Some random thoughts about this dumpster fire and rather than bump twenty treads i’ll try this. Lets start by going back to last season.
Fajardo should have been six gamed. Who allowed a guy that needs his legs to be effective to carry on? For what it’s worth, Durante was no Goode either when he was hobbled. So many times they kept KEY drives going with their feet. Continuing to play cost CF and Maas their jobs in my opinion and that is the reason that CF didn’t play hurt last game in my opinion (aside from the fact we were ready for him). Lesson learned with those two i suspect.
We could have used the extra six games of experience for our backups. We could have used the cap space and perhaps found some Oline help? I blame the media for promoting the “he gives us the best chance to win” crap. I blame the media for the role you played in driving a wedge through the team with the Marino crap and the Williams crap. Like it or not this was two guys fighting for their teammates. They did need to learn some hard lessons on how to go about this but not from your soap box. You seemed to need this more than the team needed your help. I blame O’Day for his management of our cap space. I blame Dickenson and Mass for their handling of our QBs. They didn’t just hurt us last year, it also hurt us this year.
Dickie suggested that we need to hit the gym, get stronger and get in shape. Please allow me to translate this as some of you clearly need the help. In jock speak this means that your balls need to drop and you need to man up. If you read this any other way then you are not a real jock and if you play for the team then you shouldn’t be. Does Dickie need to be more obvious? Maybe he is in the room. Maybe it is simply just a lack of character that the chopper mommie generation doesn’t respond to? Perhaps we need more recruits from east somewhere like St Louis or Detroit? Would that just give the media too much fuel?
O’Day. Stop recruiting players with an bad injury history. We need guys we can depend on. Also, last season we had a run blocking oline, this season it’s more about pass protection. We are better at that contrary to popular belief as teams need to throw more than three players at us to achieve the same result. It is often five or six now. Unfortunately they seem to suck at run blocking. Do we have the money for players that can do both? Do you think Dickie can motivate these guys to hit the gym? Re-sign the ones that can block and are five percent stronger heading into next season. Give them a raise. As for the team in general, we need to play smarter. Is that on recruiting or coaching?
Fine needed to focus on the short game for a couple reasons. The first being that teams were throwing everything at the line. Argos especially were sending six constantly for a quater and a half. They shut that down until Dolegala entered the game. He took advantage of it. Fine is missing his deep attempts and not seeing the medium stuff. Think he is rushing his reads due to his inexperience and is still shell shocked from his experience from last year when he was tossed under the bus. Game might slow down for him yet but at the moment i don’t believe his receiving group is completely sold on him. He needs to stay focused on the goal.
Dolegala. Two seasons in a row he’s started a game with only one full first team practice? What the hell? Did you notice the Als started to blitz him as well when he entered the game? That’s what happens when you enter a game with no reps and no game experience. PS: when you first look to one side the entire defence shifts there. There should be five open receivers on the other side of the field or at least one fewer safety.
Jeffrey, same issue Maas had for the most part. How do you fix a problem that needs to be fixed by executing certain pass attacks? Teams will stop blitzing if we can connect on the deep ball often enough. Teams will stop pressing the short patterns if we can hit the medium regularly for big yards. When CFs feet stopped working last year it all went down the crapper and the kids aren’t there yet. As for the play calling, you can’t outguess the other guys if we can’t execute. Just extend the drive if possible and go for the home run when it makes sense. Please make them learn to progress through their reads in practice. Our next biggest problem is that our defence needs a ball control offence because they don’t have the legs to play a full game. Jake needs to find a short game.
First possession of the game in Montreal i could see that we were going to roll over and play dead. Where do i send the treats for that neat trick??? That’s it for now. Needed that~ Thanks!