Starting to see an Identity...
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:50 PM
The DLine has been lights out in terms of getting after the QB...what 10+ sacks the past 2 weeks? Thomas Davis continues to lay lumber on opposing players...Kuechly has been the x factor in changing our defensive play...Norman talks the talk and walks the walk up to this point...hell even Rivera is finally not scared to cuss out Captain on the sideline....
Being that we are 2-6...I think the important thing the rest of the way is to build and to continue creating this identity because frankly there has been nothing up to this point but a bunch of soft trickery confusion offense...time to pop some fools in the chin...send some QB's flying into the crowd...Defense lead the way...all the way
Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:59 PM
Norman pointing at the scoreboard to RG3, Keek loosing it at the end of the game, Kraken kicking ass, Big Money coming through, Frank the Tank pushing guys all over the place, my boy Dwan collapsing the middle, TD knocking guys the fu(k out.
I never thought this team would be defined by the D this year, but there you have it. I am hoping the offense has a similar turnaround starting this week.
I'll say it again, I know it takes 53 men, but Luke Kuechly (at least to me) is changing this team into something different than it was before he went into the middle.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:05 PM
I can finally see the identity now. Love the hard nosed Defense.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:24 PM
i hate "i told you so's"m even from myself, but i told people i felt like rivera would turn the defense around the way that the offense turned around last year and early on people tried to rub it in my face. that kind of thing doesn't bother me at all because 1) i'm used to being wrong so it's not that big of a deal and 2) it's just a message board. anyway......i feel like that's happening. they are becoming the defense i thought they could.
i just wasn't counting on the offense regressing the way it has, but i think it's just a matter of playcalling and confidence, both of which i see turning around. i think that they will be closer to what they were last year personality-wise.
having both offense and defense clicking at the same time and a weak schedule could result in a winning record this year o at the very least improved over last year, which is really all i want....just being better than last year.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:51 PM
Perhaps guys knew they could run crying to Hurney and/or Richardson, but Hurney's firing changed that.
It's all theory, of course, but it kind of makes sense.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:53 PM
We are starting to gain the tenacious edge on defense with an offense hopefully learning to be smarter.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:58 PM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:09 AM
Why else would a GM be fired during the season?
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:11 AM
That is what has changed. Rivera has finally pulled the brake pedal out. It is full bore all the way baby. Now get the O to improve by the week and we are back to being scary. Very scary.
Winning on the road was big. Even if it was the skins. Beating Denver this week will put the league back on notice. We may not make the playoffs. But no one will underestimate us.
And GOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:27 AM
Love havin a scary defense, I know its still early but dammit, Im assumin a little consistency, buildin each week on the last. Let our defense get better, let Cam & Co enjoy their time on the side, might give them a boost knowin the other side of the ball got their backs....
Not even thinkin playoffs, but in the words of the late, great... "Just win, baby..."
Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:52 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:00 AM
Perhaps players just thought they had to do just enough and they could get a big paycheck from Hurney..Now that is thrown for a loop they actually have to live up to some sort of expectations.
I'm going with this one.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:55 AM
I love it, my kind of football. Keep it going!
Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:32 AM
I think that is the definition of manic.