My impressions of the game. Proviso: I am not an ultra details guy. I am a big picture, vision guy. I don’t do audits. Don’t copy edit. I don’t break down tape. I am a big picture, “feel,” guy. This is why I do not play bridge as partner to my accountant father who can remember every card played and deduce which cards are in everyone’s hand. With that in mind, these are my thoughts about this afternoon’s game against Utah.
The offence looked terrible. It was bad. There were only flashes something resembling the spread offence. We did not have a single sustained drive the entire game. Thankfully our offence was handed the ball inside the 35 enough times to make it look almost respectable on the scoreboard. They looked lost and confused like they really did not know what they were doing. One or two nice runs. A couple of good passes. But too many runs that did not happen. Too many balls thrown behind or over the receiver [think two point conversion!!!!]. Threet looked better than Sheridan. If the offence does not drastically improve it will be a long season.
Did we have a defense for the first 30 minutes? There were guys in uniforms out there, but they were not playing defense. Someone must have read them the riot act during half time. If they play the way they did in the last 30 minutes, and improve on that, we might have a chance to win a couple of games. Ezeh seemed to have steped up. Even though we brought pressure and shut down the run in the second half, we still have trouble tackling in space. The first half was awful, the second half was just bad. Can you teach guys to tackle? There were way too many plays where guys had too much space to run and made too many yards after contact.
Special teams were the only bright light, except the punting game which was underwhelming. Blocked kicks, a forced turnover…they looked great.
Another plus was that we did not take stupid penalties.
Coach Rodriguez looked pissed most of the game. I would not have wanted to be in the locker room at the half.
I am optimistic [blind faith] that we will be better. Threet took a step to earning the starting job.
Another plus...my two year old looked seriously cute in her cheer leader uniform we picked up at the MDen this summer, my wife made block M cookies, and sorted out a whole bowl of Maize and Blue M&M's for the game.