I rode the elevator with a Ticat player the morning after the loss in Ottawa. All I said was "tough loss'. He said "yep tough loss...but we are in the playoffs"
It all starts fresh now. Masoli will be better. Mathews was rightfully pulled after he badly overthrew receivers on 2 plays. The communication problem between him and the backs, which led to a fumble, will be much improved with some practice this week. On several occasions I watched as several offensive players looked to the sidelines then at each other and then back to the sideline. There was much confusion several times. We took a too many men on the field penalty on one play.A weeks worth of practice will sort this out.
The O-Line is banged up. So What! Design a game plan with roll-outs, quick handoffs to Gable, quick hitters over the middle. Easy to overcome perceived shortcomings up front...get the ball downfield in a hurry!
2nd and 5...Henry was a master of this all season...short over the middle pass for 7-8 yards. Game was close and it was 2nd and 5 and I sat in dis-belief as we threw a long bomb downfield with a QB with almost no game experience this year. Incomplete..punt. We have 2 of the best over the middle, in traffic, great hand guys in the league. Tasker and Fantuz and we didn't throw to them!
No first downs in the first quarter yet we were still up at the half. Team is resilient and has the talent to win out. Please Mr. Bakari Grant...no more head butts. No matter how soft they appear to be, a head shot will almost always be called.
Quicker, shorter over the middle. Piece of cake eh!
Back in Ottawa in 2 weeks.