Nate Chandler has to be replaced at some point with a more competent option at the position. I love his story, but his lack of experience isn't something that we can get away with for incredibly long. Our inability to run the ball up the middle, while not hurting us the past two weeks, is going to become an issue against better teams. The fact that we're not getting push in the redzone on running plays is an IMMENSE concern to me and the fact that we've had some missed blocks that have contributed to our RB crew getting banged up is not a good sign. Pass protecting has been suitable but not ideal. I understand that Cam is harder to block for than most QB because of his desire to extend plays but I wasn't comfortable with the amount of times he ended up on his back last week. It seemed like there were very few blitz plays by the Lions that were unsuccessful in the sense of getting pressure on Cam. To his credit, he did a decent enough job of getting the ball out and making positive yards on a few of those plays but it's still a concern.
On the upswing, there have been less holding and presnap penalties than I expected with a new group working together. I think this group is pretty tight, but they're about maxed out in terms of everyone bringing what they can. I only think we have two NFL caliber starters on our line right now and the rest of the group is patchwork but competitive. If they can keep that going they have a chance to help this work. But we have to be able to run the ball and right now we're not getting it done.
They had a great gameplan. Put your biggest and most physical corners on Megatron and give them plenty of safety help. Make Stafford beat you with Golden Tate. Because the middle of our field belongs to Luke and anything thrown in his zone is going to be a bad idea. We were able to partially negate their triple headed monster at TE because they didn't want to throw over the middle into Luke which allowed the safeties to play far back off the LOS. We funneled the play away from the middle of the field. This left them with the option of forcing the ball into double coverage on Megatron, going to Golden Tate, or checking down and letting our linebackers run free. I think just as impressive what we did against Megatron was the job that we did against Reggie Bush. You want to talk about a dude that got totally shut down. Joique Bell ended up getting the targets on pass plays and mostly got meaningless yards and no big plays. That was an excellent gameplan.
We would have liked to have gotten more pressure on the QB in the first half before it became obvious they were going to be passing on every down. They moved the ball well in the first half but we were able to get out unscathed due to creating a turnover and their kicker missing two field goals. They had our defense on the field for a long time in the first half and could have easily scored some big time points but our defense played the short field very well and got some breaks.
The main thing is that you can't let Megatron beat you alone. If you're going to lose to the Lions, you better lose to Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, and those TEs or your gameplan was bad. Stafford WILL try to force it to him and if you have the proper coverage on him you can limit his impact on the game. Especially when you're not having to roll your coverage because somebody else is lighting you up too. They should have gone to Ebron more because he was the only consistent threat that scared me out there. His athleticism was even tough for TD and Luke. But holding Megatron to less than 50% of catches vs. targets is a good formula for success.
Also fug the media and ESPN... this is garbage. Again, there is absolutely no proof that Hardy abused this coke *****.
He tried to get her out of his house and even called 911 himself. Only in America does a man call 911 to have police come assist him in removing a hostile person from his home and HE gets arrested.
How in the hell are you staff here with this kind of weird opinion? Because somebody does coke that takes away all their legal rights to not be assaulted and victimized? Blame the victim more.
I'm sure you'd be this mad if this were Matt Ryan being run through the mud for being found guilty of threatening a woman and restraining her against her will.
But hey, if defending a wife beater who is getting paid exorbitantly on a one year deal after asking for too much money and being a general headcase and dates, by your description, "coke whores", then by all means continue. I'll just applaud his backup who had 2.5 sacks today and 4 hits on the QB. Next man up. Or in this case, first man up because the first guy we had isn't even a man for threatening a woman's life. No matter how much you'd love to blame her for Hardy's misgivings. Let's all apologize for the poor little millionaire with a cache of weapons threatening a woman he had been in a relationship with who is purportedly a coke *****.
I'm of the opinion that he should have been suspended from Day 1 of the season. He should have gotten 4 games by the Panthers before the league even ruled for conduct detrimental to the team. But we tried to roll the dice and sneak him onto the field hoping that the media wouldn't notice. Well, when Ray Rice's situation blew up we didn't have a choice. The spotlight came on. It was reactionary and stupid to deactivate him now when you had given lip service that was entirely in contrast to that decision just days ago.
This makes us look Mickey Mouse in addition to negligent for not suspending him straight away. PR nightmare.