Without Brees Aint fans would still be wearing bags over their heads. He's now on the downward side of his career and I'd like to see us accelerate that decline over the next two games with them. Brees showed more "happy feet" when pressured in the pocket than I've seen before. Like Jake, that can lead to misthrows and interceptions. If our front four can get the same pressure that Seattle did, I like our chances
Per RR weekly Sirius interview....Kahil was one of the others to speak at halftime and said each player should only focus on doing their job on every play. Keep blocking on every play even when it breaks down because Cam can make a game changing play. RR said he summed up everything by saying "If you think you're a better team.....go out and prove it"
RR on weekly Sirius interview....the most important player in the game....ready ......drum roll.......Brad Nortman. He flipped the field 3 times with 2 50+ and 1 60+ net yard punts and another 1 inside the 10. In a defensive game, field position is is one of the most critical factors.
I understannd that Shula wants input from players and coaches and is very open to help. Honestly the mark of a good leader is someone who values other folks opinion. Unlike Chud who did things his way regardless of the results. This is another reason I like Shula and think he was a good hire. He doesn't care who helps as long as the result is successful.
Per RR weekly Sirius interview several weeks ago.... Cam and DA are attached at the hip. They arrive together every day, get taped together, practice together and meet with Shula/Dorsey after practice to go over that weeks game plan. Shula asks what plays he likes/dislikes and which he thinks will work . This gives everyone some ownership in the game plan, something that Chud never did. Game day playcalling was not mentioned, but everything up to that is now consensus.
RR on his weekly Sirius interview cited the chaos on the sideline following the Ginn TD. He was trying to stay stonefaced in the moment when Tolbert came up to him, put his hand on his chest and said " just checking for a pulse". Both had a good laugh.
It's only natural to feel disappointed when you've gone thru the hard times and are not there when things turn around. The fact is that Gman did him a favor by trading him to the Gmen where he could play his natural position. This will make him millions in his next contract, playing well in NY rather than sitting in NC. (JR may even feel that he deserves a ring since he was on the team earlier in the year ).
I guess this dates me, but I played HS football against his brother "Sam Bam" Cunningham. This guy was H Walker/ B Jackson back in the day. He won the Calif. 220 and shot put his senior year in 1968. He went to USC as a fullback, when they were still running backs like Jim Taylor. He was also credited with helping Bear Bryant break the color barrier on the Alabama football team when USC went to Tusgaloosa and blew out the Tide. The next year they recruited their first black player.
Don't think the start time will be an issue. Carroll on Sirius this PM said they'll be coming in a day early and have been starting all their practices ar 10AM. Also Clemmons practiced for the first time today. He is worried about the running game, since the panthers were one of three teams to hold them under 100 yards last year and have added the two rooks to the DL rotation. Were fortunate to win last year, holding us on downs at the goalline late in the fourth.
If any team can limit Seattle, it's Rivera's defensive concepts. They showed last year that if they maintain their gap responsibilities and stay on their feet against the zone blocking, one cut running game they can hold the Seahawk's to under 20 points. With what should be a much better pass rush up the middle, the DEs need to make sure that they contain Wilson inside the pocket and make him throw rather than run. The LBs will be key to stopping critical 3rd downs, whether runs or passes. While the secondary will probably play mostly zone, they must limit the YAC and not give up the big play.
I believe that if they can play within themselves, we can contain Seattle. Last week against Pittsburgh, they came out too aggressive and were burned by misdirection, reverses and screens on the first series.
We need more vets with playoff experience who knows what it takes to win. Remember how Dwill said Testeverde taught him what it took to be a pro. Woodson is a Pro's pro and despite his declining skills he maybe the missing piece to solidify a young secondary, being a coach in the locker room. If I were Gman, I 'd scrape together as much as I could to land him.
Heard the Sirius interview with Chico and PK this PM......
- Star is expected to start with Dwan and assuming 60 plays/game share 30-40 snaps
- KK and Cole will play the other 20-30...no mention of Fua/Kearse
- Star played the zero technique at Utah and will be used in a 3 man front, but 4-3 will be base
- KK already uses his hands like a vet and flips his hips better than most vet 3 tech., which helps his backfield penetration.
- Kugbila will contribute this year, but did not say he would start right away.
- We had the Ala S and La CB rated high enough that it was like getting two more draft choices.