Amateur observations from one who was there

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  1. shakadave

    shakadave In the Starting Line-Up

    I sat in the upper deck over one goal line, with my 8 layers of clothing and a good pair of binoculars. Here are my observations/impressions, made without the benefit of commentators, replays, or looking at the game stats. Some may hit topics mentioned in other threads, but I wanted to get these out before reading too much about the game.

    1. The Ravens fans were not loud. Not even half as loud as the Steeler fans.

    2. Brady's job looked DIFFICULT. By the end of the game, I was so used to seeing Moss standing out there on the wing, Welker in the slot (although he lined up wide, too), and when I would mentally image the play that was about to happen, it didn't look like we had obvious mismatches. Not many easy completions at all.

    3. Did we drop like 8 passes? I can't think of a receiver who didn't appear to drop a catchable ball.

    4. For the longest time, I didn't see our defense sack the QB, force a fumble, make an interception, or even pressure the QB. A couple times I isolated Seymour to see what he was doing, and he mostly was just standing there, making sure a run wasn't coming his way. It looked as if he was not asked to pass rush. Curiously, he was also off the field in some situations like 3rd and 1.

    5. I kept waiting for Adalius Thomas to do something --- anything! I'm still waiting.... He must have made a tackle? I did see PatsDeb made the point that this could be related to Colvin's absence and playing a new role.

    6. I'll be darned if Brandon Meriweather wasn't back there playing deep back in some obvious passing situations late in the game! Appeared to drop an interception one time.

    7. Sanders made his critical interception in front of me, and I couldn't see an intended receiver anywhere in the neighborhood. Sanders got to just stand still, unencumbered, waiting for the ball to arrive. Great runback too.

    8. On the play where they play actioned to Maroney, then threw it to him for a big gain, he would have gained it on the run, too. That offensive left side was empty!

    9. Rodney Harrison walked off the field late in the game looking just like Wile E. Coyote when the boomerang got glued to his legs: walking without bending either knee whatsoever. He stood on a bench while someone worked on his leg --- does that sound like cramps?

    10. Ellis Hobbs left in the first half, and they gave him all sorts of attention but I couldn't see anything specific they did --- concussion? (just a guess!)

    11. Most punts for both teams appeared to get minimal hang time. The wind down on the field was in the opposite direction from the wind up in the stands, so it was hard for me to tell which way it was blowing the ball.

    12. Brady's crucial run on 4th and 6 was easily the best option by the time it happened. There was such a big void in the middle of the field, even I started yelling "Run!" before he took off.

    13. Belichick kept to himself a lot. I hardly ever saw him talk to a player coming off the field.

    14. On the way off the field after being interviewed by TV, Gaffney stopped to give something --- I think his gloves --- to a Pats fan he spotted in the stands by the runway.

    15. From where I sat, I didn't see McGahee's running as resulting from missed tackles. It looked more like he got a lot of good blocks and had plenty of room to run. (He also followed the blocks well.)

    16. Samuel seemed to quarterback the d-backs, in terms of ushering them over to the sidelines during a 30-second timeout, in case they didn't see the timeout called.

    17. Before the Sanders interception, Wilfork could be seen (during a timeout, I think) walking around the defense, bumping fists with Rodney and Asante, clearly looking like he was still upbeat.

    18. There was at least one play where Hobbs and Samuel lined up on the same side.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2007
  2. aluminum seats

    aluminum seats In the Starting Line-Up

    Thanks for this post--would love to get similar stuff from people who go to the games, where it's much easier to pick up specific things--like your observation about Seymour.
  3. shakadave

    shakadave In the Starting Line-Up

    One last bump, although it's time to think Pittsburgh.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2007
  4. IndyKen

    IndyKen Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Great stuff- thanks for posting- I love personal observations like this...:)
  5. scout

    scout Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Awesome Dave! Ditto on the others comment who attend games.
  6. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    These are the Big 4 for me.

    I don't think this game is close if the recivers hold onto passes. Credit the incredibly hard hits of the Ravens to a degree (I don't see ANYONE holding onto the on Stallworth lost on that hit) but most were guys looking over their shoulders waiting for the hits or running before they had the ball for the same reason.

    The next 3 are all about our Defense. They need to step up to the plate. All of them. Here's hoping they're going to dig down deep and find the energy to play up to par, injuries or not.
  7. danny88

    danny88 Banned

    cool observation's , thanks....
  8. kurtinelson

    kurtinelson In the Starting Line-Up

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    Good stuff. I wish I could see more games live. TV coverage is terrible. I hope some day soon that watching football will be interactive, where the viewer can select from different camera angles and be able to see the entire field.
  9. Bella*chick

    Bella*chick Addicted to the light

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    One bad thing about watching the game live to me was that I didn't understand what was happening half the time because I was taking my cues from the Ravens fans' reactions. When I watched the final drive on my TIVO there wasn't the WTF!!! moment during the timeout that there was at the game. Then again, maybe it's because I knew the outcome. Also, on the Heath Evans stuff I could hear the whistles far more easily on TV.
  10. frankiesfly

    frankiesfly Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Seymour standing there. Something he does ever game. Just stand there.
  11. shakadave

    shakadave In the Starting Line-Up

    That's a good point. When Brady got stuffed on the sneak, and then on the next play when Evans got stuffed, those were fully live plays as far as I knew while I was watching them. Also, I didn't even know the Ravens were challenging Gaffney's touchdown until they announced the (non-)result.
  12. Fanfrom1960

    Fanfrom1960 In the Starting Line-Up

    It was actually a "challenge from upstairs" since it was in the last two minutes, so you wouldn't have seen Billick throw the red flag. Excellent notes from the game. Thanks.
  13. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa Supporter Supporter

    Also, divorce should always be kept legal :)

    Dave knows what this means... okay, this looked sort of ahem, weird, so to explain:

    The Mrs. had a "panic attack..." so we left Dave at the gate, I coaxed her up the ramp, got to full-on immobility and shaking, and @*($#(*$&%#(*$&% escorted her exactly down the ramp we came up before ever seeing the game.

    W$&#$&*(% again. Anyway, had dinner in Balmer with Dave, and he is a great guy!

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2007
  14. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    Great post - thanks. I am getting a bit concerned about Seymour. He has said his knee isn't right yet, which is understandable given the surgery. But I figured by the time he had played 4 or 5 games he would be rounding back into shape. I think it is anything but the case. That is a big part of the defense's recent struggles, IMO. We are just not getting very much pressure on the quarterback.
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