Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by JPostSam, Dec 19, 2005.
how in the world does a team let that happen?!?!
By playing four straight playoff contenders and committing killer turnovers.
And a lot of penalties at critical times.
And it's a Bill Parcells team, NOT the Saints.
Honestly-this is becoming a pretty complicated question. The key injuries? Maybe. The OL? Likely. The Drew curse? Most likely.
However-they've come out this month into games with NO fire in their eyes. I don't know if Parcells forgot how to motivate his players, or his players just no responding to him. Or if the assistants are doing a poor job game-preparing.
Either way-this is pretty sickening. We were picked to go to the Super Bowl by some last month. Now we may not win another game.
I've read that we've never missed the playoffs after being 7-3....
Penalties haven't been that big of a factor. Glenn's PI that wiped out Davis' interception against the Giants was big, but none of the others were that critical.
The last time the Skins started 3-0, they won the Super Bowl.
In Parcells' first year here, they started 5-1. The last time that happened, the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.(in 95)
In 02, the Saints were 9-4 going into Moony, Cincy, and Carolina-only to lose all three and not make the playoffs.
Welcome to the new NFL!
We've never missed the playoffs with 10 wins, either.
The Cowboys have really been awful offensively in their last 4 road games (Sea, Phi, NYG & Was). Today was the first time the defense was also terrible on the road in those games, but the offense contributed to that as well with the turnovers. Bledsoe's numbers in the last 4 road games are putrid. The OL and weak running game has certainly been a contributing factor to Bledsoe's struggles, but the offense has taken this team down which isn't that surprising and is the main reason why this team probably won't make the playoffs.
It also doesn't help that the run defense has been shredded as of late. The Cowboys are giving up an average of 140 yards a game over their last 6 games. The Cowboys can't run the ball and now they can't even stop the run anymore.
Last 4 road gms. for Bledsoe:
we may have played good teams, but if you're a good team, you beat good teams. besides, the giants and the skins were banged up. if there was a time to beat them, the past few weeks was it. the giants and redskins are also teams that we played very tough against the first time around, and then they mauled us the second time around.
so, as much as we all said that the redskins loss in week 3 was a fluke, you know that people are going to say that all our close victories this season were flukes, too. and until this team steps up, the doubters will be on steady ground.
i know, flozell adams's injury has affected the whole o-line, which has affected the rushing game, which has affected the passing game, etc. but the patriots have been playing without half their starters, it seems, and they are still finding ways to win tough games.
it's just gut-wrenching to go from leading the nfc east to fighting for a wild-card spot. and yes, i do think that play-calling and game scheming has been a factor.
I think we were playing over our heads when we got to 7-3.
Teams have begun to expose our weaknesses - lack of pass rush, inability to stop the run, inability to run block and inability to pass block. The only real strength of our team all year has been the secondary but even that has been hampered since Henry's injury against Arizona.
dang losing flozell hurt us BAD
Right, which I think has forced Roy back into more coverage, further weakening us against the run.
And if anybody thought we wouldn't miss Dat, well......
Losing Dat and AL has castrated the LB corps. THAT is the main reason teams are running on us now. Add to an O line that really is putrid, and there you have it.
Not to mention a coach that seems unable to inspire his team.
Everyone here was eating the cheese as Parcells said a few weeks back. I am not sure why everyone is so disappointed. This is a 9-7 team who made some improvements since last year. Ask yourself, what were you really expecting from this team?
We still need significant upgrades at LB and the O-line. There are other areas as well, but these are the two biggest areas.
The Patriots have great depth. Tucker is not a good back up lineman. If he were better he would be starting instead of a rookie RT.
On defense, the Patriots count on their veterans for leadership and ask their young guys only to contribute. Dallas is doing the opposite by sitting Glover and Ellis and asking Spears, Canty and Johnson to cover the most duties. Coleman was even getting more playing time.
With this offense, it too often only takes 1 penalty to kill a drive. Since points have been hard to come by on the road, I would say any penalty that occurs is at a critical point in the game.
Well, I predicted 9-7. We're gonna end up pretty close to that if not right at that mark. So. in the grand scheme of things, we're going to end up right where I thought we would.
We were beyond my expectations early which was great but the injuries were too much. Overall, there was improvement from last year. We're headed in the right direction, just not as fast as some would like.
18 sacks in the last 4 road games, that is beyond terrible. I feel bad for Bledsoe; I see what Carr has endured. The Panthers line is going to have a field day.
Because not all teams in the NFL are created equal. Just like in '03, a big part of your record is dependent on who you play, when you play them and where you play them.
Now that type of thing doesnt matter as much when you're a stout team. It matters quite a bit though when you're middle of the pack.
An exaggerated example of that is if you'd play Houston the first 8 games and then Indy the last 8. I magine you might go from 7-1 to 8-8.