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    After a debacle of biblical magnitude in the first half, lets give the defense some major credit for giving up just three points and i believe less than 100 yards total offense in the second half, including a game saving stop on fourth and two at the end of regulation. All of that with aeneas on the bench! Of course, some major drops by the seattle receivers really helped.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

  • #2
    Re: Some kudos for the defense

    What did this team do differently? It looked like Archuleta sucked it up and played every down.

    Good job in the second half D.


    • #3
      Re: Some kudos for the defense

      For one thing, seattle got more conservative while we got more aggressive. For another, we stacked the box and stopped the run. For a half, we actually manged to tackle like a potentially championship team. And, we got better pressure on haselback, even though we didnt actually sack him, we at least got to him.

      Notwithstanding the foregoing, we probably dont win the game if the seattle receivers dont drop several big passes that hit them right in the hands.

      general counsel


      • #4
        Re: Some kudos for the defense

        Instead of a bend-but-don't-break defense, we currently have a break-but-don't-lose defense.


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          we cant run the ball at all. no consistency of any kind. not only is that hurting the offense, but its hurting the defense, which is on the field too long. last two weeks defense is digging holes for us, making it tougher on the offense. We are not good enough offensively (especially without bruce) to outscore the good teams especially without a running game and with our usual turnovers. you cant have these type of negative turnover differentials, coupled with a lousy punter killing you on field position and think that you are going to beat playoff caliber teams. That just isnt reality.

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          ramming speed to all

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          How about that run defense!
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          If we play that kind of run defense all year, we are going to win a lot of games. We really did dominate against the run, notwithstanding the lousy pass rush.

          Best ram tackling performance (exclusive of special teams of course) in quite a while.

          ramming speed to all

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          -09-12-2005, 06:11 AM
        • viper
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          Big kudo's to the defense this week! They held Seattle to 4 field goals and came up big on the 4th and 1 play. The two turnovers were HUGE! I've been critical of both Aeneas and Butler but they stepped up to the challenge today. The run defense still gave up a lot of yardage but the pass defense was much improved. It looked like everyone was swarming to the ball. They came up big when they had to. All in all a fine effort.

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          3) We have to stop giving up so many big plays on defense
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