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A new and longer post will be coming shortly, but for now here’s some observations from the NFC South victory over the Bucs.
*The Dome was pretty rockin’. Moreso than any other game this year….IMO
*Ryan looked good and efficient today. Not too many deep tries
*Turner looked in top form, hopefully that’s great going forward.
*Gonzo has had a little case of the dropsies lately (at least for him b/c he normally catches everything)
*Michael Palmer was an amazing UDFA steal. He’s in the process of replacing Justin Peele as we speak.
*No Gartrell Johnson sighting. Antone Smith made a few appearances. Looks like Gartrell was a one time deal
*Really waiting for the middle tier WR’s (HD, Weems, BFinn) to make an impact. BFinn did make some nice conversions, but HD and Weems were absent once again.
*O-Line seemed to do pretty good today overall.
*What’s more to say about Spec Teams. Its been a problem ALL YEAR and it almost cost us again.
*Not saying that’s the only reason we played poorly, but that 66 yard return when we’re up 14-0 was a momentum killer.
*Anyone who says that rookie Spoon didn’t and hasn’t made an impact wasn’t watching today.
*Decent pressure today, but nothing spectacular.
*Let’s hopefully chalk up D-Robs toast moment to his first game back (but the whispers are beginning on that FAT contract)
*Don’t understand what coma comes over MM and CMS when we’re up. It’s like we have a Staples Coma button we smash when we’re up by more than 10 points.
*All the goodwill that Spec Teams Coach Keith Armstrong has built up has officially gone away.
*Spec’s single-handedly allowed TB back in the game TWICE!
*While Weems gets 3 yards on a return, a young and talented Bucs team is able to change the game TWICE with their special teams.
*Saw a good rotation of Corey Peters, Peria Jerry, and Vance Walker at DT today.
*Even though he totally made up for it, Grimes allowing that 3rd and long at the Bucs 1/2 yard line was unbelievable (and BVG is getting back on the salt block).
*Mark Bradley wrote a good article. “A very unsuspecting 6-2 football team tied for NFC lead”
*TB will only feed off the game they had today with their head coach. Assuming the bottom doesn’t fall out, it would be hard for me to argue us winning @ Tampa Bay…..just saying on the way we played today.
*Our run defense continues to be extremely impressive.
*Perhaps our great run D is a reason our pass D gets picked on so much.
*A lot of big 3rd down conversions today by Matt Ryan.
*Still say our WR depth is weak.
*Either that or MM just doesn’t use #3, #4, and/or #5 receivers in his offense.
*Had a chance to put this one away fairly early and Specs let’em right back in. Granted, defense was pretty bad too, but those kick returns changed the game.
*BVG needs to get Willie Martinez out of his head. Attack and attack. Not sure our front 4 is good enough to not blitz.
*Enough of this bend-but-don’t-break stuff.
*After coming out with a good gameplan, MM completely shut it down and nearly cost us. PEDAL-TO-THE-MEDAL!!!!!
Please Add Your Observations from the Game.
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