Flugel Posted November 20, 2008 Report Share Posted November 20, 2008 1. Start Harrison. It's been said countless times by countless people. We're all conscious on game day. Not sure why this is summer school level with our coaching staff but it is. Jamal hasn't run a 4.28 forty since he ran for 500 yards on us in just 2 outings. That was a lifetime ago. If Jerome only gets his usual 2-3 touches this week - I'm driving to Cleveland and throwing the entire coaching staff in the lake. 2. Start somebody/ANYBODY at ILBer that wants to tackle someone. I mean tackle with his shoulders instead of his hands or fingers. Was D'Qwell Jackson playing hide and go seek the other night? If so, he did a great job of hiding. The ONLY times he'd make himself visible were to show us he could run into the end zone AFTER the ballcarrier crossed it a couple strides ago. He's been horrible the last 4 weeks. Dude's petrified or he has absolutely NO instinct to make plays near the line of scrimmage or both. How much of a dropoff would we see if we played Beau Bell instead? When Andra Davis outplays you - you're not very good. 3. PRACTICE tackling. The last 2 weeks have shown me the WORST tackling I've ever seen from this franchise. Worst ever. Marshawn Lynch is good BUT let's not pretend he's Barry Sanders or Earl Campbell. Nobody was hitting with their shoulders, wrapping and driving through the man. Guys were rarely in position to tackle ball carriers and when they were - I didn't see ANYONE squaring up. They fly in out of control with their heads DOWN half the time. Does this team WATCH film of themselves? Seriously. When I coached Freshman Football to teens that were NOT making 6 figure salaries - you'd be surprised how well they understood the fundamentals of tackling. Nothing fancy folks. It's starts with WANT, gets reinforced with repetition, then it's polished with studying tendencies of your next opponent, and reinforced with more repetition. You can't play defense with your head down. Bad coaching BUT I hold professionals accountable as well. 4. We need BETTER inside blitzes so why NOT consider bringing Alex Hall inside so when can execute a FREAKIN x-stunt. It's outrageous that we can ONLY blitz DBs from the outside. Denver lit that shit up like a Christmas tree when they weren't having so much fun with their alignments and exposing how poorly we play chess. 5. Let's finally make use of Stallworth's uniform by dressing up WR Coach Wes Chandler. Dude was an absolute STUD back in the day. The expensive alternatives will be wearing blue jeans to the game this Sunday. They usually do. All kidding aside, let's get Cribbs a couple more reps and see if we can't find a play or 2 where Stubbedtoes can be of better use. 6. Practice kick coverage. It seemed like Buffalo started every drive near mid-field. 7. Need more playmakers to emerge weekly like Harrison, Cribbs, Quinn and Dawson. Some guys gotta deep 6 that stage fright that's biting them in the fanny every week. In the end, when we played the Giants - I couldn't find ONE aspect of our game to complain about except for maybe the high volume of offensive penalties we had. That said, we overcame just about every one of those. Sure we can blame the coaches for what we're seeing lately because they DESERVE it. However, it certainly makes me WONDER why this team was so darn easy to coach when we played the Giants but nobody else. Anyone else wonder about the difference? That adds up to they gotta WANT it more. More specifically, it's gotta come from within. I've always believed we've had the talent to win - I just question the character of it. That's what I LOVE about Quinn is that he's a confident and fierce competitor. He didn't let Braylon's mental lapses destroy his mission and consequently Edwards had his most receptions of any outing this year. We also scored to retake the lead the last time we possessed the football. You can't do this with a QB that has no confidence in himself because the team senses it and it spills over so they're not confident in him or the cause. - Tom F. (Outside of my concerns for our tackling, I enjoyed that victory Monday Night immensley. There's some things this team can build off. Now that Quinn is starting - isn't it nice to FINALLY be thinking about THIS week instead of NEXT year?) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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