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  • The coaching is getting better... Much Better.

    Yea our special teams coaching needs to be better but...

    Spags did a wonderful job preping this defensive squad vs. the Saints offense. Yea we did give up some big plays but we made them look inconsistant. OJ atogwe's forced fumble that got us a touchback wouldve given us all the momentum heading into the 4th if it wernt for a Alex Barron False start. We did give up many rushing yards and big plays but we did not give up a huge running TD our safteys fought hard to bring the RB down.

    Offensivly WOW! Pat Shurmur is showing improvements over the past 3 weeks (yea 1 was a bye lol) He is using the run game and S-Jax to open up the passing game. He went deep pretty well not too much not too little. However there was 1 huge mistake he made. the drive B4 our last drive he ran it on 4th and 1 with S-Jax. We have a huge C and Cogs is pretty big too. We shouldve just done a QB sneak with Bulger cuz everyone knew Jackson was going to run it. All in All im excited to see what he can do vs. the Cards.

    Some question looking forward

    With the improvements we saw in this game should our expectations be high vs. the Cards?

    Do you think we can score more than 30 points next week?

    10 TDs (rush/rec combined) for Jackson is that reasonable?

    How impressed were you too see our D play good down the strech?

  • #2
    Re: The coaching is getting better... Much Better.

    1. Our expectations should be high against an inconsistent cardinals team. The question is which cardinals will we get, the ones who throw 5 int's and no defense or the one's who have receivers burning all of our db's

    2. No, 30 points would be nice but i think we can win with 29 :P

    3. Maybe a little unreasonable but i think he will finish with about 7 combined

    4. Very impressed they are coming together as a unit and chirs is starting to get sacks this season, all ways improvement to be made but getting better.


    • #3
      Re: The coaching is getting better... Much Better.

      I think our defense is finally in that position to allow the offense to make plays. We weren't the greatest offense, but hey, we improved. I think a win over the Cards isn't far fetched.


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