If this were Hurney I'd say we are stuck but I'll be more than a little surprised if he doesn't fire Shula.
We just don't know his whole game plan. We do know he's fixing the salary cap mess. We do know he wants to field a team that competes for the playoffs every year. We do know he has the balls to fire players that people love.
Gettlemen doesn't strike me as the type of guy who is guessing. He knows exactly what he wants and he's moving the pieces around to make that happen.
What we don't know is the time table for his plan and if Shula is a part of it. When he first started last year he may have thought it would take 2-3 years to turn the team around. We're in year two. Who's to say he's not OK with Shula's approach until he has the pieces he wants in place. He may have figured to let Ron (a coach he didn't pick) have who he wants for now until he can fix the salary cap, get young players some experience and draft well for a few years to build the team. Then he'll have the cap and players he wants and then he'll pick the coaching staff he wants.
I'm just throwing at a dart board here. I just have faith that Gettlemen isn't blind and will make the right calls.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my client may have slammed her arm in a toilet seat and threw her by the neck across the room onto a pile or automatic weapons. But there is something you do not know. Something that will change the very essence of this case.
Did you know that the defendant drove with a REVOKED LICENSE!!!
Objection, your honor!!
Withdrawn. I have no further questions. I rest my case.
Any pictures of Olsen's reaction? Or any other team members when they saw we were going for the field goal.
I'm a Panther homer but a realist. I always try to look at the game with a eye towards the glass being half full.
Bottom line is that if the coaching staff has lost me then they've probably lost everyone. And after that crap yesterday I am finished with this coaching staff. Done. Out.
It's not a matter of if Rivera and co. get fired, it's a matter of when and I just hope we haven't wasted the best years of Cam's career wading through this crap. Our whole room watching the game was so excited. Seeing Cam going off. Actually going deep. Acting and playing like we were the better team. This only happened when we didn't have a choice.
Then as soon as we had a shot at winning everything slammed on brakes. That's the most angry I've been during a game in a long time. I knew he was going to miss that field goal just because we ran 3 straight times with so much time left. I did think that Gano was going to save us with that 64 yarder but it was not to be.
I do wonder what happened exactly after that fight. I could actually see the "fug it" in Cam's eyes before the two touchdown. I said to a buddy. Cam's getting ready to go off. He's had it. I wonder if it was just his play? Did Shula open the play book? Did Cam start calling his own plays? It was such a drastic change on offense. I don't know that I've ever seen a team look so different from the first 3 quarter to the 4th. It looked like a completely different offense.
Jezus, I can't keep talking about this. I'm going to give myself a stroke I'm so pissed.
Yes, it certainly was.... but at this point I am just shocked when our line does something it is designed to do!
Agreed. The biggest problem is that 3 our of the 5 guys starting can not be trusted to block anyone one on one. Chandler did on that play very well but I've seen him whiff on so many blocks, it's not even funny. Kalil is easily good enough and I think Norwell can be trusted even though there is a limited sample size.
Everyone else needs help so someone is always getting beat or pushed back.
Looks to me like that's by design. You see Kalil shade the inside shoulder so Norwell can take the center/right and help out Foucault. It's like a moving wall with parts that shift towards where the defensive linemen are going.
Chandler handles his man one on one very well. Fernando gets pushing right into Cam's lap.
All that being said I really love Norwell and do think he and Turner are our best guards and bode well for the future.
Get Bell back and help him like we were helping the LT last night.
Get Turner back. Velasco was getting trucked a few times last night too.
Hell, put Foucault as a TE and line him up every play beside Chandler or Bell. We go with 6 linemen (5 and one as a TE) on every play.
Run the crap out of the ball, heavy play action. Have a lot of short pass plays and checkdowns. The only time Cam should have the ball in his hand for more than 2 seconds is 1 out of every 10 plays when we use the play action.
The main things we need is more protection and a gameplan that gets rid of the ball very quickly. That will ease pressure on the o-line and help Cam.
Run the dang hurry-up more often. Cam needs to go with his instincts and play loose. Hurry up doesn't allow him time to overthink crap.
Oh yea, and fire Shula. Even if he's not the problem (which he is) it to the point now that everyone thinking he's the problem (including probably some of the players) is becoming another problem. The perception is that he is a horrible play caller and can not take advantage of Cam's talent. That perception will hurt us just as bad as it also being a fact.
When is the last time a team with a hot pro bowl QB early in his career decided to "go in another direction."
Even if management had their doubts, he's too good a player to not build around the next 7-8 years. Because if you dump him it'll take at least that long if not longer to get another superstar QB. Twenty years in the league and he's our first one.
Grading him behind that O-line? Quit peeing on me and telling me it's raining.
People remember the dozen or so times Bell has screwed up but he's started every game this season and played almost every snap. He held up very well for 90% of those plays. He doesn't get beat every time he lines up. He's not nearly as bad as people think. He's played well enough for us to win some games.
I'm not saying he's a great LT but he's no where near as bad as everyone makes him out to be.
I really hope Faucault excels and does a great job but an undrafted rookie who was playing in Canada last year does not feel me with great joy.
Luke didn't blitz on that play. In fact, no one blitzed on that play. We rushed four.
To my eyes from the couch and not knowing what exactly our defense was called to do on that play here's my two cents.
Luke and TD dropped back into a shallow zone underneath. Boston was either playing the TE man to man or he was playing zone and the TE came into his zone.
In any event, the TE runs straight up the seam. Boston's first step is back and to the outside. The TE runs just inside of him. Wilson makes a perfect pass. Boston has his hand right in there but the pass is perfect. Boston can't knock the pass down and Harper can't get over in time before the TE gets into the endzone.
So, where did this play go wrong?
Did TD not get deep enough? The RB flared out and he stopped going back when he saw him. Did that draw him forward to give the throw more space?
Did Boston take a wrong step to the outside or was he supposed to do that if he was playing zone? Or was the play setup for over the top help and he was supposed to play the way he did but Harper was out of position?
Did everyone do their job correctly but Russell Wilson made a perfect throw?