This was a very frustrating game as it could be very well titled “A Tale of Two Halves”. The first half had both sides of the ball play extremely well. The second half saw our o-line fall apart, the defense get tired and Allen Rossum getting exploited again as a starter.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (15/52), Vick (6/54), Norwood (3/2), A. Jennings (1/-4). Outside of Vick running, there was nothing there. Only 6 of Dunn’s carries went for 4 yards or more. Norwood really didn’t enough touches to make a difference and Vick was Vick and racked up yardage. The Ravens’ d-line simply outplayed our o-line physically all day.
Breakdown of passes:
Vick: 11/21, 127 yards, 1 TD/0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 5 bad throws, 1 pass defended, 3 throw aways and 1 drop. The bad throws number was a tad too high but only by 1 and that came on the last drive of the game.
Drops (1): Griffith 1 (2).
Sack responsibility (5): 1: This one goes on Todd Weiner, his first all season. 2: I’m going to say “scheme” but could easily go on McClure as a line adjustment evidently wasn’t made. The Ravens overloaded the left side of our line and the three interior linemen grouped together and went to the right leaving Gandy on one guy and allowing a blitzer to come free. The sad thing is they only brought 5 guys on the play. 3: Tyson Clabo got ran right past by Kelly Gregg. 4: P.J. Alexander honestly looked lost and seemed to be unsure of what to do and got turnstiled in the process. 5: Warrick Dunn missed his block on Suggs.
Pass blocking: First half was decent and fairly adequate. Second half was absolutely horrid. Although the sack numbers below don’t necessarily support it, the hurries and hits are extremely high as well. We have to improve our pass blocking ESPECIALLY against big, physical teams.
YTD Sacks (29):
Michael Vick 12 (4 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Matt Lehr 2.5
Kynan Forney 2
Eric Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 2.5
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 2.0
Alge Crumpler 1.0
Todd Weiner 1.0
Tyson Clabo 1.0
P.J. Alexander 1.0
“Scheme/No line adjustment” 1.0
Note: Vick sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Was great for the first half and most of the 3rd quarter. Demorrio Williams gave up a couple of huge plays in the red zone where he either missed a tackle on Lewis or was completely blocked out of the hole.
Pass Defense: Outside of Allen Rossum (who again has given as much of an effort as he could) and allowing too much to Heap, the pass defense was very solid.
2 sacks: Josh Mallard and Paul Carrington had 1 each.
Jennings had 1 kickoff return for 16 yards. Norwood had 4 for 18, 30, 24 and 21. Norwood does a good job of returning but I think I’d rather have Jennings handling this a Norwood is too valuable at RB for us.
Rossum had 2 punt returns for 36 and 10. One great and one good. A very solid day.
Koenen had 6 punts. 1: 35 yards, downed at the 2. 2: 34 yards, out of bounds. 3: 49 yards, return of -3, inside the 5. 4: 42 yards, returned 65 yards. 5: 59 yards, returned 59 yards. 6: 23 yards, fair catch inside the 15. A great day punting but the coverage team wasn’t up to the task in the second half.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 3 kickoffs: 1: to the 7, returned 10 yards. 2: to the 3, returned 22 yards, 3: to the 4, returned 59 yards. Not bad kicks at all but the coverage unit failed him in the second half.
Field Goals: Andersen hit one field goal from 21.
Special Teams leading tackler: Boley, Schulters, Mallard, Lowe and Jennings all had 1 each.
Things that really need improvement:
1. O-line protection.
2. Better tackling and coverage on special teams.
3. Tackling wasn’t up to par in this game.
Offensive MVP: Michael Vick (for surviving when passing and leading the team in rushing)
Defensive MVP: Paul Carrington (5 combined tackles, 1 hurry, 1 sack)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen (It’s a shame the coverage unit didn’t make this more apparent)
Goat of the Week: Special teams coverage and O-line both run blocking and pass blocking.
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Next up: vs New Orleans for First Place, November 26!