Re: I'm Happy the Hawks Lost This Game
Give me a break, what freaking rubbish. The hyperbole around here is almost childish. Let's blame someone, fire Pete, trade Wilson, Wagner, tie a can on Norton. Blah, blah, blah.
In case we failed to notice the Rams have the #1 D in football, they stopped everything the team tried and the OLine was again exposed as unable to protect RW who was sacked 5 X yesterday. The OC had few adjustments and the D could not tackle well against the run.
The game was over by halftime in case anyone also failed to notice. it was hard to watch the lack of answers from the O.
The team had a tough schedule this season and still only lost 5 games all season. The team won the division and it's the best division in football with a 12-4 regular season record. For all the let Russ cook stuff early the team had attached to it offensive expectations which were cancelled by weak D. it was only after the D was protected by slowing down the O the reliable winning began but they were shaky and unreliable on O then. in the nd we all thought they could be better than they actually were.
i'm still a fan of the team and disappointed today, but overall it was a good season.
The discussions in this thread are not about this game or even about this season.
It is about a lack of confidence in the ability of Pete to admit his mistakes or adapt.
It is a concern that in fear of what would come next of we moved on we accept a cheap facade of winning even if the football being played is poor and not entertaining.
It is about concern over what condition Pete is going to leave this franchise in if this continues (hint, it could very well be were it was right before he started.)
The problem wouldn't be slowing down the offense if it was done creatively. Also, the team did not win any more reliably when that occured. But doing things like snapping the ball under 3 seconds on the play clock gives the opposing defense all the advantage:
1) Allows the defense to rest between plays
2) Allows the defense time to study the formation
3) Allows the defensive front to easily time their rushes
4) Denies the offense any ability to develop rythm and pick up momentum
a) Forces the OL to stay static for extended periods of time, increasing false starts (in the case of getting to the line with more than 10 seconds)
b) Limits the ability of the QB to diagnose the defense and change the play if necessary (in the case of the QB not even getting the play call until the play clock is in the mid teens.)