KDawg Posted September 11, 2022 Share Posted September 11, 2022 (edited) Rollercoaster of emotion. Let's get into it. Offense: Wentz was a really interesting and exciting figure today. He sailed a few passes a mile high, put a few directly in the dirt, made one really awful decision and then threw a pick on a screen that shouldn't have been called (or thrown). Oh, and he also threw for 313 yards and 4 touchdowns, 2 of which were to a rookie, one to the stalwart and one to a guy that none of us were sure would ever stay healthy long enough to score a touchdown. What we got from Wentz was about what I expected. High octane with a chance of engine blowout. Scott Turner was electric as hell. And then Samuel fumbled and he went soft and conservative and ugly as hell, that was also about the time that Schweitzer went down as well. And then he finished electric as hell. It was like he realized, "wait, I could have lost this game dink and dunking with #4, we have a QB with a high end NFL arm... let's air it out". And then the touchdowns rained down upon us from the Heavens. Samuel is dynamic and fun. Jahan Dotson has tremendous hands, route running and vision. McLaurin is the glue and big play guy. Thomas is the safety valve. Oh, and Antonio Gibson who is not a full time running back played a hybrid role today and absolutely shined. 14 for 58 rushing, so over 4.0 per carry... but more impressive? 7 rec, 72 yards. Antonio Gibson was our leading receiver. Using him to his strengths will give him more legs later int he season and limit his interior touches. We are now going to see what Gibson can REALLY do. Defense: I am still not a fan of Bobby McCain. I genuinely believe Darrick Forrest has earned the opportunity to start for this defense. I wouldn't replace Curl. That leaves one guy: McCain. Forrest had big hits, big plays and the game sealing interception. I'd say he was the defensive MVP but Daron Payne exists. That guy played like a man possessed today. Payne added a sack, 2 PD, 3 QB hits and 1 TFL. Jon Allen added 2 TFL, 1 QB hit and 1 sack. Leading tackler today was William Jackson III with 9 total (8 solo). Which is both solid and also terrifying that guys were catching the ball around him that often. St Juste is an excellent hybrid. He looked like Landon Collins out there, except younger and with a bit more range and actual desire to play in that spot on the defense. He provided some excellent pass rushes and set up a big sack by Toohill (which was negated by penalty). Speaking of Toohill and the defensive ends: Sweat and the others were largely non-existent. Sweat did provide a PD and 3 QB hits, which shouldn't be diminished, but he also let Lawrence shrug him off and throw the ball out of bounds on what should have been a sack. He played okay for a regular DE, but not a great day for a guy that is supposed to be a part of a superstar duo. What about the linebackers? Uneven. I don't like them continually matching Jamin with Kirk in coverage. That's going to make Jamin look worse than he played in the mind of the casual fan who doesn't realize that an ILB shouldn't be matched up with the opposing team's top receiver. Jamin did play sideline to sideline, though, and provided some very solid pass rushes when sent for pressure. Holcomb was on the field. He did what Holcomb does. He hustles all the time, has no off switch... but he doesn't play downhill enough, reads the guards and overfills leaving too much of a cutback lane... But I don't think the LBs were the weakest part of the defense today. They were both largely okay. The ends, the free safety and at times the corners were the bigger issue, though I'd say I'm still most worried about the ends. Hopefully Young gets healthy and plays like we all know he can. Interesting to see if Del Rio adjusts the way he is calling defenses or personnel groupings moving forward. Still, a win is a win. Studs and Duds: *** - Daron Payne ** - Jahan Dotson/Antonio Gibson * - Darrick Forrest Honorable mentions: Curtis Samuel (if he hadn't fumbled he'd be on this list, what a game!), Carson Wentz (the one INT was awful, the second shouldn't have been called... the guy is on pace for 5,321 yards, 68 TDs and 34 INT ), Jon Allen, Logan Thomas. The duds are a bit more difficult but... Scott Turner - I don't know if this was totally on him, but I don't like how conservative we got after the fumble and Schweitzer injury and the screen call after Jacksonville was catching on to them in that situation was down right not good. He was so outstanding to start and finish though this is a bit of a nitpicky frown, but that mid game streak was scary. Bobby McCain Jack Del Rio I don't love seeing Jamin Davis on their best receiver. I could give more... but... I am in a giving mood after the W. Edited September 11, 2022 by KDawg 9 7 1 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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