Originally posted by kazak13:
some things dont make sense to me... we have a lot of talent that is sitting on the sideline.. what do you guys think?
why do we have a offensive lineman (killgore), McDonald and Bruce Miller lining up at WR when we have LMJ, Moore, and wide receivers sitting on the bench
why dont we have more screen passes to gore or even LMJ..
is our coaching staff afraid to experiment with and be more dynamic and aggressive? it just seems that the play calling is so conservative, and yet when they do open it up Colin and VD and Boldin can tear it up...
nnamdi asomugha was playing pretty bad and it took the injury to allow Brock to step up..
we dumped an explosive player in Lavelle Hawkins and kept Osgood... huh...
I love the fact that Seattle has so much depth and that they keep playmakers on their team.. and I wish we were a little bit more aggressive...
i guess we will find out how it all comes together after manningham and crabtree come back.. its not how you start the season its how you finish it!
I will agree about LMJ. We put a second round pick into this guy and we still don't really know what we have. With that said, I understand the coach's thought process. We have Gore and Hunter playing at a high level. You have Miller who has simply become one of the best at his position. Then you have Dixon. Dixon may not be that explosive runner that LMJ could be, but he has been exceling at coverage on special teams. He is the back up lead blocker behind Miller and has shown an ability to convert goal line and short yardage situations this season when called upon. He simply brings more versatility at the moment for the current offense this team employs. With our dline situation as is, your not going to have 5 active running backs on gameday.
Now as far as Moore and opening things up with more receivers. I think we saw how that worked out the first few games outside of Green Bay, who were too focused on shutting Kaep and the running game down. Other than Vernon and Boldin, we simply just don't have anybody that can get consistent separation. The packages that you speak of with guys like Kilgore lined up at receiver are simply used for confusion and decoys.
I think we as fans tend to criticize but in the end, we have to remember who is out there on these practice fields and analyzing these gamefilms to a T. Our coaching staff has done nothing but win in the NFL, I think they have proven to know how to best utilize their talent. I understand that you wonder when guys like Brock step up and completely outplay the guy that was starting in front of them, but that happens everywhere every year. Brian Hoyer has been bounced around a bit the last couple of years then comes to Cleveland this year and looks like he should have been starting somewhere years ago. Victor Cruz, who the heck was that guy when he exploded on the scene, how did that kind of talent go overlooked? The list goes on and on and so forth. Some people are just natural gamers and that doesn't transpire on the practice field and some are the other way around.
Before I started high school in what seems like an eternity ago now, lol. There was this kid, I believe his name was Matt Burke. He was an absolute stud and went to VA Tech on a scholarship. Once there he got very few chances to shine in games. When people and locals started questioning, it came out that this dude was a stud in practice and by far the best one on the practice field at his position but he simply could not carry that talent over to the gameday field.
Believe me when I tell you that this coaching staff knows what its doing.