Some things were better and some were worse in this game. In my Things to work on schedule, I’m going to be a bit more detailed this week.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Snelling (12/50), Harris (12/33), Redman (4/12), Shockley (3/18), and Mughelli (2/5). 5 of Snelling’s carries went for 4 yards or more. Although he lacks outside speed, I really like Snelling’s drive and determination. I’m still of the opinion that he will be the 3rd string RB and backup fullback possibly. 4 of Harris’ carries went for 4 yards or more. Just not impressive enough to make the team I think. Redman had 1 nice scramble and Shockley had a couple of nice scrambles until tearing up his knee.
Breakdown of passes:
Harrington: 4/7, 31 yards, 0 TD/1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 1 bad throw, 2 drops. The INT was mostly a result of Harrington’s foot slipping but gets counted as a bad throw. The other play I’d point out is the shovel pass that got Snelling clocked. Roddy White was open and should have been the target but Harrington missed him. It doesn’t show up in the stats but it would get pointed out in the film room as a bad decision. Still a solid showing though.
Redman: 11/21, 90 yards, 1 TD/1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 2 bad throws, 4 defended, 2 throw aways and 2 drops. These numbers are a bit sugar-coated in my opinion. The 4 defended passes are largely the result of passes being thrown with way too much touch. I did not come away from this game thinking we had a solid backup option and it wouldn’t shock me if we signed someone to be the #2 QB.
Shockley: 4/5, 46 yards, 0 TD/ 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 1 bad throws. Outside of an impromptu pass to avoid a sack that was almost intercepted, Shockley played well and is largely responsible for the winning TD drive. He was still a little off target (seemingly because of how hard he throws) but the WR’s stepped up and caught the ball. It’s a shame his season ended as I believe he was in position to challenge for the #2 job.
Drops (4): R. White 1 (2), Robinson 1 (1), Cooper 1 (1) and Milner 1 (2). White and Milner’s concentration problems continue. That may just be a problem that doesn’t go away.
Sack responsibility (1): Wilkerson allowed the pressure and Jordan’s man got the sack.
Pass blocking: Overall, very good pass protection. The QB’s are doing a nice job of getting rid of the ball extremely quick.
YTD Sacks (1):
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: Much improved. Only 69 yards allowed for the entire game. Nice job.
Pass Defense: Less than 200 yards allowed and even on completions, coverage was very tight for the most part. Very much improved from last week although there were a couple of miscommunications.
3 sacks: Stone, J. Williams and T. Williams all had sacks. Great to see safety blitzes!
Rossum had 1 kickoff return for 25 yards. Jennings had 1 kickoff return: 48 yards. Amey had 1 kickoff return for 20 yards. Jennings clearly had the better day here again and has to be the leader for the job at this point.
Jennings had the only returnable punt and that was an 8 yard return.
Jennings has really impressed me so far. I have to believe that Rossum is on the ropes, so to speak. 1 more good week from Jennings and I think the battle will be over.
Koenen had 1 punt for 49 yards that rolled and died on the 2. Outstanding job.
Anderson had 2 punts for 41 and 38 yards. Returns negated by penalties. Not a bad job but he has no chance to make the team obviously.
Kickoffs: Koenen had 3 kickoffs: 1: to the 7, returned 19 yards. 2: to the endzone, returned 23 yards. 3: to the goal line, returned 19 yards.
Cundiff had 1 kickoff to the goal line, 24 yard return.
Much better coverage and hang time on kickoffs to allow coverage team to get downfield.
Field Goals: Cundiff hit 2/3. Good from 32 and 46. Missed from 54 badly. Very good job and I think he’ll be just fine in the Dome.
Special Teams coverage: Stone continues his good work as did McIntyre. Coverage was much improved.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Backup QB play. Redman needs to really show something Monday night and even then it may not be enough to stop someone being brought in. Casey Bramlett will look to secure the #3 job.
2. Stay healthy. The starters will probably play the entire 1st half. We MUST stay healthy.
3. Eliminate secondary miscommunication. Safety help over the top has to be there when the corner is expecting it.
Offensive MVP: DJ Shockley. Really did a very good job on the winning TD drive. Honorable mention to Jason Snelling.
Defensive MVP: Darren Stone (4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hurry) and Trey Lewis (2 tackles, 2 QB hurries, 1 batted pass)
Special Teams MVP: Billy Cundiff/Adam Jennings
Goat of the Week: Chris Redman-Not necessarily bad but just left a bad impression.
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: VS Cincinnati, August 27th!