Sportsphreek Posted November 20, 2006 Share Posted November 20, 2006 There seems to be a lot of crap floating around here with people calling for others heads and what not. Hopefully I can clear a little of it up with my views. 1. Corners- We finally have both Springs and Rogers back. Despite what you say both are very good corners. Definitely above average. I heard comments about Rogers playing off the line of scrimmage. You need to remember, he doesn't choose. Generally speaking if you are playing a zone or deep coverage (Not his call) you play off the line, while man to man you are generally closer. Aside from those two we are really bad off. Kenny Wright makes some good plays once in a while but he always gives the receivers the inside and he gets beat over the middle. Bench him or play him only in Nickle packages. He has proven that he cannot play as a regular down corner. 2. Safeties- Sean Taylor and Adam Archuleta are both still learning. Give them a while. Archuleta's coverage defense will develop as he learns. As it stands right now he is one of the best Tackling and Run-Stopping Safeties you can ask for. Sean Taylor is playing normal, but a lot of times, it appears that he is getting burnt when a Corner (*cough cough* Kenny Wright) drops coverage because it then appears that he was supposed to pick it up. Troy Vincent is now injured and did a decent job in filling in for Archuleta. 3. Defensive Line- They NEED to generate more pass rush. Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels NEED to get to the quarter back faster. These guys are capable of playing Defensive line, they need to show it. 4. Linebackers- I honestly can't comment here because I haven't really paid attention enough to them. The only one that I do see regularly is Marcus Washington. And while he is having an off year, he still seems to be performing well. *Main Problems with the Defense (In order of severity)* 1. Tackling!!! - You guys have to know how frusturating it is to watch our guys try to tackle. They are all going for a big hit, arms out stretched, heads down... BLEH. For all the coaches we have we dont have a tackling coach...and right now that seems what we need most. Someone has to teach everyone to tackle, because right now the only people I have seen that can tackle effectively are Carlos Rogers and Marcus Washington. 2. Generate Pass Rush! - When we send 9 guys on the blitz someone had damn well better get there because you are hanging our corners out to dry. They can't cover the entire field. Even when we aren't blitzing, someone needs to step up and generate something. Opposing QB's have all day in the pocket. 3. Dropping coverage. Remember what scheme you are in. Stop always looking for safety help, and stop giving the guy the inside. 1. Quarterback - Jason Campbell looked incredibly sharp today. He showed great poise in the pocket and was very aware. I like his ability to scramble and I hope to see more of it. Mainly what I saw this game, was that he was excited (To be expected). In being in that state of mind, we saw him overthrow receivers by large margins, in time though he will get even better. Conversely, I saw an incredibly strong and accurate arm. Some of the passes he threw had to hurt as they were being caught. Very nice sight and vision. I look forward to the future with him. 2. Offensive Line- They are enormous. In spite of this they are getting ran over. I am reading blitz as they other team lines up, but the offensive line doesn't seem to care. They NEED to pick up the blitz and adjust. Jon Jansen needs to block up the center. This is not the first (or second) time that I have seen a LB play on the line and run right up center untouched. 3. Wide Receivers- We have a dominant WR core. It is time they started playing like it. They need to start picking up the pace. Lloyd, Moss, and Randle Ell, our 2, 1, and 3 (slot) receivers are very fast and have great hands. They have to get open more. 4. Tight End- You can't compliment Cooley enough. He is everything you want at Tight End. He can block, he always catches it, and he is a smart football player. This is the only position that I can confidently rate A+. 5. Running Backs (Half- and Full-)- Obviously we are crippled here with the loss of Portis. Duckett fits our line perfectly. Given the chance I think he can make stuff happen. Ladell Betts is a very good back, but in my opinion is not an every down back...yet. He has demonstrated great ability to go out of the backfield and catch a pass for a few yards. He needs to protect the ball more, and cut more. I know that isn't his style but that is what he is best suited for. He needs to use his vision, and needs to learn to break some tackles. Keep Sellers in when you need a FB and stop spelling him. He isn't in every down and the next step down isn't nearly as good as defending against the pass rush or catching as he is. *Main problems with Offense (In order of severity)* 1. Pick up the Blitz!!! - I read overload Blitz and was screaming for someone to pick it up but no one did. Our QB cannot be expected to pass accurately when he gets drilled every other play. 2. Make an effort - If the ball is remotely close at least dive and try to catch it. Lloyd and Moss do this all the time (As does Cooley). DIVE, make it look like you have some passion for the game. 3. Get Open - You can't really teach this, but our WR's are far too good to be covered as well as they have been. Moss needs to get well soon as he anchors everyone. **Coaching- In my opinion this is what is wrong with the team the most.** 1. Saunders needs to realize what type of running game we have and what type of O-Line we have. We cannot continue running stretch plays, are guys are far too big to be able to move that fast. Additionally Saunders needs to consolidate that 700 page play book. There is something to say about being prepared but with that many plays we cannot run a consistent offense. Sit down with Gibbs and lobby for what you think are the most important plays and keep them. Ditch the rest!!! 2. Take some chances!!!!!!!!!!! I can't tell you how pissed off I get when we sit on the ball at half time. When you are tied 3-3 or losing 3-7 or something--hell even if you are winning-- take a chance before half time. Put some faith in your players and go out there and try to do everything in your power to win. 3. Stop Giving up- The sense of urgency isn't there at all. When it is 3rd and 25 or 20 or something (Which we are in more than I ever wanted to see) dont run the damn ball and dont call a short screen pass. You can't expect our players to juke out the entire team or break everyones tackle. Not only that we should have gone into a hurry up offense far earlier than we did. Down 20-7 is not the time to experiment with plays. 4. Stop micro managing- As much as I like our coaching staff some people need to go (As they showed during Fox). Saunders and Williams should be our only Assistant Head Coaches. Saunders Assitant Head Coach- Offense and Williams Assitant Head Coach- Defense. Keep Bugel as your Line Coach but stop giving him so much power as an "Associate" Head coach. Release some of them, there is a lot to be said about efficiency. 5. Stick with one player!! Dont be ambiguous and say that Brunnell could come back. You have Campbell playing and he threw 2 TD passes in his debut against no INT's. Dont even leave the possibility of Brunnell coming back on the table (Barring Injury). Stop spelling guys every play. I realize different players are required for different packages (Wright for Nickle, Archuleta for 4-3 and Blitzing Patterns). 6. Greg Williams needs to stop modifying his system. Bring the pressure. It has always worked in the past. Trust your corners to cover the players they are assigned. Dont use modified zone coverage let them play man to man with some safety help over the middle. Generally that was when Springs/Rogers was injured so we dont have to worry about it as much. And above all, TEACH YOUR PLAYERS TO TACKLE!!!! _______ Having said all that, I think we played a fine game today and took a step in the right direction. I liked what I saw of Campbell especially considering he had no running game, and Santana Moss was out. I think I covered the stuff I saw in todays game in the positional analysis. Of course I am open to any of your opinions please post your thoughts on my analysis. -Kevin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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