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The most significant negative tonight was our

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Woods, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Special Teams play in general.

    The long punt return and the KO return for a TD by Houston stunk.

    And the missed FG attempt and the bobble on the hold on another attempt.

    I'm sure BP will get most of this cleared by pretty quickly.

    As for Cortez, I think we'll probably bring in somone this week, or wait for the cuts for more competition.

    On the positive side, I loved how our defense forced turnovers!
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    It was even worse if you consider many of the Texans plays were called back on the returns due to them committing penalties.
  3. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Yes, and I was surprised by the number of penalties the Texans committed in general.

    I think we had a major lapse on special teams today. Hopefully most of it is not major stuff and can be corrected.
  4. Rezz

    Rezz Mr. Blonde

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    Yeah ST didn't look too good, I have no idea who was in on the Swinton return, but you know Swinton isnt exactly garbage on returns...so I can live with that...
  5. 50cent

    50cent Well-Known Member

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    I 'm sorry, I have to disagree. I thought the most disappointing aspect was our Oline run blocking. The last 2 weeks have shown me when our running game is in check, we can move the ball with ease. The way we came out tnight blocking for the run was pathetic. When we put Guode in at center it did seem to pick up. He might have won the job tonight and solved our run blocking woes.
  6. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    In fact, didn't ALL of Houston's points come off Special Teams?

    I may be mistaken, but I thought the FG made by Brown of Houston came off a long punt return.
  7. Rogerthat12

    Rogerthat12 DWAREZ

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    yep..ST sucked tonight point blank..we need work
  8. 50cent

    50cent Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, from what I saw and the came from the few clips that were shown on the NFL Network, I saw guys like Bruce Thornton, Condo, and Bickerstaff on STs missing tackles and taking bad angles. I just don't think we are going to rely on them this year for STs. I guess that why I'm not so disappointed with ST.
  9. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    We still need alot of work on the OL as well.
  10. cowboyeric8

    cowboyeric8 Chicks dig crutches

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    you are correct sir.
  11. jlust22

    jlust22 Member

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    It's hard to truly judge preseason, but the 1st team offense has been pretty bad. Bledsoe has been the QB for 17 series. They have gone 3 and out in 9 of the series. They have gotten only 1 1st down in 6 of the series and they have had 2 TD drives. The Cowboys are 10/42 on 3rd down conversions in the three games, but with Bledsoe at QB, they are 1/17. I think the offense is still without a doubt the biggest concern on the team. I am not convinced they will be able to produce a lot of points.
  12. CowboyManDan

    CowboyManDan Well-Known Member

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    Good post. There are reasons to be concerned by our 1st team offense. JJ has run well, but the passing game and the general offensive line needs improvement. Bill probably wants to have a ball control offense, but you need 1st downs.
  13. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    I think a lot of the uncertainty on offense can be attributed to the OL.

    When given time, I think Bledsoe is o.k., but he definitely needs time.

    I'm hoping when Rivera comes back, and with Petitti improving, the OL will start to come together soon. It's going to take Petitti awhile to get used to the various stunts, blitzes, etc.
  14. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    OK so the reason for our bad O-line play is......what exactly?

    Flo - solid
    LA - solid
    AJ, Dre - solid
    Rivera - solid
    Petitti - still learning/getting better
    Campbell - solid
  15. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    The screens....they are not holding their block long enough

    We are still very suspect stopping the rush up the middle.

    I still think we are still weak at stopping the speed rusher of the edge.

    Run blocking still has to be crisper.

    Not getting off together on the snap.
  16. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    The screen is still in our playbook?
  17. Champsheart

    Champsheart Active Member

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    The problem is a couple of things.

    1. They are bringing to many to block with the blitz.

    2. We are trying to counter act that with screens, which obviously we still suck at.

    We have to come up with something else, which sucks because the screen is a great antidote to the blitz.

    We have been running so many screens, I think Big Bill is really giving that a chance to work, but it obviously is not.

    He will come up with something else.
  18. Champsheart

    Champsheart Active Member

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    Yep, are special teams where bad tonight.

    The way I look at it is Houston got 9 points of special teams.

    We got -6 on special teams. We botched the FG, and missed a 31 yarder.

    That is a 12 point differnce on ST.

    This game could have easily been 27-0.

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