It's early, I understand, but I have a question. Aside of Asante, we basically have the same team as last year. Is it safe to say that Mularkey really did hold this offense back, or is it a case of Ryan, Jones, etc. maturing?
had this exact same discussion yesterday while watching the game.
IMO, Mularkey DID coach Ryan to 'play scared'. But this could have came from Smitty.
Which leads me to this proposition: Methinks Smitty is loosening the reigns on Matty. Now: some of this could be
because Turner struggled early on. But I saw Quizz being used: and Douglas had a good day in the slot because Jones and White had them occupied. I saw alot more passing, saw Ryan making decisions like he did in 2008. Standing in the pocket, getting the ball out and running for a first down and for a TD.
( Btw, for about half the first qtr, the game was out in the ATL. So we listened to the radio and watched the Red Zone, and during this time they showed Vick sliding head first trying for the first down! I mean, for pete's sake, he STILL hasn't learned that YET? Didn't we bring in Brian Jordan to teach him how to do this years ago?)
But to your point: Matt reminds me of him in 2008: only a little chunkier and a little wiser. I do think Mularkey held him back....