Cam has been leaps and bounds better as a pocket passer this season. The Broncos, Patriots, and Colts all have better offensive personnel than us. More importantly they all have better offensive coordinators.
Some of the play calling and game management today was sad. Qb sneak on a 4th and long 1? How about let Cam pick a lane to run in rather than take what the offensive line gets him.
Yeah I thought our philosophy should have shifted in 2009. The Saints were in a tight game against the Vikings for a trip to the Super Bowl. Game goes to overtime. They got a soft PI call and were instantly in field goal range. That's like taking candy from a baby.
The rule changes favor passing so much that you would have to be an idiot to build a strong defense and run the ball. When you run the football, it's nearly impossible for the defense to be penalized. When you pass it there are numerous automatic fist down penalties.
Goodell let the Seahawks do their thing but when Peyton Manning got drilled in the Super Bowl he had to act. "Greatness" at the QB position grows the league. Richard Sherman berating Michael Crabtree on National Television does not.
Throw in the billions of dollars in revenue from fantasy football. It's almost impossible to get a fantasy defense worth a damn.
You guys are kidding yourselves if you think Norwell and Foucalt are upgrades. Chandler had a brutal bust in run blocking that killed a drive. Cam kind of screwed him over on the sack. Started scrambling towards his blind side.
But once you get past the first three drives it's hard to blame the offensive line. We were down by 21 points and Dom Capers could send the hounds. If we get down by three touchdowns to a 3-4 defense they can be bold with the blitzing.
Foucalt got some work against the reserves. Good for him but Clay Mathews and Julius Peppers are a different breed. I think Mathews wrecked him once.
It's foolish to eliminate the Bucs from contention. We are only 2.5 games ahead of them. Are they a dumpster fire? Sure, but we all are at this point.
I started tracking something last week. The premise is we win every division game and lose every non division game. That guarantees the Falcons and Saints +2 losses, and the Bucs+1. It guarantees us 8 wins. We are quickly approaching a threshold where sweeping the division locks us in.
3-3-1 Panthers sweep division: 8-7-1
2-4 Saints 10-6 best possible
2-5 Falcons 9-7 best possible
1-5 Bucs 10-6 best possible
Now this doesn't mean anything. We could easily lose to the Saints and Falcons twice each and be out of it. We could also split and pick off teams like the Vikings and Browns. Meanwhile the Saints, Falcons, and Bucs can hurt each others chances or lose out of division match ups. Nothing is even close to decided.
It gets on my nerves how everytime Cam has the inevitable bad game the every QB has, no matter how well he played the past couple of weeks, someone gotta make a thread about how concerned they are about it.
There are threads about Cam after every game. There are threads about Cam every day. There are threads about Cam when does a Gatorade commercial. Are we supposed to stop making threads about Cam when he has a bad day?
I think our entire game plan was scrapped in the first quarter too. I mean literally, 2 punts and they are down three touchdowns. They couldn't stick with the read option. They couldn't stick with the run.
Dom Capers outsmarted us. And then remember that Jonathan Stewart run for no gain with 1:30 on the clock? What the hell? We burned 30 seconds on that play and had to settle for a field goal.
I don't think Cam is that easily affected by the media/fans. But he was off. I think it has more to do with being shocked. The offense sputters twice and is down by 21. The Packers had some good defensive schemes to confuse him and once we were down Clay Mathews started teeing off.
Last year the team was definitely more together. Win or lose, they had good body language every week. Now you see guys on the first drive of the game and everyone is looking at each other. Everyone is blaming each other. Mental errors are way way way up. Effort is way down.
I'm not going to say why, I'm not a mind reader. But you can see it clear as day.