The reality is losing willis,labatte,carr was no big deal... yup gonna put labatte in there also cuz dont think he'd make a difference even on this oline, the oline is just terrible, losing khan to retirement, again no big deal, he was a weak link last year and on the downside of his career. The one that hurts the most is losing brown, his leadership alone, makes him the biggest loss this off season but he retired so what can you do really. Donny O,whoever else, they werent important pieces really in the big picture. Really the reality is this off season we lost 1 big time impact player and he retired.
What i find to be the problem is, well.. Cal murphy said something at one point years ago along the lines of "it all starts with the qb, the rest is just window dressing". And that is what the problem is so far here, cant explain the d, perhaps missing Turner,Suber,Stewart and Logan (all starters) hurts. It probably does actually so i can give the D a bit of a break there as thats 4 impact starters right there, who prob could start on other teams also. Altho the dline got pressure on AC and did get 3 sacks in the process, not bad against montreal.
The real problem tho is the offensive line and the qb, that was brinks 6th career start, i cant blame him, he had very little time again to throw the ball, he didnt look awful, he didnt look great tho, for a guy making his 6th career start behind that oline, well, what do you expect.
The slow starts are concerning and has been for 3 years.. Fact is, the talent on this team is there, im not sure its being used properly tho, thats a coaching problem,whether it be Offense Defense or Special teams.. its not just 1, its all phases of coaching.
why was simpson pulled? thought he hurt himself again, he regularly limps off the field.. perhaps the bye week allows him to recover, ford looked good tho also. i guess, why did simpson only run the ball 7 times, 10 touches including the passes in 3.5 quarters, whitaker had 24 touches in 3 quarters, coaching is a problem, just not sure if its lapolice,burke or del monaco with the oline or who it is but its someone, probably more than just someone, probably a couple coaches.