When I’m pilled you don’t notice him . . .
He only comes out when I drink my gin.
Stop me if you’ve heard this. Jimmy G looks to regain his form after coming off an injury. Mr. Inconsistent has another chance to ignore Brandon Aiyuk, but can’t try to kill George Kittle as he’s out yet again, no thanks to some ill-advised passes from said Dr. Jimmy. I really hope this 2 week break has given our ‘genius’ offensive mind time to figure out how to get players open and not get his quarterbacks killed. Granted, the pass protection leaves a lot to be desired, so this means quick passes and draws.
Unfortunately, everyone knows this bit of strategy and these plays haven’t been working. Reminiscent of our last 5 coaching staffs and their reluctance to throw deep given the pass pro problems. You’d think that at some point, they’d either figure out how to fix the line problems, but it is still a work in progress. McGlinchey and Brunskill both struggled mightily vs JJ Watt and the Cards last game, and who’s to say we have answers now?
These types of plays of course are predicated on our run game. Which has vanished in a cloud of injuries. Wilson didn’t make it out of the locker room. Mostert had 1 carry, Sermon was nearly killed on his first carry, and Mitchell has been battling shoulder injuries of his own since his first game. Hard to build a consistent run game when you are signing practice squad guys from other teams just to fill out your roster for game day. So, with no run game to speak of, the short passing game doesn’t work as defenses play us up close and personal.
Which is why this team needs to run 4-5 WR sets and spread the field ALL THE TIME. This at least gets SOME guys out of the box. It MAY open a lane or 2 in the run game and it MAY open up some quick passes. That is if Jimmy can find them. They also need to throw the ball downfield. Just to show it, more than anything. Put Aiyuk on the edge and throw it to him deep. It doesn’t even have to be real deep. Just enough to show teams that we know how do it. Seattle makes a living getting PI calls on plays like that. Us? Never. Come on Kyle. Come up with something new and different to get your playmakers the ball.
Say what you will about the sub-par performance of the team, at least to the outside world, there doesn’t appear to be dissention in the ranks. Jimmy G seems to be well-liked despite his mediocre results and frequent injuries. Lance had his one shot and was done in by his head coach who seemed hell-bent on killing him his first game. Starting your first game is hard enough in the NFL without your head coach saying ‘yeah, you carry the rock 16 times. You carry the team. We’ll rest our weary RBs while you take all the punishment.’
So, here we are in Week 7. We have a couple winnable games in Indy and Chicago. Games the defense should be able to dominate. Wentz is Wentz and is good for a pick or 2 with any kind of pressure. Chicago? Who knows? They are in a similar spot as we are, but they went ahead and made the switch to the rook Justin Fields. We’ll worry about Indy first. If Jimmy can’t win this game, then his tenure should be done as well