How often do announcers come to the defense of the defenders in those situations? Almost never. If the rules are dumb, there are many many more borderline plays these guys all stay away from. That was head hunting to the first degree.
As for the game, I still hated the playcalling mostly on offense throughout the game. Still doesn't feel like we're setting things up. THe Ricard FB pass was the same play as the 2-point conversion. There has to be a second read on that play. We still don't consistently line up in power looks. We run get a 6 yard game, and then line up in shotgun, don't use play action and throw it...or we line up in shotgun, but stay tight, so you've got 9 guys in the box between hashes and then run inside...We use play action so sparingly, but we see a great game when we do to Maclin on a post over the middle.
The defense played with grit. We brought the pressure, and we said, hey DBs, we're going to bring the heat, go win us this game. And they did. I want to see this every week. It reminded of old Ravens defenses. Get guys into the box, bring lots of pressure looks. Use the extra guys in the box to defend the run and let Pierce and Williams just outright work in the middle. The defense played downhill last night. Pees deserves credit. After the long pass on a 3rd and long to Stills when we rushed three, he adjsuted, knew that Moore would fold under the pressure and then brought an unrelenting number of 5 and 6 man blitzes from everywhere.
Great post. It aggravates the hell out of me, how little we use play action. Joe is at his best out of play action, and there is no reason not to use PA, especially when we are running the ball well.
Really agree with your last point. I think our DB's are pretty good. Trust them, and put the responsibility for coverage on them and attack up front.
I think Pees has gotten so used to playing with street free agents, he doesn't realize that we are pretty strong on the back line. Jimmy Smith, IMO, is a top 5 corner in the league, Carr is solid, and young Marlon Humphrey can play. His stride for stride coverage is very good. He is fast and physical. He needs to trust his instincts a little more and he will begin to make impact plays.