Yes, the time is ripe for some real football. Unfortunately we have two more preseason games to get through before the biggest test of the season in the frozen parking lot of the Mall of Minnesota, or the big black ice ship.
The preseason is a time of worry about: injuries, poor play, injuries, penalties, injuries, disinterest, and finally, injuries. We’e had our share of minor injuries but no season-ending ones. My concern is the topic. The lines.
I will say, the pass protection has been solid for he most part. Jimmy G hasn’t been sacked, and the other guys have fared pretty well minus CJ holding the ball too long. Run blocking has been a problem. Minus a couple big gains, most runs have been of the 3 yards or less variety. I get that we are still deciding n personnel, and losing Magnuson for 2 months doesn’t help, but I’d like to see this next game use a set cast of characters for the first few series to see if we can generate some offense with the run.
Defensively of course we are still looking for consistent pressure on the QB. Thomas is still on concussion protocol, Armstead is out for a few more weeks, and no one has stepped up to provide the heat. Jeremy Attaochu looked good last week so it would be good to see him on he first team D. There have been a lot of solid individual contributions, now it’s time for the team to become a team and start coalescing. And enough with the penalties. The whole leading-with-the-helmet thing is now under review by the league for some tweaking. Huzzah.