From my opening post in the PBP thread:
"I espect to see some improvement in the Offence with Milanovic having anoher week with the players. I’m not expecting any miracles, but you either improve or you regress.
I expect the receivers to actually put in some effort and block for their team mates, run all routes as if you expect the ball, run-block, run the scramble drill, and actually extend their arrms to catch a football. Of course, dropping a pass that hiss you in both hands SHOULD get you benched for a series.
I would hope for more team discipline, but at this point, thay are who they are.
Powell needs better pass protection; whehter that means more TE sets, multiple RB options, liberal use of the running game with all three RB/HB, quick slant plays, things that can setup better chances for a deeper completion. Face it, with the Tackles currently employed, it would be extremely difficult for ANY QB to play.
Hopefully Liegghio and Vedvik have worked together enough to get their timing and holding in sync. They are playing in a dome, so there should be no wind issues - meaning that there is NO excuse for ilegal kickoffs or punts.
I am also looking for SOME improvement in the D-Line with Wynn having another week of practice. I really don’t hold-out any hope for overall Defensive improvements with both Washington and the personnel dressed."
Every. Single. Point. was answered. In spades.
Butler was a complete beast, but he wouldn’t have achieved what he did without some truely excellent run-blocking - especially by the interior line. I couldn’t find the Time of Posession, but it must have been heavily tilted in our favour.
I certainly didn’t expect the Defence to play this well. The way VAJ has been playing, I truly thought he would carve us to pieces. They made a huge stop on 3rd down, had a fumble recovery, and a VERY well-timed INT by Thurman in the 4th.
Liegghio and Vedvik seem to have ironed-out the wrinkles in the kicking game, with (I think) all kicking attempts being successful. ST coverage was stellar, and SHOULD have been awarded another fumble recovery in the 1st, but the Officials royally screwed-up the call. Which brings me to this…
I have NEVER, in my 52-years of life, seen a TD return on an onside kick attempt. I watched the replays, and Anthony Frederico deserves the kudos for that play by getting out of the way of the football on that kick so that White could recover it. That showed some incredible football IQ.
The entire team was much more disciplined this game. 4 penalties for 25 yards is perfectly acceptable - 2 Time-count (10), Accidental DPI (10) and I can’t remember the 4th one. No Misconducts for once.
This was a complete team win. Frankly, I have been waiting for this all season. IF they can keep it up, they have a chance on Labour Day.