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Posted 24 Aug 2016Not sure about the roster but when is this team going to get a crushing dlineman? Bend but don't break philosophy sure as hell isn't working. F*ck bend but don't break.
I know it's preseason but but im really concerned about our dlineman.Except on the few occasions when Jenkins was healthy in 09,10 this team hasn't had consistent diline penetration in well over a decade.
It looks like it's the same damn thing this year. Everyone complains about the secondary but the core of every good or great defensive is good or great dlieman.
A team can have average corners, and safeties, if they have a dine that can breakup plays and constantly get penetration and pressure.A stellar linebacker helps too. We have Wilkerson and yet still this team always makes teams with decent online's and average qb's and even backup qb's look great with all kinds of time in the pocket.
Colt Mccoy is a backup that couldn't make it as a starter and he looked like a probowler against our 1st string defense last week.
Getting really tired of seeing almost every qb throw for 300-400 yards against this team every year.
As we play with a 3-4, it's the lack of a pass rushing threat at OLB that has meant opposing QBs have had so much time in the pocket.
Jordan Jenkins has looked promising at that position so far in pre-season, while Mauldin flashed at times last year, but it would be silly to place such high expectations on a third round pick and a first year player coming off an injury shortened rookie campaign.
If anything this preseason, we've looked soft up the middle against the run, which is worrying considering Snacks is no longer with us.
Posted 24 Jul 2016If Fitzgerald doesn't re-sign, then I think it's going to be Geno getting the nod.
Regardless of the question marks about his ability, Hackenberg was drafted to be the quarterback of the future and so I don't think it would be worthwhile to ship at least one draft pick to obtain either Bradford or Foles, neither of whom are top rate starters.
Seeing as it's his contract year and with the starting position currently being his to lose, Geno should be doubly motivated. For all his faults, I think he can do a serviceable job, particularly given the players around him. It should help that the offense is far better equipped than at any time during Geno's time with the team so far. In Forte, despite his age, there's a legitimate pass catcher and check down option in the backfield, which will make life easier for whoever is under centre. Then hopefully Jace Amaro and Devin Smith will stay healthy to add a threat at tight end and third receiver.
Posted 20 Dec 2015Studs:
Defense - a bend, but don't break type display. It wasn't the most polished performance from the defense, and yardage-wise it was one of the worst performances this season. However they made important plays at crucial points in the game, none more so than when Calvin Pryor picked off Moore with Dallas threatening deep in the redzone. To give up that many yards to a team and still only give up 16 points was impressive (admittedly it did help that the Cowboys used both Matt Cassell and Kellen Moore at QB...)
Powell - continued his great run in recent games. His TD was an authoritative run, while he delivered again in the passing game
Fitzpatrick - the INT aside, he again made the throws when they were most needed, and he made some good plays with his legs to avoid Dallas' relentless pressure
Decker, Marshall and Enunwa - our top two receivers can be expected to deliver every week. Enunwa stepped up massively yesterday though.
OLine - Fitzpatrick was under pressure throughout the game, and the run blocking wasn't particularly special either. In recent games, the offense has been terrible in short yardage situations, which shouldn't be the case when you having a bruising back like Ivory. Winters and Giacomini also got called for too many penalties, with one on Winters in the first half negating a big pass play to Enunwa that would, at a minimum, have flipped field position.
Ivory - struggled again, as did Ridley in the few carries he got.
Special teams - Bullock had his two misses, Quigley had one awful punt that gifted Dallas great field position (luckily Cassell ended up throwing a pick to Revis after it)
If we repeat that performance in our final two games, I'm concerned as to whether we'll be able to get the wins necessary to ensure of a playoff spot.
The first half in particular was worrying. To have forced two turnovers and had three redzone trips and then come away with just 9 points and be behind was not good.
Dumb mistakes cost us. Call me conservative, but I don't think the decision to go for it on 4th and 1 inside the Dallas 10 was the right one that early in the game.
Then the defense made things to easy for the Cowboys on their TD drive, with the penalty on Pace - harsh though it was - and Cromartie's whiff on Butler on the left sideline.
To compound things further, there was the procedure penalty on Douzable which led to the re-kick which Bullock missed.
At least second half we were better and only penalised once.
Posted 7 Dec 2015Studs:
Defensively we were solid again, except for the blown coverage on the Beckham TD and lengthy Will Tye catch. It was frustrating as well on the Giants' long drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters even if it did end in their failed 4th and 2 attempt. Miles was offside on a punt, which gave the Giants a first down before a PI call on Walls on 3rd and 20 granted them another first down. Fortunately in the end we had that great goalline stand.
Special teams - surely Bobby April Jr. has to go? The punt return TD was bad enough, but the return we allowed after kicking the field goal in overtime put the Giants in great field position that they failed to take advantage of.
It wasn't the best afternoon for Buster Skrine either.
Posted 1 Dec 2015Bit harsh to label Cro a dud - I thought he played well until giving up that late TD in garbage time.
The only concern really was the inability for Ivory to get going. That great run masked a mediocre performance. I think the recent struggles in the running game are more down to pass blocking though. Early on there were a couple of 3rd and short (as well as the 4th and 1 play) when we were denied by the Fins.
Also, it took time for the offense to fire up in the first half. Fortunately the defence were giving Miami nothing at that point and as soon as we took a two touchdown lead the game was more or less over.
Overall though it was a great, dominant win.
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