First, I want to apologize for the tardiness of this blog but it was necessary. As for the game, this one was tough to stomach because it was yet another game that you come away with saying we should have won that one. First, the refs blew the second foul on D-Hall plain and simple and it probably caused the third foul. Regardless, D-Hall should have just walked off instead of drawing #3 which would have held Carolina to a long field goal instead of a TD. As for the rest,
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (11/55), Norwood (6/32), and Harrington (1/4). Effective Runs (4 yards or more)-Dunn, 7; Norwood, 1. Dunn also had 4 catches for 13 yards and Norwood 3 for 34. Dunn had a crucial early fumble that ended a drive that would have at least resulted in a field goal attempt.
Breakdown of passes:
Harrington: 31/44, 361 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 6 bad passes, 4 drops, 2 passes defended and 1 thrown away. Harrington did all he could to win this game from what I could see. Horn’s drop in the end zone in the 4th quarter didn’t help matters.
Drops (4): White 1, Jenkins 1, Horn 2.
YTD Drops (8):
Run blocking: Had one of the better days but still not as good as it needs to be.
Pass blocking: Excellent. Harrington had plenty of time to find his targets.
Sack responsibility (1): Blalock got beat by Jenkins for the only sack.
YTD Sacks (14):
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: Not very good at all. Brooking and Milloy both had very noticeable bad days.
Pass Defense: Except for TE’s and Brooking getting burned by Foster it was fine until the D-Hall blowup. Houston was in on Carolina’s last FG drive and got torched.
Sacks: Abraham had 2 sacks and Crocker had 1.
Norwood had 5 kickoff returns: 1. from the 4, 44 yards (negated by Wilkins’ penalty); 2. from the GL, 26 yards; 3. from the -2, 19 yards (negated by Taylor’s penalty); 4. from the -2, 46 yards; 5. -2, 26 yards .
Jennings had 1 kickoff return from the 4, 28 yards.
Jennings had 2 punt returns for -1 and 6 along with 2 fair catches. Not a lot of opportunity to do much.
Koenen had 4 punts: 1-55 yards to the CAR 18, 9 yard return. 2-40 yards to the CAR 25, no return. 3-49 yards to endzone, touchback (should have been inside the 5 but Harris botched it). 4-31 yards to the CAR 12, no return. Very good day punting.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1. to the 1, 20 yard return; 2. touchback; 3. touchback; 4. touchback; 5. to the 5, 17 yard return. Great job.
Field Goals: Andersen went 2/2. There was one botched attempt due to a bad snap. Good to have ya back Mort!
Special Teams coverage: Except for the 2 penalties on Norwood’s returns it was very good.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Defensive line needs to eat up o-linemen and LB’s have to avoid getting eaten up by guards. Run defense tends to get “outphysicalled” so we need to utilize speed to get around it.
2. Get touchdowns and not field goals, make the most out of red zone opportunities.
3. Coverage of TE’s and RB’s. Seems they are wide open far too often.
Offensive MVP: Joey Harrington (361 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Defensive MVP: John Abraham (2 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 hurries) Honorable Mention to Boley with 8 tackles and 1 pass defensed.
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen.
Goat of the Week: Keith Brooking, Lawyer Milloy, Deangelo Hall, Joe Horn.
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: VS Houston Texans, September 30th!