Ok, so most of us have let the BGN universe know exactly what we think, feel and opine about Sunday's loss over the last 2 days and it was far from pretty or polite. But you know what, that is our right as loyal and passionate fans. Personally, I haven't seen a collapse like that since watching video of the Haiti earthquake and spent most of my Sunday afternoon and evening venting like an active volcano.
But I think it is time to start looking forward. And in looking forward, let's try to be more like a fountain and less like a drain. If you are still in a "what the fuck was that" mode and need/want/have to let it out via posting on BGN in a negative manner, please go visit one of the 73 "firebomb the Novacare complex like it was an Al Qeada hideout" threads that are in existence. I want this thread to focus on what we can do to achieve more positive results. When you are done on those other threads though, please come back as I am going to throw out a few changes that I think will help us hold a second half lead and am interested in hearing your reactions. Let's get to it.
(It should be noted that I am only going to discuss changes that can be implemented right now, not changes that should be implemented but can't at this point of the season and that includes coaching changes. Whether a coaching change is warranted or not, doing so after game 4 of the season lacks prudence and in my opinion, would make things worse before they got better. Depending on how the rest of the season goes, we can revisit whether or not Mr. Piggy stays on as Head coach and whether or not his minions stay on in their respective positions)
Change #1 - Bring Jamal in @ C when we have short yardage situations. Football can be a simple game on offense when you break it down to it's most common denominator: We have the ball here, and we need to get it there. When we are facing a short yardage situation, albeit in the red zone or not, it is advantageous to have some beef up front and the way the current OL is constructed, we have no beef in the middle of the line. Take Kelce out or stick him at TE, I don't care which but having him @ C when we are trying to overpower the DL is asking for trouble (and if Minionwheg hasn't learned how risky it is to try to pull OL behind Kelce at the goal-line by now then he needs to be checked for delusion and/or severe memory loss, because it has blown up on us twice, resulting in 2 turnovers, one of which was returned for a td). Kelce just isn't big enough to get the necessary push off the snap. Hell, he isn't even big enough to stand his ground. But Jamal is. I don't care if the defense figures out that when Jamal comes in, the play is going to be a run up the middle. That is fine. If we can't get 1 yard, even if the defense knows what we are doing, then we have bigger problems than we can solve at this point. Besides, once we put that on tape and defense's start anticipating a run up the middle, that is when you employ some trickeration that we all know Minionwheg loves and bootleg Vick and catch the defense guessing wrong.
Change #2 - Run the ball in the second half and work towards generating clock killing drives. I know SF is great at stopping the run and that is why we passed so much on Sunday. I know that Mr Piggy felt like the offense was too conservative and wanted to open it up. I know that we have one of the scariest deep threats in football in the camel-cased one (and for those of you who don't know what this means, it is a shout out to one of the great Iggles blog that has been resurrected, if only momentarily, as a result of this little stretch of putrid football). But we have to run the ball to shorten the game when we have a lead. We. Have. To. Every time we have an incompletion, the clock stops. Every time we run the ball, the clock keeps ticking away. SF scored with 3 minutes to go. Would those 3 minutes have still been on the clock had we run more in the second half? I wish there was a way of finding out. It's not like Shady is a below average RB, he is an absolute beast and can close out games on a Miriano Rivera like level. Ok, maybe he's not that good. At least not yet. But he can be that good. Am I the only one who remembers how he closed out that Dallas game? He was unstoppable, breaking off first down after first down. We need more of that moving forward when we are trying to protect a lead.
Changes #3 - Run a 5-2 with the Wide 9 instead of a 4-3 with the Wide 9. Ok, I admit, this one is a little out there, but seeing how the current alignment isn't working, what harm is there in seeing if it will work? I would put Patterson right over the C and have the rest of the DL line up as they have been in the Wide 9. Let Patterson clog the middle and try to occupy a G and the C while the rest of the DL does what it has been doing. It would mean at least 1 less OL getting to the second level untouched, hopefully freeing up whichever LBs are in the game to make tackles. It would be something that opposing OCs would have to adjust their normal gameplans for. As for which LB comes off the field, does it really matter? In obvious passing downs, Patterson comes out of the lineup and we play a traditional nickel or dime alignment with 4 DL.
That is all I have for right now, but I am really interested in your thoughts.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a good evening and a better tomorrow. Reddgie