It's not a stupid decision, given that Gano is excellent from that range, it got the Falcons to waste their timeouts, and gave us enough time for another drive even if we failed provided our defense held. If we tried to pass, we might not have gotten any yardage, and the Falcons would have a minute left - with timeouts - to score.
1:24 is an eternity to get into field goal range. Getting them to waste one time out isn't worth closing out the game.
For me, I just am having trouble looking at that oline and secondary and believing he is.
I've never been what he was with the VP of Pro Personnel, I believe that was the title, but like almost everyone on here I could have told him the tackle situation was not going to work along with Harper and Decloud...there just had to be midrange talent available better than this.
Then the whole Smith situation and extending Rivera and his staff
Even some of his draft picks are head scratchers.
As a PSL holder my tickets are virtually worthless again.
The team is just spectacularly bad. It's embarrassing and I'm not sure it needed to be. How they won 3 games is beyond me and make no mistake even if they should manage to beat lesser teams so what...is that what we want....A team that can't even compete against better teams? Isnt that what we had the later years of the Fox era?
For me the deal breakers are the tackle situations and Harper/Decloud. I just don't believe in him
Certainly the emotions of having a disappointing season can skew things. IMO, it's hard to judge Gettleman one way or another until after he has a chance to unfug us because of Hurney's contracts. We can judge his performance more accurately once he puts together a team he wants and not a team that he has too by default.
We knew prior to hiring DG that any GM we hired was going to have a tough task at hand initially. Now that we're in the midst of that tough task we can't lose sight of the cards DG was dealt upon taking the job. We all knew our team wasn't an over night fix. Our success last season has given us exaggerated expectations.
Gotcha....I was thinking more on defense. PJ feels tougher/bigger than Hendo so I was matching him up on the SF. Either way...this is going to be interesting tonight... To say the least
Yeah it should be especially considering the Vonleh factor. I know Vonleh's preference is actually to be at the 3 position. Not sure if I agree with our strategy of forcing him into being a post player. If a guy is 7ft tall and can shoot and handle the rock why wouldn't we play him as a 3 where he could be a match up nightmare?
Here's the good news regarding this game. The Hornets actually, for the first time, had more then a day off between games. Despite the concerns us fans have regarding team dynamics, the problem could be much simpler. We've had an absolutely grueling schedule this point in terms of turnaround time from game to game. This could be partly responsible for some of the second half collapses we've seen in the past two games. Certain teams whose success is driven by guard play are more equipped to deal with this problem then us.....we go as Big Al goes....and he's been tired.
With two full days off I expect to see a less tired team in the second half which should result in an improved second half fg percentage.
In terms of match ups, this game it should be interesting. The Suns are ill equipped to handle a healthy Big Al in the paint. We're ill equipped to handle the depth of the Suns' guard rotations. Our strategy shouldn't be to collapse in the paint when the Suns get the ball inside to a big. To win this game we have to stop the guards being able to penetrate into the teeth of our defense. In other words make the Morris's and Plumlee beat us.
With Zeller likely being inserted into the starting lineup with the absence of Williams our front court may improve. However Williams hasn't been playing as bad as some seem to think and his shooting and his mid range defense will be missed. What worries me is how the Suns will take advantage of the dreaded Maxiell, Biyombo combo we'll surely see. It actually could be a decent defensive line up as Biyombo isn't nearly as flat-footed as Jefferson when an opposing guard penetrates into the paint. However it could be an offensive train wreck....so it's important for the guards to hit their shots while those two bigs are on the floor together.