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  • This Offense Would Be Better If We Actually Threw The Ball

    I mean, here we were 0-2 going into Seattle. I THOUGHT we'd open up the offense and pass more. That was why I originally posted that we'd pull out a close one. Then I saw Saunders tell everyone "were gonna run Jackson more". SO I then turned that game into a huge loss. See, you and I, we see what everyone else see's. That this team has little defense so your offense better be moving the ball and scoring to stand a chance. Just a chance.

    However this coaching staff still insists on forcing the run on early downs with lame-ass toss sweeps repeatedly. Forcing 3rd down after 3rd down. Why would you want to force an ever struggling offense into more and more 3rd downs!? This is Linehan ball, pure and simple. It's the same insanity we saw last year, and were seeing it again regardless of the offensive coordinator. This is the kind of offense you might run with a great offensive line, stable of running backs and a great defense. However we have none of those things.

    This team could be better if the gameplan were openned up more, I have no doubt about that. They'd at least be more competitive and our opponents would not have it so easy out there to just load up the box on early downs and wait for the inevitable pass on 3rd and 6.

    The commentators during the Seattle game kept using the phrase "baffling" when referencing why we kept running the ball so much when were down that much. What alternate universe are we in, where a coach can have such a lame gameplan of defeat and still remain coach?

    Putting Trent Green in, will only help if he is able to actually throw the ball to SETUP THE RUN. Otherwise we'll continue to get blown out.

    If we try that 50/50 run balance, we'll get killed. We should be running about 40% of the time to open the run game up more and spread teams out with the pass. That would work, that's why were not doing it.

    I am simply amazed at how bad our playcalling/gameplan is. So what difference does it make who our qb is, if he's going to be put in the same ridiculous 3rd down's continuously?

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  • Guam rammer
    Run blocking
    by Guam rammer
    I know the ****** have a pretty stout run defense but what i saw today was no push at all. Poor Steven Jackson couldnt build any steam with all those defenders in the backfield. His linemen slowed him down on some plays and it just seemed like Jax couldnt find any daylight anywhere. Our running plays look pretty basic and predictable so why do we continue to call the same plays over again. It seems like this is our main reason why we cannot sustain drives. We come into second halves of games up by a couple of scores then we try to run. Blaaah!!! An all pro running back just can't get it done without the big fellas opening up the holes. If we can't get it for almost an entire season, then the playcalling or the o-line needs to change.
    -12-26-2010, 04:42 PM
  • tomahawk247
    team has to be down before offense gets going?
    by tomahawk247
    is it that the team goes down because the offense doesnt score, or does the offense kick into gear knowing it has to score x amount of points to get back in the game?
    -10-30-2006, 06:30 AM
  • RamsInfiniti
    Just don't know what to think ....
    by RamsInfiniti
    Wow, what a way to lose a game. It took me all night to get over this one, and not that it really had a profound effect on our season, as 3-8 and having to win out just to have even a minute shot at the playoffs, isn't a whole lot to be excited about. But after seeing the ***** light up the Cards and knowing that at 3-8 we could have been 3 games back is a little hard to swallow considering we have two games coming up we should win before we hit a rough part of our schedule ...

    All that said, I can't believe we blew that game yesterday. Everyone can point the finger at Linehan all you want, but the real fault he had in losing the game yesterday was having Frerotte as our backup quarterback. He is absolutely terrible, and I have pointed this out after every game he's played in. He's a career 54% passer: he would be just fine if he played in the late 80's and early 90's. However, today's game is all about being a smart, accurate QB and Gus is not that. The blame solely falls on his shoulder's for the following:

    1. Inability to get the ball in the endzone with 1st and goal.
    2. Inability to hit a wide open Bruce on the play where DPI was called on the final drive. He was still wide open, and a good pass goes for 6.
    3. Inability to hit a wide open Bruce from five yards out with no pressure at all. He hits this pass, and we are all rejoicing at this point. No way our D lets the Hawks take this game if the O could come through.
    4. The fumbled snap

    Gus also missed on so many passes today that we easy conversions. He's slow and he is no better at getting rid of the ball than Bulger is. He's terrible and has no business in the NFL at this point in his career ...

    With all that said, I don't know what to say about Linehan. Latest rumor I hear is (per Glazer) is that he is coming back next year if he is willing to accept the introduction of a GM. I don't know if Linehan can right this ship next year. I don't think we've gotten an honest, baseline view of what he is capable of. He has proven in the past that he knows how to manage an offense. He fielded an explosive offense in Minnesota, and made alot out of a little in Miami. Everything looked up at the end of last season: the injuries have shattered us this year ...

    Before we discuss Linehan, the sad part about him potentially getting fired would be the loss of Jim Haslett. Yes, Haslett was a terrible head coach in New Orleans, but boy is he starting to click with this defense. Despite the absolutely horrible offense performances and consistent turning over of the ball, we are fielding a defense that is ranking 15th in the league. We are giving up 109 YPG on the ground, for 4.0 YPC, a HUGE improvement over last yield. Our pass defense is 12th in the league, 5th in the league with 59.2% completion against, and top third with a QB rating of 83.3 against. They play with passion all game long, and fight...
    -11-26-2007, 09:29 AM
  • vanillasue
    The opposing defense knows when we are going to run the ball
    by vanillasue
    Plus our offensive line is so anemic in our run schemes it is pathetic.

    We did try to throw the ball down the field more so I give them credit for that.

    We got a long way to go before we can even compete.

    We have regressed badly.
    -09-27-2013, 08:21 AM
  • rammiser
    What exactly is the offense doing?
    by rammiser
    I swear if we run one more draw play or one more screen I will quit watching this team this year. Why cant we throw some intermediate pass plays? Bulger has time to take 3 step drops but not a five step yet we keep trying to throw the ball over 10 yds almost every time. This gameplan the coaching staff has put together is pathetic.
    -10-21-2007, 04:48 PM
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