- Joined: 2/13/2001
- Location: Cincinnati
The Right To Rush 4...
Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:02 PM
1. Turnovers: 2 red zone turnovers (we blew a streak of 46 straight red zone trips with points) and a pick 6 prevented this from being a sleepwalk 17-21 pt win where the starters played too long and the heart-wrenching stroke-inducing escape we all witnessed yesterday. I don't care how talented we are, how well or poorly we've game planned, if we can't take care of the football we are going to be in huge trouble regardless of who is on the other sideline.
2. A complete lack of pressure... Greg Mattison knows more about this game than I do by many orders of magnitude, but I don't understand our insistence on playing soft coverage nickel and only rushing 4 down lineman yesterday, 49 pass attempts and ZERO sacks. I get that the eventual goal is to be able to create pressure with the defensive front but we are NOT there yet. Akron's QB had all day to throw and their receivers had time to get separation. The few times we did bring more than 4 the guy launched the ball into the stands before he could blink. At some point yesterday I would've liked to have seen the decision be made to just bring it at the kid and save the work on rushing 4 for another week of practice. The dogmatic approach of sitting back and giving the guy all day was 1 yard away from giving Akron its 1st road win in five years... I guess I don't understand, are we that concerned about our safeties that we feel we have to protect them with this approach? I think that Jarrod Wilson and Gordon have actually played quite well, I'd prefer for us to trust them a little and force the QB to make a quick decision....
Thank goodness we escaped that debacle with a win.
So, after trying to digest yesterday's game a bit more I think more than anything the game comes down to two major issues:
What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve; and those who stay will be Champions.