Part of me wonders if I'm in denial, but I somehow don't feel THAT bad about the game on Saturday because it seems like the offensive woes are mostly down to some coachable problems. Parts number 1-19038109283 of those problems is down to Denard not setting his freaking feet when he throws on so many of his passes, with the game Saturday being the most stark example of this.
I know it's easier said than done, especially when the kid is constantly thinking "should I run it now?" the instant protection breaks down at all but at the same time it seems like something a QB coach can drill like crazy during the bye week to reaffirm things that were empahsized during the summer. Denard threw like crap on Saturday but the list of people who can throw accurately without setting their feet in a trash tornado is very, very, very short. I can think of Cutler, Favre in his prime, and that's about it although I'm sure there are a couple more. The point is most people need good mechanics to be successful at all throwing the football, especially in those conditions.
That's something that's totally coachable and if our QBs hit a couple more of the WIDE FREAKING OPEN RECEIVERS on some of those plays, who knows how the game turns out? I am curious upon seeing UFR (as painful as that will be for Brian to do) just how much more we should have been calling designed runs. My instinct watching the game, especially the first half, is that we were just missing a ton of wide open passes and that Borges was getting us touchdown plays that the kids just weren't executing. I hated that 4th and 1 call but all in all I thought Borges wasn't being rewarded for his great calls and getting killed on his quesitonable calls. Again, this is what UFR is for.
Until we see UFR though: did people have this same impression about the offense (especially in the first half)? Am I totally fixating on something that isn't anywhere near as important as some other stuff? Do people think the coaches can right the ship during the bye week so we see markedly better execution in the next game?