Well I guess I should chime in now. It's not easy to get your wideouts involved when you have only one on the field for half the snaps. Also, we went downfield once early & then didn't bother to even try again, although that first one netted us a 43 yard flag. Also, Duckett came in & looked great and then gave way to Dunn who got one good run right after he came back in (10-15 yards inside the red zone) and Duckett was shelved for the rest of the game. The O-line had another terrible pass blocking performance for the second week in a row, and the defense was aenemic until the Pack got into field goal range. Overall, I would say a big part of the problem was the coaches to be honest. I like Mora, but I am finding Knapp's playcalling & Donatell's philosophy to both be severely flawed at this point. This team could win a Super Bowl this year but I find it highly unlikely, and i don't see anything we could do in the next couple of years for this team to become a dynasty like we would all like. It used to be there wasn't enough talent around Vick, but now the problem is the coaching, the pass blocking of the O-line, the run defense, & our lack of coverage. I mean how many slants can one team run in one game before someone jumps the route?
I don't see us fixing our problems in the next couple of years. Luckily we're in the NFC which is somewhat like the AFC was like when Elway played. I think if we can sure up our defense, then Vick could carry us to the Super Bowl a couple or few times like Elway did with Denver back in the 80's. Still, it took a regime change & a ton of personnel changes for Elway to finally bring home the Lombardi in the 90's.
Vick had another good passing game, but got sacked & hit too much either in the pocket or trying to escape the pocket. The announcers kept saying how Vick looked kind of lost out there & such, but that's what happens when you have people coming free on so many plays. I hope our coaches can look at this tape & see the same stupid playcalling I saw on offense, but I'm not holding my breath. We will need to address the problems on defense in this offseason. Kerney has been shut down this year & they are running right over him. Smith will be gone or injured next year. The DT's are getting shoved out of the middle consistently. Our corners can't cover short routes, or aren't allowed to. There are only a few guys whose jobs I would consider safe going into next year on D; those being Coleman, Williams, Hall, Boley (surprisingly), & Hartwell (due to the amount of money spent on him & the obvious talent he possesses)...oh and Brooking. Could we be looking at going to a 3-4 again? I definitely would rather have those 4 LB's on the field than Lavalais. Maybe move Coleman to DE in the 3-4 like Seymour in New England & find another big, fast lineman to play the other DE.
OK, I went off on a tangent there & people are going to call me crazy for suggesting it, but I sure don't see anyone throwing 20 slants on New England in one game though.