The offense scoring 14 points against the 27th ranked defense in the league who was also missing key defensive starters is an awfully bad omen.
Deangelo running for 3.3 yards per carry against the leagues 31st ranked rushing defense is pretty bad.
For a ground based methodical offense to lose the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes is scary.
If not for Cam's legs and ability to make clutch plays this offense would be absolutely horrendous.
Top issues with the offense in no particular order:
- Lafell's inconsistency
- Byron Bell (self explanatory)
- Lack of sharp, quick passing plays and hot routes.
I can't remember if it was the first play or second when Bell's guy blew by him, ran over DWill then hit Cam. But if Cam had another second Ginn had a step or two on his man down field.
DWill's inability to run through a arm tackle cost this offense many times, as far as I'm concerned Tolbert should be the full time back. Can't ever question Tolberts desire to fight for those extra yards.
The play calling is awful. The last drive they handed the ball off to Deangelo twice and ran Newton on a 3rd and 10. Before that there was a 3rd play that where Shula called for a short swing pass, play never had a chance.
The designed Cam runs are good for a 3rd and 4, 3rd and 5. Shula called one on 3rd and 8 I think. In order for Cam to get the first he's most likely going to be taking a shot.
I was wrong about LaFell and ill admit that. This was his time to step up with Smitty out an he didn't do a thing. Burkhead and Lynch gave credit to Hixon for his blocking yesterday, well if Hixon can block there's almost no reason to pay LaFell.
I seriously don't mean to come off as a negative person but these issues are alarming in the bigger picture. I'm happy as hell to be 12-4, but now I want more! With a QB like Cam there shouldn't be so many issues on offense. He can only bail out Shula so much.