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 21 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 22:02 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law
Sure, we came out looking ill-prepared for a pro game, but at least we got to see #26 & #84 repeatedly give us the nauseating Holmes 1st down gesture. Awesome! I heard those two are getting barbed wire bicep ink later in the week.

Forgot to mention, very much this.

 22 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 21:58 
Started by jonzr - Last post by jonzr
So far it's 41-7.  And KC has the 41.  Damn.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?&gameId=400554325&refresh=90

 23 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 21:34 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by jonzr


I agree, but still it cracked me up and made me question my Bruce Arians furor of years past.

 24 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 20:43 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law
Alterraun Verner would have been a nice pickup, as a FA.  Plenty of CB prospects have come and gone while our FO got amazing values like Jarvis Jones in the draft.  I'll shut about about Jarvis, and the draft.  But still.

We have a speedy midget platoon, which does not bode well against larger receiving squads.  Like, ohhhh, the Bucs.  With Ike out, we're even smaller.  Well, whatever, Deshea Townshend wasn't large but he succeeded in this system.  Of course, back then (way back then!), offenses geared more toward running early downs, and the PSD was geared to a more run-stop F7 concept; keep a tight lid and force opposing QBs to make mistakes, right?  Well, not that this is Mac's fault, but we have a DL centered on a more mobile, penetrating NT than a human edifice, so we don't get those 2nd-and-9 situations, and we have CBs (and LBs) who are forced into reactive roles, trying to beat fast-release passing offenses and use raw speed to recover when the receiver beats them.  I don't know how much of that is the DBs/LBs fault, actually.  There is NO push up front.  Mac is not occupying 2 guys, so that shifts the emphasis to Heyward and Cam Thomas.  Heyward hasn't lived to expectations, and Cam is a backup, period.  Keisel actually got 8 more snaps than Cam, which makes sense, but Tuitt got 3, which doesn't.  We need to switch those snap numbers for Cam and Tuitt, stat.  

Either because of or in conjunction with the lack of anything along DL, the OLBs have been ghosts.  Worilds sightings have been weak sauce; we went about 60/40 Moats/Harrison, and while they've had some pep in their step I'm not seeing sacks and turnovers adding up.  Maybe as they get more time, that will come.  How the snap count sorts out, I don't know.  I'm not missing Jarvis yet.  Still think we should just trade his ass.  

So without anything from the F7, RBs continue to get yards after contact, and our stops are 5-6 yards downfield from the missed tackles and bad angles.  Sweet.  And the CBs are never in a position to anticipate and jump routes... which is EXACTLY the strength of having sub-4.4 dwarves as your DBs.  Shamarko Thomas -- NO snaps on defense, NOT ONE.  Seriously, WTF?  The guy is small, but covers OK, has missile speed and hits like a truck.  So, yeah, don't get HIM any package work.  I wouldn't want to strike FEAR into opposing players FFS.

The recurring nightmare of our inability to stuff the run (3rd and short is now a gimme for opposing offenses), and of WRs/TEs striding across the middle with the CBs stumbling 10 yards off like toilet paper that the receiver just shook off his shoe...  all too sickening.  For a couple of years, the defense was too old.  This year, the defense is too young.  Well, whateverthefuck, can we stop anything?  At all?  Please?  Soon?  I'm not even asking for the dominance of yore, though I pine for it.  

Personally, I don't think the front seven (with Jarvis out) is that bad.  I actually think the DL has been the bright spot on defense.  Would be nice to get a little more pressure on the QB, but I don't see them as the biggest problem by any stretch.  The secondary?  Aren't too many that are worse.  They couldn't cover me.  I remember wanting Verner, bad and he didn't end up signing for much more than what they gave Cortez.  Terrible, terrible, ROI there.  Walter Thurmond and Tarell Brown were excellent options at bargain bin prices, but they passed because they were gonna address it via the DARFT...oh, wait...

Point is decent CB talent is out there...if you know what you're looking for...

As to the game, the turning point in this one was the flea flicker pass that went off AB's fingers.  He makes that catch, decent chance he gets in the EZ, it's an 11 point lead with little over half of 4th quarter left and they hit the magical 30+ number on offense.  Would've totally changed the complexion of the game; up two scores plus 2pt conversion; big play at home; crowd going crazy; Tampa forced to become one dimensional; etc.

Could've been sitting pretty at 3-1 looking at a very doable schedule, instead they're a very pedestrian 2-2 along with what feels like half the league.

Fucking painful.

Awesome.

Oh, and they cost me my survivor pick. 

Assholes.

 25 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 20:11 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law


Yeah...except Haley ain't the problem...

 26 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 17:56 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Hard to get picks when you have no idea where the ball is.
When you're running right with a WR and you're both approaching the goal line, might be a good time to glance back because there might be something coming your way.

Yeah.  Or any time the WR's eyes get huge, he starts to reach up, and says something like "Yes... yes... YES!  Come to PAPA!"  Maybe then, too.

 27 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 15:20 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by otismalibu
Hard to get picks when you have no idea where the ball is.
When you're running right with a WR and you're both approaching the goal line, might be a good time to glance back because there might be something coming your way.

 28 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 15:09 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Did I read correctly that we have one INT this year?

Thank God for Heinz Field's sticky grass, eh?

 29 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 13:50 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by SCacalaki
Did I read correctly that we have one INT this year?

 30 
 on: Sep 29, 2014 at 13:46 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by jonzr


Hilarious

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