Originally Posted by TonyS
We had many third downs lost because players ran their routes too short or didn't get separation once the ball was caught.
Payton called a conservative, yet winnable game.
The third down pass caught by Keyshawn....holding Flozell.
Penalties and lack of execution cost us.
Cortez missed field goal.
Williams blowing coverage.
Lack of pressure by our D-line rotation in 4th quarter (when they're supposed to be fresh)
If you pin this on Payton, you're missing the point.
100% on point! The coaches did not lose this game. Mental errors on D, and a critical penalty lost this game. The kicker also did not help us.
On the other side of the ball, I do not believe we were outcoached
. We were outplayed
! Brunell and Moss beat us.
Think about it - this loss was a statistical anomaly on many fronts. When you go into Q4 with a +2 turnover ratio and a 13-point lead, the odds of losing are almost absurd.