Sunday, September 14, 2008

Flatline

Our season was in critical, yet stable condition heading into this week. We flatlined multiple times today against a horribly mediocre 49ers team at home, before applying the paddles and getting a couple beats before the sheet got pulled over our faces.

A defense that returned every starter, and was unbeatable at home, fell flat on its face. I have never seen a game where a QB gets sacked 8 times, but still has all day to throw. At least half those sacks came because of coverage that forced him to hold the ball for 5+ seconds.

We got some really unfortunate calls made against us in the first half on phantom pass interference penalties. We also benefited from the most positive blocked punt I've ever seen.

The running game was as good as we've seen since 2005. I cannot remember another drive in the last 3 years where we just pushed a team downfield, often running straight up the gut. Julius Jones ran hard. Mike Wahle flattened people. The pass protection was acceptable, and maybe even good. Carlson is the player we wanted him to be. That's about where the positives end.

Losing to the 49ers at home has dreadful implications. I will take a look at our upcoming schedule later this week, but I think it's safe to say 12-4 is not going to happen.

Brace yourself for a week full of stats regarding how rare it is for an 0-2 team to make the playoffs.

2 comments :

Hawkgirl said...

I know, it was painful. The thing that absolutely kills me is that we could have won this game. We should have had about 13 sacks, not eight. The secondary, who are coached my our head coach next year, looked quite underwhelming. And Hass is off, no matter how 100% he claims to be.

Bright spot: I'm wearing his jersey, John Carlson.

If we lose to SL, I gonna get good and intoxicated.

Hawkgirl said...

HB, curious what you think of the K-Rob signing?

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