It was especially disappointing on our GL snaps. We called running plays but our backs failed to hit the very small creases available. Resorting to trickery from the one wasn’t a sound answer—execution was just as poor as the play-call. We kept insisting on vacating a clean pocket to drift outside into a throw-away situation time after time. It’s not all on the play-calling—we have some piss-poor player habits that aren’t being broken or corrected across the board.
We are not a well coached offensive football team after 12 games. We should be showing progress (individual and group) at this point in the season. There is no doubt that we haven’t established a consistent strength on the ground or in the air. Regardless of which coach is actually calling the plays it is obvious that the head coach is actively participating in the decisions being made. The practice habits may be different and the attitude may have toughened but where is any form of improvement seen on game day?
I wish I could say I’ve seen positive results from anywhere on offense but the truth of the matter is several players have regressed in my viewpoint while others remain mired in the same level they started at the beginning of the season. Coaching should be profiting from your mistakes—we aren’t correcting errors to the point they are eliminated. Sad on so many levels.
Here are the grades:
The front three played well at the LOS but lacked consistent pass pressure. It was tough to watch Poona get driven 8 yards deep on a 3rd and 8 but that pretty much defines our intensity level at times during the game.
Charles O had several good plays—Mal Roach had his share. Hager missed a half and only made two plays in the second half. Nelson had a great sack/pressure. Graham and Wilbon each made tfls.
Malik and Gary had steady games but both had a couple of missed tackles. Neither is consistent in coverage and we chose not to spy on scrambles—instead we opted to drop them on 3rd downs where they covered grass.
Kris Boyd played extremely well. He was our bright spot in the back six. Brandon Jones missed the contest and the defense definitely missed 19. Deshon Elliott had missed tackles, dropped oskies, and stumbled into poor technique in coverage. Antwuan Davis still doesn’t understand coverage. Jason Hall had too many missed tackles and didn’t get any real pressure on the blitz. John Bonney was way past rusty—dazed and confused better describes. Davante Davis had three great plays and a whole bunch of unacceptable coverage competitions.
We better hope we play a running team in our bowl game in my opinion. We didn’t play well enough to win on defense and yet we should have because the red raiders were that poor on offense.
Here are the grades:
49 Graham and 94 Wilbon both made outstanding individual plays but didn’t have enough snaps to net a grade.