Re: Playoff game against the Ravens does NOT mean we are doomed.
posted at 8/14/2010 10:09 PM EDT
I get ya, really. I dont want to be a "yeah, but" guy, but here is my issue with our past performance.... 2007? we almost won it all, but lack of multiple threats made us too easy to shut down, and that pass rush the giants put on us, charlie weiss would have just dismantled it with movement and screens. So, talent an issue a bit there, but scheme more than anything. Last half of that season, in fact, scheme was an issue, and we should have seen that and corrected that right away. Eagles and Ravens game were the warnings. 2008. Well, heck, how many teams can bring in a backup and not get creamed? Not too many, and where we lost, it was often involving wildcat type offense, or no huddle offense, against our d, and on offense Cassel needed more time at first to go through his reads, and didn't get it. He got better. Still 11-5 and improved alot, who knows what we would have done in the playoffs. Last year, how many guys just flat gone without much notice? A bunch. Brady first year back from knee, and everyone said, going to be tough, look at Carson Palmer and see it take a year to get it all back. And that showed. Still one dimensional, 2nd receiver didn't work out, running backs .. eh. Defense young, out of place often, but some bright spots, Mayo hurt, still we went 10-6.
As badly as things went, we played many young guys, had some success, came close to beating the colts, and got to the playoffs. the ravens had exactly the right stuff and plan to beat us, and did. Now, Brady is better. Offensive talent is there. Scheme already is better. Defense is healthy, has experience, and looks fast and capable, a few issues, but not bad. I think whatever we had last year, minus some baggage, plus 3 tight ends, 2 linebackers, 2 wide receiver, alot of offensive and defensive experience, removal of dean pees, equals better record and result. This seems logical to me.