still question Josh's use of James White for TWO short yardage running plays inside the 10, but maybe I should just get used to it, since he's clearly going to keep on doing it, despite my entreaties. It clearly drives me nuts, but the vast majority of what he does has been really, really good over the years.
I think the thing to keep in mind here is to not look at plays like that in isolation but more on a macro level. Is he setting something up ? Does McDaniels want to see how the Jets defend certain things ? Are there any mismatches that can be created ? Do you want White on the field for other calls on second or third down while not letting the opponents sub ?
BTW- did you ever see two more disparate throws than the one he missed a WIDE open Hogan on, followed by the dime he threw to Dorsett....ON the run! What a great throw THAT one was.
I get your point but you are misremembering the sequence of things. The terrible Hogan miss was a lot earlier than the hit to Dorsett. It just happened to be that there was another target to Hogan right before the Dorsett TD but that one was a much, much harder throw under pressure at the end of the endzone than the one you were writing about.
That being said this was one of his best throws this year.
Losing Hill so early in the season was a very underrated injury for us.
I have to say it though. I can't help but wonder if we wouldn't have been better off with the OTHER Georgia RB, who was bigger and had a slightly better year behind a weaker Browns OL.
That depends on whether Michel will make the jump to a full fledged RB who -- once he gets stronger, bigger and has a fuller understanding of the blocking schemes -- will do it all (pass blocking, catching and running). If makes that jump next season he will be a devastating player.
If he stays what he is -- a good back that only runs the ball -- then he was picked too early.
I sometimes think that Dorsett is a very unrated receiver.
Who knows why he is not used more but all I can say is that in the flashes he had last year he showed good hands, understanding of route running and pretty good elusiveness. I blew it with predicting him to be the most improved player of the season when we did the thread at the start but I'd be curious where he'd be if we had not made the Gordon acquisition.
Unfortunately only 2 counted due to a real penalty which so rarely gets called these days it looked like a bad call.
If you are referring to the Dwayne Allen hold then I have to ask you to watch it again. That was one bad, bad call by the refs.
Question for the rewatch guys, has DShelton made a positive difference these last 2 games? Whatever it is, it has been much better recently. Will it carry over?
Having Shelton there is definitely better than Adam Butler or Lawrence Guy. I am sure Shelton would have actually played even in the games he ended up being inactive but you can only have so many on the game day roster and other places seemed to be rated more important. The league should really do away with game day inactives allowing the entire roster to play.
I once thought Adam Gase was going to be a good HC in this league.
It always gives me a chuckle when posters bring him up as someone they wanna see as OC. He had one excellent season in Denver and since then has kept failing as Miami coach. Half-assed a "change of culture" by trading away players that didn't fit the locker room, hung on to Tannehill as a QB, signed a retired Cutler when Tannehill was put on IR...
Unlike really good offensive minds like McD, Shanahan or McVay he really has no trademark thing he does well. In Denver he run the exact same offense that Manning was used to from his days in Indy. There was not a lot of creativity there but mostly surrounding Peyton with talent and letting him do his thing.
I was going to root for the Saints to get to the Superbowl. I respect Drew Brees. However I would have been 5-0 in my pool this week if the Saints had bothered to show up this week against the pathetic and overrated Panthers.
They had their seeding already set in stone, avoided unnecessary risks with key players and were able to make their division rivals drafting position a bit worse by giving them one more win. Apart from screwing over the fans (and some betters) I think they did as well as they could.