On some of his major decisions this season and in particular the past month or so, Marcel comes out looking pretty good.
1) Bringing Cobourne in. (OK, maybe that's Obie, but I'd have to think the coach had input.) Despite the previous RB having decent stats for a couple of seasons, the team decided we needed to upgrade and add veteran leadership to get this team over the hump. If I hear one more person ever say that it was a mistake to replace Cobb with Cobourne, I promise I will speak up and put them in their place.
2) Going with the young receivers. While I'm still not necessarily convinced that it was a brilliant move to get rid of all our veteran imports, the rookies sure did themselves proud today. Bakari Grant had his best game to date. Williams overcame a boneheaded mistake early on to make a meaningful impact on our late scoring drives. Thigpen made more of an impact as RB and returner, but he's still a guy we need on the field - probably moreso than any of the departed vets.
3) Johnson for Baggs. WIth Jamall in the game, I don't think we get the win today. One forced fumble (plus recovery), one sack, one INT brought back to within easy scoring range. Hickman was invisible (except for his penalty), but most would have chosen him over Baggs after seasons both have had. Imagine if they'd sat B Grant to make room for Baggs.
4) Getting Porter some playing time. When Glenn went down, was there anyone among us saying "darn, I wish Porter had not gotten so many reps in the last few games"...? Result: TD drive when we really needed one. Not to mention the earlier TD pass to Stala. That's right folks - it never was a "two-QB system".
5) Resting the veterans last week (even at the cost of another .500 season). Seems like the right call. Everyone who sat last week looked sharp today.
Congratulations to the Coach and the entire team on a great win!