Big Dave wrote:
anyway I've been away from the boards a bit.. glad I found my way back! I think were in for a good year.. and a better future...!
Hey, welcome back. I agree ... it was a great game (just not a great ending). I think this team plays with a lot of heart. You cannot be unhappy when they leave it all on the field.
I disagree. The defense did leave a lot on the field. They were slow laterally, slow to react to slow developing plays, didn't pressure the QB, and got no penetration in the 2nd half against the run.
The offense was amazing. The Defense clearly needed, and hopefully got a wake up call.
The Indy and NO games last year were just devastating, but this was a much tougher loss than any I can remember. I can't wait till Monday Night to get this taste out of my mouth.
If I had to pin it on one aspect, I would point out Y Bell. He was eaten alive in both coverage AND it seems like he took a girls course on tackling this week. He was in direct coverage on 2 passing TDs (the 2nd one he didn't even attempt to make a play on the ball), and allowed guys to get 1st downs in places I've seen him crush would-be first down getters. That was a bad a game as I've seen him have.