The first 3 quarters were almost impossible to watch again but the last quarter made it worth it. It wasn’t a win but I believe we got a glimpse of what this offense is truly capable of. In hindsight, perhaps going for it on 4th and 7 at the 9 wasn’t the right decision and should have opted for a FG instead but it’s really hard to say because field position would have changed, the INT might not have happened, etc. At any rate,
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (10/17), Norwood (8/94). Effective Runs (4 yards or more)-Dunn, 2 and Norwood, 4. Dunn also had 1 catch for 23 yards, and Norwood had 3 catches for 21 yards. Norwood was clearly the more effective back this week and got almost equal carries.
Breakdown of passes:
Harrington: 17/34, 184 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 10 Bad passes, 2 Dropped passes, 5 Defended passes. Not effective at all.
Redman: 16/24, 172 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 5 Bad passes, 1 Throw away and 2 Defended passes. The offense was drastically more effective with Redman.
Drops (2): Jenkins, 1; White, 1. Both balls could have been thrown better as they were high from Harrington but they were definitely catchable.
YTD Drops (36):
Run blocking: Not a very good job. A lot of Norwood’s yards were made by his speed and not gaping holes.
Pass blocking: The unit did okay. It’s about the best we can hope for at this point.
Sack responsibility (4): First one is on McClure who got ran by. Second was on Blalock. Third one was on Harrington for not picking up the blitz. Final sack was on Batiste.
YTD Sacks (38):
Note: QB responsible 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 very stout except for the 50 yard gashing at the end.
Pass Defense: Got picked on early and often but did pick it up in the second half. Very little pressure from the d-line didn’t help.
Sacks: Davis got the only sack.
Norwood had 3 kickoff returns and 1 touchback: 1. from the 7, 15 yards; 2. from the 5, 19 yards; 3. from the 5, 32 yards.
Mughelli had 1 kickoff return for 10 yards from the 36 on a squib quick.
Jennings had 5 returns: 1. from the 16, 4 yards; 2. from the 29, 13 yards; 3. from the 23, 77 yards for TD (nullified by illegal block on Nicholas); 4. from the 23, 12 yards; 5. from the 42, 6 yards. The illegal block call as very, very iffy. Solid day returning.
Koenen had 7 punts: 1-48 yards to the STL 5, no return. 2-46 yards to the STL 29, no return. 3-34 yards to STL 12, no return. 4-55 yards to the end zone, touchback; 5-50 yards to the end zone, touchback; 6-26 yards to the STL 12, no return; 7-50 yards to the STL 23, 6 yard return. Excellent day punting.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 4 kickoffs: 1. to the -2, 37 yard return (nullified on holding penalty); 2. to the -1, 15 yard return; 3. to the 2, 15 yard return; 4. to the 4, 19 yard return. Very good distance.
Field Goals: Andersen 1/1, from 41.
Special Teams coverage: Outstanding. Tony Taylor had 2 very nice tackles.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Eliminate negative yardage plays (penalties, negative rushes, and sacks).
2. O-line needs to get more push, reach the second level and put defensive players on their backs.
3. Time Management
Offensive MVP: Chris Redman (16/24, 172, 2 TDS/1 INT) and Roddy White, (10 catches, 146 yards, 1 TD)
Defensive MVP: Lawyer Milloy (5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 1 QB hurry)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen.
Goat of the Week: Joey Harrington
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: VS New Orleans Saints, December 10th!