Here is my theory...and maybe i'm just saying this because this preseason is fresh on my mind. Our offense always seems to do better when they have to.. i.e. two minute drills, when we really need to get something going, etc. For athletes, playing relaxed can be a good thing..it doesnt appear to be a good thing for us though.. Its like they come out of the gates trying to relax their nerves but they end up relaxing their minds as well, and that razor sharp focus just isnt there..After they get a few wake up calls, they start to do better. I think we may need to do a better job at finding that balance between being relaxed and also keeping the intensity level up. ..or maybe its just the preseason and im overthinking it.
I'm so glad you said that.. Way too many people have said Rivera doesnt want to play the young guys, when in fact, we play more young guys than most teams. People just expect the young guys to be ready right away, or they want someone replaced without looking at the circumstances of the other options. When Rivera did put in the young guys last season, we weren't out of contention for the playoffs...Im sure a lot of other coaches around the league would not be willing to do that. We had a TON of rookies out on the field at the same time.
Everyone likes to say that Rivera loves his vets.. I think ultimately, they keep the players that they think will help the team the most.. there is a good reason that those players are often vets..generally, the longer you do something, the better you get. Its not like being a veteran is good enough in and of itself
I'm sure no one will agree with me but i think the stigma that Rivera has for being unwilling to go with the younger guys is unfair..I think we put more young guys on the field than a lot of other teams. I think people assume that the young guys should be ready a little sooner than what should be expected.. Also, i dont think Rivera has the final say on those decisions.
Why are you calling him injured? If you're healthy enough to play then you're not injured and you cant use that as an excuse because almost everyone has to play with some kind of pain. If you're a Saints fan, then you should keep your mouth shut when it comes to cheap shots cause you will never win that argument, so you just make yourself sound dumb. Thats like a Patriots fan calling someone out for deflating footballs. It wasnt a cheap shot anyways.. Everyone knows that you better keep your head on a swivel when the ball gets intercepted. Unless you're on the receiving end of those hits, you love when your guys make plays like that.
Every single team has people talking about unproven players that they are optimistic about in the offseason. The same argument you made in support of Remmers was probably said about Nate Chandler last year. He had a good finish in 2013. I think people were saying PFF has positive grades on him. In this league, everyone on the outside is going to doubt you until you indisputably prove yourself. If you are not a sure thing, people are gonna point that out. And even when you do start playing well, it takes awhile for people to notice.
I'm not totally sure that this is true. I can definitely see your point..you do have an argument..guys that command double teams are valuable. But it is a league where getting to the QB is becoming everything. Pass rushing is an art form, and I dont think there are a lot of guys that are great pass rushers from the DT position. My real point is that its hard to come up with an easy answer for this.