Well, we all saw the debacle that was yesterday’s game. Funny thing is though, there was a lot of good amid the collapse. The Beater looked very good at times, till he tossed the duck for a pick. The defense played very well for most of the 2nd half after an atrocious first half. We stopped turning the ball over in the 2nd half. The penalties were way down (2). the defense went to press man coverage in the 3rd quarter, and with the blitzing we slowed Rodgers to a crawl on 3 straight possessions in the 2nd half after the opening 2nd half drive for a FG. Including a goal line stand. And we got 3 sacks on a gimpy Rodgers.
The bad? Well, the penalty on Sherman was a killer. Ticky tacky or no, they call that shit every time. The pick. Green Bay started picking up our blitzes and gave Rodgers time to throw (and run) just in time to steal the game away. Shanahan’s play calling to me left a lot to be desired.
To me, the players played as well as they possibly could. And the coaching was very good this game. For all the atrocities in the first half, Saleh adjusted to the maelstrom by going man-to-man and pressure. It worked for a while. So, while the offense was racking up points in the 1st half, the defense was sucking. Then the defense stepped up, and the O started sucking. By the end they both sucked just in time to give it away.
The main problem I had with the play calling came after the goal line stand. EVERYONE knew we were going to run left on 1st down, as it had been a very successful play all game. That would have been a PERFECT time for play-action. Fake the run left and roll-pass to Juskdydfyu or Kittle for 12. Instead it was 3 and out. We even stopped them after that series, but as we all know, giving the ball back to Aaron Rodgers is a pretty silly strategy.
And then there’s the pick. Admittedly it was a ballsy call on 3rd and 3 to go for the win. Maybe for Jimmy G though. I don.t know. CJ hit Goodwin on that deep pass in the 2nd quarter that was a thing of beauty. Goodwin was behind the coverage when the ball came out, and he simply accelerated to the ball, beating both defenders for the TD. However, the pass to Goodwin on 3rd and 3 was woefully late and underthrown. Sure, it was basically a punt, but a pick got the crowd, and the Packers, fired up. Of course we gave up a 21 yard scramble to a guy who was wobbly as fuck to seal our fate.
I would really like to see us play a full 60 minutes of good football. We are good enough to beat a lot of teams but turnovers and mistakes just kill us. I am still on board with the Lynch/Shanny regime but I think we could use another DC however with the new rules quite a few teams are getting hammered defensively on a weekly basis.
Just good enough to get you beat – CJ Beathard
Looks like Baby Bosa is retiring from Ohio St. No matter, the Raiders will snag him for sure. When I look at our pitiful schedule after the Rams, Cards/Raiders/Giants, Bucs, with the Broncs to come, I guess we’ll have to settle for the second or third best rated edge rusher. Good thing it’s supposed to be a bumper crop.
Don’t kid yourself, RTF. Read the first line of your post.
New thread is up.