Originally posted by midrdan:
I think the major dysfunction is not the original game plan. Roman's initial game plan is right more often that it's wrong. But when it's wrong, the only adjustment he makes is to abandon the run. It is maddening.
Totally agree. It's understood that the original gameplan coming into a game will be wrong on some weeks, but how do you react when it is not working? Adjustments must be made, not at the half, but by the next drive. CAR was playing zone all game - Cover3, Cover 4. They were keeping everything in front of them, forcing Kap to look short as they watched his eyes. He did this in the first half with several completions on comeback routes (someone mentioned he was 7 for 11 in the 1st half, not bad). This should have been expanded to include more short completions to the RBs. Considering the zone coverage CAR was playing, with the quick pressure being applied on Kap, and VD being out, and the gameplan should have adjusted to a quick pass, short passing game. And of course, don't abandon the run. Gore did well on a few draw plays. That could have been used more to slow down the pass rush.