Game #7 AT New Orleans Saints Review
Another typical game this season. Started off really well only to lose by less than a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Leftwich looked much better under pressure than Harrington although Harrington did show some good things while in the game. Still not sure why the coaching staff didn’t challenge the call of Roddy White out of bounds at the 7, he looked like he stayed in to me.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Dunn (13/28), Norwood (6/38), Mughelli (1/3), Leftwich (3/6) and Harrington (1/0). Effective Runs (4 yards or more)-Dunn, 2; Norwood, 1. Dunn had 1 catch for 1 yard and Norwood had 3 for 1. Although the effective runs doesn’t show it, Norwood is more effective at this point than Dunn. Norwood did not have any negative yardage plays while Dunn had quite a few.
Breakdown of passes:
Leftwich: 15/23, 145 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 5 Bad passes, 2 throw aways, 1 drop. Leftwich was able to go downfield and get rid of the ball quickly. Poor pass protection eventually got him knocked out of the game.
Harrington: 12/18, 128 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 4 Bad passes, and 2 Drops. Not a bad performance in relief just not enough.
Drops (3): Robinson, 1; Jenkins, 1 and Dunn, 1
YTD Drops (22):
Run blocking: Outside of Norwood’s big run wasn’t all that good. It’s a shame I didn’t have to change this one from last week.
Pass blocking: Horrid. It’s pretty bad when a line can’t consistently give even 3 seconds. Didn’t have to change this one either.
Sack responsibility (3): First sack is on Clabo. Second is on Forney. The announcers talked about Harrington holding it too long but he didn’t have 3 seconds. Final sack is on Blalock.
YTD Sacks (25):
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 horrible but there were key breakdowns especially up the middle on the Thomas TD where the center was allowed to get to Brooking unimpeded by our d-line. Unacceptable.
Pass Defense: Man to man seemed pretty good but zone allowed several mismatches as well as the TE and RB’s to make far too many catches.
Norwood had 2 kickoff returns and 2 touchbacks: 1. from the 2, 20 yards; 2. from the 15, 18 yards. Norwood is explosive but I’d rather have Jennings on all returns and use Norwood’s explosiveness more in the backfield.
Jennings had 4 punt returns: 1. from the ATL 19, 12 yards; 2. from the ATL 41, 15 yards; 3. from the ATL 22, -2 yards; 4. from the ATL 48, 12 yards and 1 fair catch. Very nice day returning.
Koenen had 6 punts: 1-45 yards to the NO 11, 48 yard return. 2-48 yards to the NO 44, 7 yard return. 3-33 yards to NO 13, no return. 4-51 yards to the NO 32, no return. 5-45 yards to the NO 7, no return. 6-43 yards to the NO 10, no return. Much better distance on punts with 1 coverage breakdown.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1. to the 3, 21 yard return; 2. to the 42A onside, Jennings recovered; 3. to the 2, 25 yard return; 4. to the end zone, touchback; 5. to the -1, 32 yard return. Very good day kicking.
Field Goals: Andersen went 3/3. Good from 38, 33, and 21.
Special Teams coverage: Big breakdown on the first punt and the last kickoff. Decent day but definitely needs improvement.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Pass protection.
2. Get touchdowns and not field goals, make the most out of red zone opportunities.
3. Overall defense especially after scores.
Offensive MVP: Roddy White (8, 110 yards, 1 TD)
Defensive MVP: Demorrio Williams (7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defended)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen.
Goat of the Week: Offensive Line.
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Next up: VS San Francisco 49ers, November 4th!