when you go up against teams like new york (who's running attack is tops in the league) and new orleans (who has the top QB in the NFL), you can't expect our defense to be proficient (during all 4 quarters) in containing them, especially with our lacking 2nd half time of possesion. these two offense's are tops in the league, our defense isnt THAT good.
As much as i'd hate to say it, Lucas has got to go...or at least switch roles with #31. it seems as though opposing team's passing games having been picking on him as of late, due to his inefficiency this year. you rarely see gamble giving up yardage, and you rarely hear his name called. its time for marshall to step up. i like the passion and intensity he plays with. he still has some learning to do, but he cant be any worse than lucas. knowing fox's loyalty to the vets, i doubt we will see that happen, at least this year.
offensively, we've been pretty successful at putting up big points in the first half. when we get a big lead going into the second half of the game, fox decides to rely on the defense to hold the lead in order to pull out the win. we've seen how dangerous our offense can be when we want it to be, why not play like that all four quarters? our defense plays their best when we have a ton of offensive momentum, as both sides had shown up in the first half.
there is no reason why deangelo should not have finished the game with at least 200 yards. instead, time after time, the ball was put in the hands of the struggling stewart, while deangelo sat out virtually the entire 2nd half. when the panthers found themselves down late in the 4th quarter, williams was then put back into the rotation, and came up with a couple key plays to help set up the game winning field goal.
and as a side note, who's bonehead decision was it to go for the squib kick? i mean seriously, there was 1 second on the clock, kick the ball into the stands.
bottom line is that our offense is pretty damn lethal and we need to take advantage of that. it would be ridiculous not to utilize all the playmakers we have. i really hope that fox goes into the playoffs with a killer mentality.
Edited by venom, 29 December 2008 - 03:09 AM.