these two, nobody else has done squat (J.Smith is 3rd with 3). We still really struggle covering the RB's out of the back field esp. on delayed passes or drag routes. Still playing way off and two-hand touching receivers AFTER they catch the ball. We aren't utilizing the strengths of the 4 best LBers in the game IMHO. Hopefully Fangio can scheme a great game plan in 2 weeks but we can't sit back there and watch teams methodically march down the field esp. in a no-huddle where we struggled the most.
As to the offense, this is 100% on HaRoman and I'm 50-50 every game with these. CK is guaranteed to have at least one mental fart a game, our running game has REALLY dropped off the last quarter of the year and we've got a ton of injuries now. VD is still non-existent save for one concussion-catch-hit a game. Screens? RZ offense is VERY poor. The closer to the EZ we get it's 2 runs and one pass ALWAYS short of the EZ hoping for RAC.
Has ST's made a positive play all year? Blocked kick, return for a TD, forced fumbles, etc.?
Coaching is still up/down. Tons of penalties, not playing to our strengths, getting out-coached, not giving our young QB more than 7 seconds prior to the snap, etc.
Anyhow, tournament ball is over and it's now time for the playoffs. Despite all the concerns we wrapped up the #2 and have a real shot here. Coaching makes all the difference in the playoffs. Let's do this!
Great post. Excellent analysis. You point out some important areas of concern, areas that need to be addressed.
I totally agree with you that alot of the concern falls on the coaches. Its as if the league has caught on to their tendencies--so they need to learn to adapt.
But I'm confident that they will. This appears to be a hard working group of coaches that's not afraid to make changes and doesn't play favorites.
I was much happier with the offensive game plan yesterday. I think we saw the pistol only once or twice. Mostly we ran out of the pro set, the I formation, and LMJ had a really nice run out of that. He's made some progress, and brings alot to the mix.
Bottom line, for me: this is only the second year for this coaching staff, so there's still room for growth and improvement. The best is still ahead. IMHO.
PS: Gonna be fun to watch Seattle vs. Washington. Washington blitzed alot yesterday. It will be interesting to see how Seattle addresses that.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Dec 31, 2012 at 9:08 AM ]