My Thoughts On The Game.
posted at 8/13/2010 12:31 AM EDT
I'm re-watching some of the game, and my main focus is on the defense.
The offense is what it is - it's great and this offense will be special.
As for the defense. We look much improved from last season, but there's still some work to do.
Gerard Warren is an upgrade over Jarvis Green at DE. He's a big body that fills lanes, and he always pushing the pocket. Mike Wright held his own, however you'd expect Ty Warren to play there when he's ready to return.
The LB's look great. Spikes is a playmaker, and him and Mayo will be all over the place making plays. Banta-Cain looks solid and was consistently pushing the pocket when rushing the passer, and he making good plays in the running game.
Murrell looked pretty good too. He looks to be solid when rushing the passer, and he's often causing issues when he's rushing, and he isn't bad in the running game. He has a nose for the ball, and he held his ground and set the edge. Still though, the question is who will play that position. Will it be Murrell? Will it be Cunningham? Will it be Ninkovich? Who knows, but right now I'm liking Murrell, and whoever it may be, they're an upgrade over Adalius.
As for the DB's. They look pretty good. Bodden didn't play, but he'll be back in time for the season opener, and we all know that he's a good player. Darius Butler looks good, and McCourty looked very, very good. Chung was always flying around, and Meriweather looked solid.
Lastly, the communication seemed much better. Everyone seemed to be on the same page, and things looked in sync.
Overall, the run defense looks improved. They had a lot of bodies flying around, and the physicality looked good and the athleticism of this defense was evident. The pass defense still has room to improve, but the pass-rush looks to be more consistent, and the DB's are clearly more athletic.
Let's no kid ourselves - we just played the world champions, and when the two 1st team teams were on the field, we outplayed them. Of course our passing D is going to look a little off against the Saints - they have a great passing game, but we did well nonetheless.
All in all, this offense is going to be special, and this defense is young, athletic, and much improved over last year.
This team has the ability to go far.