BTW- THRILLED to see Sony get some looks in the passing game. Back in college it was thought he had good hands.....and I think it was Sony who had that great blitz pick up in the 2nd half.
Hilarious reading posts here about how bad Sony is and Gronk (some player elsewhere) and both had days at sharp odds with their detractors. Sony will be a better threat with good blitz pickup AND pass catching. Ds will no longer be able to say "Sony's in so it's a run"
6. The OL - Lots of pluses as far as I was concerned. Thuney was great given he only had a week to prepare. I honestly thought Frodholt would have gotten the start, but they clearly thought Onwenu was up to the task at LG. I mean who would have thought when they pick some no name G from Michigan in the 6th round he'd be starting in the 3rd game of the season AND have a significant number of snaps in the first 2. On one hand you can say, what a find. On the other hand, you have to wonder about Frodholt that this kid just went right by him on the depth chart.
Getting worried about Frodholt's lack of progress.
The worst thing I can think of that can happen to a defense is to give up a TD in less than 35 seconds at the end of the half. That was horrible. The only other time I think they ever did that was in the 2014 Superbowl when they allowed Seattle to go right down the field for a TD after the Pats scored late in the 2nd My other complaint about the defense was they screwed up their substitutions 3 times and had to use their last TO just 2 minutes into the 4th quarter.
Since I too am an old coot I've forgotten the other game last couple years where we gave up a TD well inside last 2 minutes of the half. Totally unexpected in a BB coached team but it happens.
Winnovich is getting really good push on his pass rushes. What he needs to do is to start to get separation from the blocker once he gets to the QB. Too often he walked the blocker right by the QB and had trouble disengaging from his push. But clearly he has shown improvement in his pass rush.
Also good to see that Derrick Rivers had a QB hit. Yes
Wino does extend his rush past the QB when he should break it off. Coaches will fix that. He's really having a good year 2.
a. I am SOOOOO over Jim Nance and his "hot take" about the tuck play. The ONLY reason it became such a hot button issue is because the 2 announcers on that day had NO clue about the rule. I know I didn't and thought the game was over. I even shut the TV off and got on the computer to congratulate a Raider fan I conversed with over at the old KFFL site. It was only because they had no clue as to what the rule was about that the "controversy" even started. If they had had a ref in the booth like they do now, it wouldn't have been such a big deal because he would have been able to explain WHY it wasn't a fumble and the football world would have moved on.
Instead this Nance mook brings it up like it happened yesterday, not 20 years ago, and might as well have had his Raider's cap on when he said it. The Pats got screwed FAR worse back in 78 in that playoff game where the Raiders got call after call after call. Forget the Ben Dreith call, there were some far worse calls in that 4th quarter. Oackland fans have nothing to complain about after that robbery.
Can't stand Nance. His bias & ignorance is huge. Game 2 of 2001 Pats strip sack Vinnie T and recover the ball...until refs review & invoke the tuck Rule. It was called then and several other times that season. It was not until several seasons later that it was revised/abolished.
I was in a good place until you reminded me of the Dreith call. Another bad call that game was Russ Francis having both biceps grabbed from behind so that the 1st down pass bounced off his chest. Egregious.
Excellent post Ken. Like an Old QB you still have the arm for the downfield cross field post. My comments above in Bold Italic.