The first half we sleep-walked thru it. God alone knows why. The jump ball pass on the D's left side was completed all but a very few times. When the ball was thrown, we had it covered, then Anquan or either of the other 2 WRs flat outjumped our CBs and Ss. Yeah, there was very good coverage, but our corners or safeties were out jumped on virtually everyone of those passes. It is why i am hoping for a 6'7" WR in the draft who can jump vertical 4 ft, and can be taught to cover like a wet blanket on a hot fire. I know, there is NO ONE like that, but a guy can hope. So Dashon, good as he was, Carlos, Culliver, et al. DID in fact have pretty good coverage on those jumpball passes. Problem was they rarely knocked one down. The surprise? That flacco was able to so perfectly throw that dam ball right on the out of bounds line and he just let his guys go up and get it.
So when dashon got his bucket of money and left, we lost a great tackler. But tacklers for CBs and Ss in that game didn't do jack for us. They needed a 3rd down? Throw it up on the OOB line. It worked virtually every time. Conversely, we DIDN'T have that jumpball WR (amazing we now got the guy who literally killed us...good on you trent). So if we couldn't beat 'em, we stole one of their players who beat us like a drum. Now with Anquan...and Kap, I think we win that game.
There were so many times fangio had the opportunity to use the 3-4 for its main purpose:... blitz from 5 different positions. I know for sure flacco isn't making those throws if lying on his back. Fangio? Yeah, he blitzed....TWICE. Why run the 3-4 if you aren't going to blitz out of it.? I believe whole heartedly we could have won that game, WR jumpballs and all....but with a lot fewer completed if fangio had blitzed. Bad coaching, coaching error, call it what you want. But between the fangio non calls, the jumpball completions on the OOB line...that caused our loss. Completely preventable, but between HC and DC, this was a coaching loss. Sure, CBs and Ss were culpable, but blitzing sure would have helped them out. Oh, give jH and roman credit for loss too, for not having any idea what the heck to do with 3 downs to go 5 yd,s with some incredible screwed up clock mangement to boot. We should have called T.O.s then not earlier to discuss how to score from the 5 yd line.
Look, our guys are all green coaches. This was a learning experience. They lost because they hadn't had the experience they gained from losing this game, HC, OC, DC. And put ST coaches right up there with them. Coaching loss.....pure and simple. Am I sad? Yup. Am i really P.O.ed at them? yeah. But in the end, I cannot fault them for the loss in that these guys were all green. Can't fault a guy for being green. Next time? We better dam blitz, we better stop those jumpballs on the sideline, and we better put ST out there that actually knows what they are doing. We need Left CB. We need a Left S. We need a blitz. We needed better coaching, but i concede, our guys did the best they could. No excuses next yr.