Totally agree on all points. I noticed a few times early in the season that Smith was looking back to the football, and actually making a play for it. I suspect that him not looking back last year was a result of coaching rather than poor technique. Note that we had similar complaints about a number of our DBs, which supports that possibility. Personally, I thought he was our best DB last year and early this year, especially when you think that he was usually sent out against the the other teams' top receivers.
And I never did figure out why they went after Eiben. I haven't been impressed with him for a couple of years now. Non-import or not, players have to able to play their position, and Eiben has lost a few steps and just doesn't cut it anymore.
Peach has got to have pictures of somebody in a compromising position! I know he was the big free agent signing for the defence but he is a joke. Maybe if Creehan's defensive ends contained, rather than pinching down, we might stop the jet sweeps and reverses or possibly sack the quarterback. :x
If his hand hurts cast it up...
This is the biggest game of the year, lose and your out, players play through pain all the time. I'm sure he would play if the team let him the coaches are just to stupid to put the best guys out there.
But how injured is the hand. It might not be a case of putting a cast on it and getting out there. Clearly he is injured enough that the team doesn't think he will be effective. I wouldn't draw conclusions that the team won't let him play and if they did he would. We simply do not know the extent of the injury.
Looking at the roster changes, it appears there have been 3 unannounced departures this week:
DE Jacquies Smith (played 2 games)
DL Monte Lewis
QB Chester Stewart
Might see one or more again next June.