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Thomas on loss: “This should have been a blow out.”

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm with 71 Comments »
October 28, 2012 3:47 pm

If you’re an elite defense, when an offense hands you a 17-7 lead in the second quarter you’re supposed to make it stick, right?

According to Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, the defense shoulders the lion’s share of the blame for Seattle’s 28-24 loss at Detroit.

“Really and truly this should have been a blow out,” Thomas said. “When you let teams hang around, that’s what happens.”

Seattle’s struggles defensively on third down came back to bite them again. The Lions finished with a ridiculous 12 of 16 (75 percent) on third downs today.

Detroit racked up 415 yards of total offense, the most Seattle gave up this season since allowing New England to run up 475 yards of offense a few weeks ago.

While Seattle’s defense has played well this season – at times looking dominant – some of the team’s struggles on that side of the ball have been masked by the Seahawks’ inability to move the ball on offense.

But Russell Wilson and Seattle’s offense did a better job of moving the chains today. Wilson finished 25 of 35 for 236 yards and two touchdown passes. He posted a 96.8 passer rating, and completed passes to nine different receivers.

Seattle finished 2 of 3 in the red zone.

And the rookie quarterback once again rallied his team in the fourth quarter, driving Seattle’s offense 80 yards on a 12-play drive that finished with a nice touch pass to tight end Zach Miller for a 16-yard score, giving Seattle a 24-21 lead with 5:27 left to play.

But instead of the offense once again trying to explain away a loss, the defense was tasked with that in the locker room afterwards today.

“You never think you have it in the bag,” Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons said. “You just got to go out there and secure it. That’s the only thing we could have went out there and done. Like I said, they made a few good plays at the end of the game to put themselves in position to score the wining touchdown. So, they did a hell of a job doing that.”

Confusion on Detroit’s touchdown catches

On Detroit receiver Titus Young’s game-winning touchdown catch, cornerback Brandon Browner said that Seattle was in zone coverage, which is why he was playing outside shade on Detroit receiver Titus Young.

Browner said he expected help on any inside routes, and looking at the replay it appears that K.J. Wright was the flat defender on that side of the field, but was too far inside to make any type of play on Young.

“What sad about it is that’s goes on me,” Browner said. “When he goes in, I’m taught to let him go in, and to respect anything coming out. But he threw it in the dirt, and I did what I could from the outside.”

It also sounds like Browner wasn’t too thrilled that Seattle went zone instead of man coverage that close to the goal line.

On Young’s 46-yard touchdown catch in the first half, cornerback Richard Sherman said the breakdown was a communication issue between he and safety Kam Chancellor.

“It was kind of a zone and he just got behind us,” Sherman said. “Me and Kam kind of messed up on it, and it was good ball.”

We’re also starting to see a trend of how team’s will attack Seattle – with a lot of three-step drops and check downs in front of the defense, which allows receivers to make plays after the catch, and does not give Seattle’s pass rushers enough time to get to the quarterback.

The Seahawks finished with two sacks and seven quarterback hurries on 49 pass attempts by Matthew Stafford.

“He did throw it quick,” Clemons said. “I think they went to the same situation Green Bay did on us in the second half – quick throws, getting the ball out of his hands and not letting him hold onto the ball.

“We’ve got to get our hands up and get those balls down. Make him hold the ball, or at least pump it so we can get back there to him.”

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll also said that his defense missed defensive tackle Jason Jones and his ability to push the pocket.

Injury update
Carroll said that fullback Michael Robinson and receiver Ben Obomanu suffered sprained wrists, and will be evaluated further when the team gets back to Seattle. Carroll said that Golden Tate tweaked his ankle.

Carroll also said he was surprised that Braylon Edwards could not play today because of a swollen knee.

“He woke up this morning and his knee flared up,” Carroll said. “We were surprised. He was surprised as anybody. He tried to get going, tried to run and just couldn’t get going today. He drained his knee and all that kind of stuff, and just came out of nowhere.”

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    I will never understand why Bradley goes with zone defense with a man to man style D.Rushing 3 and dropping 8 will never get it done.This game is on the defensive coaches.

  2. freedom_X says:

    They probably did miss Jason Jones rushing the passer, but the ends did little. The DE’s need the homefield crowd noise to get a step on the offense. Not to get on Irvin, who is having solid rookie season, but he hasn’t done much the last two games. He should get better and better, but those are the facts.

    I think you can attack Seattle’s D with quick, agile receivers. The big guys can’t consistently handle them – they either have to get a big jam on the line or play back and get help.

    Browner can complain about not getting a man-coverage called, but I don’t think he can stick with Titus Young short unless he jams him hard and gets some help if Young slips the jam. Seattle hadn’t been stopping the short pass the whole drive – what makes him think he had any better chances on the scoring play?

  3. No teams ever use 100% man (or zone) – defensive game call will always be a mix of both. Seahawks tend to use more man, but have to mix in zone to keep offences from knowing what to expect.

  4. I expect they did miss J Jones – but lets give the Lions some credit, Stafford is fine QB with some terrific weapons.

    Also, looks like the ‘book’ is out on the Seahawks defence and we can expect to see a steady diet of quick pass plays.

  5. NYHawkFan says:

    IMO, this would have been a win if we had the 49ers line backers. They are way more aggressive in pass defense than us. We can’t stop the check down passes. Until we figure out how to do that, teams will move the chains on us. On a positive note, our offense is starting to gel. We’re close guys.

  6. Ewalters7354 says:

    blocis, I know that.I’m just saying, going with zone coverage on 3rd and long is not this defense.Jam those guys at the line and make them fight for it.

    Also I can’t wait until Thurmond comes back…

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chalk this game up to a young team learning how to put another team away on the road.
    Detroits offense is about the best 4th quarter offense in the NFL this year, especially at home.
    No reason to hang our heads, we lost to a team desperate to save their season.
    Now it’s time to save ours.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    It was “kind of a zone”. That’s a problem. Either it was or it wasn’t. As I suspected when I saw it, Sherman was uncertain what his responsibilities were on that play.

    Ewalters7354 – I too have been saying that. If you’re going to play man and press, then don’t give a free release. If you’re in zone coverage, then get your ass to your landmark so you can face the QB when he delivers the ball. But this in between nonsense, especially on 3rd and long is killing them. Obviously.

  9. seahawk44 says:

    Lions Offense Third Down Efficiency 12/16 – 75%

    That says it all !

  10. Dukeshire says:

    And I agree with Browner: zone that tight is ridiculous with a secondary this physical.

  11. NYHawk – In a way, I agree with you….. the underneath curl, hook, flat and short slant routes are linebacker responsibilities and this is where we have been letting teams rack up the yards.

    This is also (IMO) partly a result (not saying fault, I am saying result) of the stop the run 1st philosophy. Play action is tough to defend with linebackers almost always looking run.

  12. “And I agree with Browner: zone that tight is ridiculous with a secondary this physical.”

    Right. And not to mention that in that particular place and time, a PI call barely hurts you, esp if time ticks off the clock.

  13. Ewalters7354 says:

    Exactly Duke.In the red zone you call zone and the corner has to play to the outside of the wide out.That put the corner in position to get beat.These corners having lenght,on the 1 yard line if you ts ke away the inside, the receiver goes outside and has to fight for ball position, but if you give him the inside, it makes defending quick slants very difficult.Browner was in position to make the play but it was entirely too hard to stop that play.What dumb play calling.

  14. freedom_X says:

    So how do you know Detroit doesn’t have an option to go outside if Browner shades to the inside? You’re assuming Detroit isn’t going to adjust to a different coverage.

    If the Seattle defensive line had gotten some pressure on Stafford, that might have made it tougher. Perhaps Stafford doesn’t adjust, or doesn’t have the time to place the ball like he did. But really, stopping a 1 yard pass is not exactly cake, if the QB has time.

    Given the lack of pressure generally in the whole series, Seattle might have been better off just rushing three and dropping eight. Of course that would have been crazy, but that’s how ineffective the pass rush was.

  15. DreadHawks says:

    Sadly it seems to this fan we are looking at a 9-7 record IF we beat the 9ers. It’s clear we can’t win on the road. 4-4 is a huge disappointment for me.

  16. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    look at it on the bright side we could have romo for qb 1 td 4 picks

  17. Dukeshire says:

    freedom_X – That’s a good point. But man allows Browner to jam him at the line and disrupt whatever route Young would have run, which is a distinct advantage for the defense, IMO, especially on that short of a field.

  18. Ewalters7354 says:

    freedom, you’re missing ny point.All I’m saying is with the length of the hawks corners, if you force the receiver outside,his job becomes harder, being that Stafford will be forced to throw the ball.The red zone is totally different from normal field position.So if the corner can force the receiver outside, with the length of Browner, he has a chance to make play on the ball.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    In most cases, I’ll take Sherman and Browner getting their hands on the receiver coming off the line, rather than allow a free release.

  20. EastCoastFan51 says:

    tough loss to swallow…not sure we get past 8-8 this year in looking at remaining schedule. we aren’t going to win 5 remaining home games maybe 4if we are lucky. and the only away game we have a chance is buffalo and honestly after todays game that game just got much harder. as hard as the schedule was early this season we let the games we shoulda coulda won slip away and that will be the reason we are not in the playoffs. love the hawks but missed opportunities are killing us…i know obvious.

  21. Until we learn how to stop someone when it counts, we can look forward too more of these type of games

  22. I think what sucks most is “wait till next year”.

  23. NYHawkFan says:

    You’re all talking about one play. Plays like that will happen in most every game. You could just as easily be talking about how Rice dropped a TD pass.

    Of greater concern–don’t you think–is that teams can march down the field at will using short passing routes under our outstanding corners and safety?

  24. The defense is so worried about their short QB they can’t play on 3rd downs. Must be what it was because it has to somehow be the Qb’s fault.
    Or was it the short QB should have thrown for 500 yards and 5 TD’s because Detroit gave up a ton of yards last year to the Packers and Flynn?
    Sorry the D dropped this one.
    5 or so years now the D has struggled getting off the field on 3rd down today it got us beat 75% completion rate on 3rd down.
    Need better something, thinking its playcalling not just D but O as well 12 ish seconds left in first half 1 timeout and we call a stinking draw?to settle for a 60 yard FG.. COME ON MAN!!!
    Oh yea maybe the D’s smack talk should go away and get back to playing the game, talk is cheap
    Super burnt out right now

  25. HeinieHunter says:

    Again, we’re very young, plugging holes every year, having great drafts, and have made great trades. WE WILL GET THERE, maybe not this year but soon. We are in every game. I can live with that for now.

  26. Ewalters7354 says:

    When was Ricardo Lockett claimed by the niners?

  27. “kinda of a zone” How about less Optimus BS, and more time studying the defensive game plan.

  28. I wonder why it is that when the Defense has a 4th quarter lead or 3rd and long (ie they are trying to protect something) that Bradley always goes completely soft, to the point that any competent QB could make the conversion or throw for the winning TD.

    He goes just soft enough that he makes it easy for the QB to make the play. This isn’t a case of playing soft on 3rd and 20 or within a 14 point 4th quarter lead.

    I wonder if Carroll even thinks this is a problem? It’s cost them at least 5 games over their past 16.

  29. sluggo42 says:

    12 first downs out of 16 3rd down opportunities.

    35 minute, vs 25 minutes time of possession

    IF, the “D” was able to force a punt on say 2 or 3 of those long 3rd downs, then Our offense would have had more opportunities, simple logic.

    Their game winning touchdown wouldn’t have been for the win. Thomas was right. It should have been a blowout. The inability to stop third down conversions is killing us. Offense is coming around but they can’t do squat from the sidelines.

    I obviously don’t know enough about specific plays and formations to say HOW to fix the problem, but it’s pretty easy to see what the problem is.

    How about one of you stat guru’s find out where we stand on allowing 3rd down conversions against the league average?, I would guess it’s in the lower half somewhere.

    But, when they start to figure that out, and they will, then these losses start turning into wins.

    Barely losing is hard on my heart, but bodes well for the future.

  30. Dukeshire says:

    Let’s not forget the passive schemes put in place by Bradley his first year under Mora. The game in Indy is one that really stands out. (Overall I like Bradley, but he has a tendency to dial back the pressure.)

  31. Dukeshire says:

    sluggo42 – I’ll do some research. I’d be willing to guess that like offense 3rd and long conversions (second to last in the league) the defense is near dead last at giving them up.

  32. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    i think this is almost more on the D play calling as a team they are a good pressure D not a good drop back and play zone.

  33. Its the NFL, the book is out on our D, and the coaches have not addressed it.

    Sigh….

    We appear to be just average, 8-8. Hard to accept, but it’s the reality.

  34. Also, I think we played more zone to try and deal with all the underneath short routes that have been killing us. Our DL is aggressive, and with man there is a huge gap behind them, which is where we get killed. In theory, zone should help that, but maybe we aren’t a good zone team.

  35. HawkyHann says:

    For years, I’ve been complaining about DC, Gus Bradley. I know PC is heavily involved here too, so I can’t put all blame on Gus. They made no in-game adjustments. Just they same thing all day long. Take some risks on 3rd down for a change. So damn conservative. We cant even be mentioned with the Bears, Pittsburgh, San Fransisco. Come on, get real. Can we not call up exotic bliztes. Can we teach Irving some moves, please. He just attempts to run around the RT every freaking time, and hardly ever gets to the QB.

    I’ve also said Pete Carroll is grossly overpaid. We are a 500 team…maybe. This will probably be his THIRD Consecutive losing season, at 7-9. Horrible, horrible coaching today. God awful.

  36. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    Hawkyhan i have said over and over why not more stunts for irvin they seem to just be content with vanilla everything.

  37. HawkyHann says:

    I hear ya hawkfaninoklahoma. Gus is risk-averse, and loves vanilla. He thinks his team is better than it really is. I mean how many times does he need to loose on third down before he makes a change.

  38. I always figured that the team plays close games because of Pete Carroll ball – his desire to establish a run game over the pass game, play conservative and limit mistakes.

    But after looking at the past 16 games with 5 blown fourth quarter leads and defensive third down conversions, I now realize there is “Bradley Ball.” When Bradley has something to protect (a 3-7 point 4th quarter lead or a 3rd and 3 to 3rd and 15), he refuses to make a play call that can lose the game in 1 play even if the cumulative amount of his scared play calling allows them to lose the game over a series of plays.

    He’ll drop the LBs back 10-15 yards on a 3rd and 7. He will play off coverage on 3rd and 3. He’ll call for a zone at the 1 yard line when the team is in a must pass situation.

  39. Prevent defense only prevents you from winning

  40. correct me if I’m wrong, I’m no D-Coord, but the reason that gap is there for them to get first downs, is we play man coverage, the opposition runs past the first down marker, we follow, then they dump it off short, in space and make the play.

    Its not because Bradley calls the D to play 15 yards deep and play “prevent”.

  41. HawkyHann says:

    Bradley Ball has been exposed. Teams know how to deal with us now. Especially good teams.

    Can the coaches turn us into a winning team? Do we have the appropriate coaching staff in place? If you go off statistics, we’re a below average team three years into the Happy Khacki pant weaing Pete Carroll regime. For whatever reason it sounds like he has a pass on this season and is guaranteed to be the coach next year.

  42. VNHLNFAN says:

    4-4 with a rookie qb? not bad could be worse. i still think pete is on the 5yr plan. no worries.

  43. Carroll has a pass on this season because he found a franchise QB that is slowly developing into something great.

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “I’d love to change the Seahawks”
    (Dee-dee-dee-dee)
    ” But I don’t know what to do”
    (Dee-eee-dee-dee-dee-dee)
    “So I’ll leave it up to Duke-ooo-ooo”

    ” First it’s Offense, then Special teams,
    now it’s Defense, what’s next to be?”

    “NFL is funny, skies are sunny”
    “Seahawks seem, to give me bad dreams”

    “I’d love to change the world”
    “But I don’t know what to do
    (Dee-eee-dee-dee-dee-dee)”
    “So I’ll leave it up to Duke-you-ooo”
    “(We-eee-dee-dee-dee-dee)”

    “More pollutions, there’s no solutions”
    “Til this team gets older , mass confusions”

    “Spread the blame”
    ” offense or Defense”
    ” Save the season ”
    “Stop the Bleeding”

    “I’d love to change the Seahawks”
    ” But I don’t know what to do”
    “So I’ll leave it up to Duke-ooo-ooo, woo-ooo”
    “Woo-ooo-ooo-ooo”
    “(Dee-eee-dee-dee-dee-dee)”

  45. sluggo42 says:

    Good thing is that as soon as they get this wrinkle in the d figured out, we will have a good shot at every game going forward, I’m pretty excited as a fan after where we have been for the last 5 years

  46. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Was it just me but didn’t Wilson look to be very veteran qb like in this game on the road?
    Good sign moving forward! I see 9-7 or 10-6 this year, and like bbnate420 says next year will be the make or break year for this FO.

  47. So lets say we go 9-7. if in fact it is a make/break year next year.

    if it goes break – then who goes, PC – coach and President with final say on most if not all personnel decisions. or JS the GM who does the bidding of the coach? or both?

    I think they are totally safe this year. but if we are 8-8 or 9-7 they could be in trouble but you never know. (if the go 8-8 it will be the first time that PC has ever improved his record from one season to the next in the NFL)

  48. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Wilson showed a ton of poise and I never felt this game was going to get out of hand. He moved around the pocket, didn’t really see any panic. Slid to avoid the rush and made some very accurate throws. Carol needs to walk up to Bevel and forcibly remove every bubble screen, reverse and empty backfield on 3rd and short. These plays have all gone for negative yards and don’t appear to have one snowflakes chance to succeed. These are terrible plays for this team. We have two hammers in the backfield and yet we try and use a dremel. No need for Rice to take extra wacks as well. This line of play calling has been ineffective all season and needs to be banished forever. Please make it stop!!

  49. Hopefully Thurmond will help on 3rd down d. starting next week if he returns. If we can’t get off the field on 3rd down we will be lucky to get to 8-8.

  50. bulldog80 says:

    I can agree with most of the frustrated sentiment here. However, lets not get too pouty and start throwing in the towel for the season. Until proven otherwise we’re gonna finish 12-4 and win our division.

  51. mojjonation says:

    Wait until next year. Famous last words of ex nfl head coaches, players, and fans who accept losing as the norm. You sound like Mariner fans.

    After watching the majority of all Seahawk games, I think it is glaringly obvious that this team makes nearly zero in game adjustments on either side of the ball. If you take out the first 15 scripted plays, and a few big plays in the first 8 games, both the ofensne and the defenese have become predictable. Our pass rush seems bull rush with no stunts. If a LB or DB is sent, its from a predictable location. Whichever post called it vanilla first, that almost seems to be a stretch. PC seems to think he is still in college and that talent can overcome discipline issues and poor execution. Nothing can overcome bad play calling.

    San Fran dinked and dunked for a drive and won. NE dinked and dunked all day and lost. Detroit did it for a half and eeked out a victory. While the book may be out on the defense, teams have to have the guys to make it work. Any team with three guys who can regularly catch the ball, will give this D fits until adjustments are made. With this coaching staff, I don’t see that being done until the offseason. I’m hoping I’m wrong.

  52. bulldog80 says:

    We gonna get anymore post game comments tonight Eric?

  53. morleytr says:

    I think one thing we have to live with is young LBs. Talented but young. Pete made that decision, it’s on him to make it work while they’re learning.

  54. morleytr says:

    I have to agree with mojjonation as well. They don’t make good (any) in-game adjustments, and it shows. Although they did a better job offensively today, not sure how much was Bevell vs. better decisions from RW.

  55. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I’m not crazy about the headline of this post. “This should have been a blowout.” Now Earl is my favorite current Seahawk, but the game I watched didn’t appear that it would be a blow out for either team. I think that’s just Earl being competitive and hating losing more than the way he or the team feels…I hope. Because if they do feel that way, we have trouble ahead. We only scored the field goal on our opening series due to the Lions making about 4 penalties. Two that gave us first downs. Then there was the blown coverage that gave them the 46 yard TD on a 3rd and long.

    There was also several key drops by Calvin, including what should have been a sure TD. That would have given the Lions the lead well before punching it in with 15 seconds left in the game. I didn’t see any Seahawks players dropping interceptions and didn’t see too many plays that looked like our D was imposing it’s will. So not sure how this was to be a blowout. I did see two 80+ yard drives in the fourth quarter that killed today. One stop on 3rd down and the Lions punt and we pound Lynch and win. This was far from us blowing them out. They hung around, our D couldn’t make the stops and we lost.

    The Stafford rushing TD was disgusting as we had ZERO Seahawks on that side of the field. They used our over aggressive play against us, just as the 9ers did and every other team we face this year will. We were basically out coached on D by a former terrible head coach of the Rams. Get real guys and play D like you have all year. An off day is an off day. Don’t make it worse and pretend the score is wrong and the performance isn’t what it was.

  56. wabubba67 says:

    I’m surprised that we have not been able to consistently stuff the other team’s running game lately. Over the last couple of years, I’ve become accustomed to see the other teams running back get -1 to +2 yards per rushing attempt.

    GB (in the second half), SF, and now Detroit have been able to run effectively….this is a defense predicated on stopping the other team’s running attack COLD. If we can’t do that, it effectively sets us up for failure in the passing game (slows down the defensive ends, manageable down/distance, play action that draws up linebackers and defensive backs, etc.) Time for the coaches to rededicate themselves to stopping the other team’s RB.

  57. wabubba67 says:

    ACIB (RADEon)–Where are you tonight??

  58. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    In a game where we lost by 4 points, the Lions scored 7 of them off of a turnover by Russell Wilson. We claim to run an ultra-conservative ball-control offense to complement a strong defense, yet we are starting a QB who is good for at least one crippling turnover that almost invariably results in points for the opposing team in almost every single game.

  59. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    I am not RADEoN you silly troll. I guess I should accuse you of also being bbnate420 and sluggo42 since you share the same opinions.

  60. bulldog80 says:

    Um, they only had like 70 yards rushing, as a team. You’re expecting better than that?

  61. yakimahawk says:

    @ Duke…Let’s not forget the passive schemes put in place by Bradley his first year under Mora. The game in Indy is one that really stands out. (Overall I like Bradley, but he has a tendency to dial back the pressure.)

    Agree and it cost us this game. Bradley has been horrible in these last 3 games especially with quick adjustments just out to lunch.

  62. sluggo42 says:

    lol, ACID, that must be one messed up world you live in…

  63. MoSeahawk12 says:

    somebody’s up from their nap

  64. wabubba67 says:

    bulldog–I felt that the Lions were able to run effectively when they chose to do so. Every time I saw a run from a Detroit RB, it seemed that they were getting 3-5 yards per carry. That’s too much for this defense, given how it is constructed. In short, it’s not the quantity…it’s the quality of the runs. It was just enough for us to respect and keep our D from doing it’s usual thing (rushing the passer hard, and jamming WR at the line in man to man press).

    ACIB (RADEon)–You clearly have not ever read the Mariners blog. Funny how you call me a troll. Just thought that maybe mommy put you to bed early. (I was hoping to visit later. :-) )

  65. MoSeahawk12 says:

    and yet Wilson threw to Rice and Miller for 12 points and handed to Lynch for another 6 points. But ok, his one pick that was in Lions territory lost the game. The Lions still needed to go about 60+ yards to score.
    18-6=12 and yet we lost by 4. Do they teach math in the grade school you attend?

  66. bulldog80 says:

    Thanks, understand now.

    I remember that Indy game too. Gus obviously prefers “slow death” defense over taking any risks at all. Stafford was way too comfortable today and it cost us dearly.

  67. MoSeahawk12 says:

    damn bedtime….guess I’ll have to wait until next week for an answer.

  68. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I’m sure the answer involves trolls, tools and lots of other mindless babble. Yawn

  69. Browner was right: absolutely ASININE playcall on the one: Zone Defense?! With KJ Wright as the inside defender on Titus Young?! That playcall by the Lions was a total no-brainer!

    Seriously, WRight is slow–he cannot defend fast TE’s downfield, nor cover the middle of the field like Seattle’s scheme needs him too. He just isnt fast enough. He’s Lofa Tatupu once he got old all over again: he knows what to do, he just cant get there…

    The defense has been giving up the middle of the field all year, it was just not so apparent what a glaring weakness it was until the Lions used it all game long, since our offense was so bad until recently no one needed to abuse it so badly. NOw we know…

    But that was on Bradley, a terrible playcall. Seriously folks, ZOne defense inside the 20 is a no-no, let alone from the goal line!

    And I couldnt believe the Hawks were letting the little Titus Young get free releases all game…what a bonehead gameplan by Bradley.

    If I was Browner, Id be disgusted with Bradley’s incompetence in this game as well.

  70. I also think Mebane was hurting and inneffective, and that the D missed Jason Jones presence quite a lot. He may not be flashy, but he enables other guys–like McDonald and Mebane etc–to make plays. Scruggs did nothing that I could see, and the defense as a whole suffered.

  71. Bradley has tried everything on third downs, he even said as much a couple weeks ago; nothing works. The guys just arent getting it done on third down. I think WRight is a big part of the problem–he just isnt fast enough to cover guys one on one, and is getting beaten like a red-headed stepchild.

    Also, Trufant is just pathetic out there. The guy looks to be running slower than Chancellor out there…god, do we need to get Thurmond back and 100% ASAP…

    And we had zero pass rush at all. I guess Jones absence was a bigger deal than we expected.

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