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    Better than anyone expected

    Well, everyone but Marty, anyway.

    Back in pre-season, we were all at best cautiously optimistic. The average prediction for wins was around 5 or 6. And now, here we are sitting at 9-6, with a decent shot at a Wildcard berth.

    Let's look at those six losses, shall we?

    Colts. Playoff team.
    Seahawks. Playoff team, possible division winner.
    Redskins. Likely division winner, possible wildcard if we both lose.
    Bears. probable wildcard if we lose.
    Packers. Division winner.
    Bucs. Out of it now, but looked dangerous for a while.

    Of them all, only the Bucs are no longer in the hunt. So, five out of six losses are to playoff teams or contenders going into the final week.

    We also have some impressive wins over the Bears, 49ers and Texans.

    Makes us look a whole lot better than anyone gave us credit for, eh?

    All in all, it's the perfect setup for another major letdown. Let's hope and pray that we don't screw the pooch again.

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    I think back to what Ziggy said early on this year. "We are going to surprise some people this year." He was right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveling_Vike View Post
    Well, everyone but Marty, anyway.
    Except Marrdro thought those wins would all come off of Ponder's arm & Gerhart's legs.

    Instead we are winning with AD as our RB, who is averaging slightly more yards/carry than Ponder is averaging/pass.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    I think it is safe to say the difference in in the secondary. Last year they were god awful and this year they have been respectable which has led to us blowing fewer of the leads than we did last year plus no beginning the season with the liability I so correctly labeled McChunky.

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    I went back and reread some old threads the other day thinking of making a thread like this. the differences between the last few years and this season are visible across the board. as much as people think slickrick should be ousted, i'll stick to what he's proven to be a rebuild that has the looks of a major upgrade.

    i'll start with our Special Teams. wow, this has to be the biggest turn around this season. Walsh is flat out performing just as advertised with the accuracy of a vet. The tackling, focus on the ball, and lack of penelties really has been improved. I havn't gone back and looked this up, but I don't remember more then maybe 2,3 KR/PR's that really went 30+, yet while we had PH his avg was 35+. CK had a few misshaps, maybe even a funk, but he pulled out of it and again kept up his standard hang time, distance, and even accuracy.

    SPT coach.. bigP.. KEEEEEEEEEEP HIM!! i like a guy who will try different things because he feels he can get better results then @ the 20. Great job with this phaze of the team!

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    started fast, plateau, rose again, plateaued again, and now kept the #1 seed in the afc to 0 TD's and 2 FG's.

    the bend but don't break seemed to work! Smith has proven to be a GREAT pick. his attitude is there, his skills are there, now he just needs to learn to read plays a bit faster and better and this kid will anchor our S's for years to come. It was obvious that Cook's absence was detrimental to our CB's. but winny and crew stepped up, and with Cook back. it's not a shut down completly CB group but it's promising! Lb's we need some improvement, but that being said, Greenway is a stud, get another to play with him and we have a VERY fierce group. the DL is forming, imagin if we had a WaTT style DT to play with Kwill.. Rob, Grif, JA have had a #%@$% good season. they might not have all the stats, and there were some up/down games, but add to this rotation and you have DE position locked.

    D Cord.. ohh yeah he's earned it! Keep him, help him build those last pieces and tear the O's apart!!


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    AP/TG for me are still the best 1/2 combo out there. nothing really needs said here

    TE's started seeing JC finally make plays, and with Rudy being a Stud we have a real TE combo ahead of us, with the Rookie even stepping up for his future flyinsaucer replacement position.

    WR we need improvement.. we hav an avg group of NFL wr's.. that means yes they have talent, yes they have the ability to catch.. PH was showing off until he got hurt, we onnly got to really see wright in the end, and childs still has yet to prove he can be that redzone, jump ball, sideline threat. FA and Draft will fill this need this year and watch things unfold!

    OL thoughout the year there's been a lot of focus on the L/R T's. BigLoad and MK have really done well for the most part, some early penelties but those were cleaned up as of late. Piece by piece I think this OL is coming along, Sully really picked up his game, and maybe a high end G will give this line the pushing power it needs to open lanes, and protect the qb.

    QB
    lot of things to think on, but really. Ponder unless we pull of a major trade has earned the right to be the QB next year. is he improving? yes, not as fast as maybe he should, but it's showing. webb, maybe move him to WR, bring up MBT and maybe look for a vet? or a up n comer. i think though MBT will be the groomed one in a year or two that will shine for us.

    OC rusty musty.. what to do.. what to do.. some good calls, some great calls, some #$%#$! stupid ones.. is there a learning curve? sure.. is this getting better? was last week. .show consistancy, keep being creative, and bring this team where it should be. next year could be your launching year, or sacking year.


    HC.. i'm sold.. keep him around, keep giving this team a style and consistant effort and we have a winning franchise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singersp View Post
    Except Marrdro thought those wins would all come off of Ponder's arm & Gerhart's legs.

    Instead we are winning with AD as our RB, who is averaging slightly more yards/carry than Ponder is averaging/pass.
    i'de like to add, also with the great kicking game of Walsh, our 6th round rookie pick. not to mention, some harped on how bad a pick it was..cough cough.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveling_Vike View Post
    Well, everyone but Marty, anyway.

    Back in pre-season, we were all at best cautiously optimistic. The average prediction for wins was around 5 or 6. And now, here we are sitting at 9-6, with a decent shot at a Wildcard berth.

    Let's look at those six losses, shall we?

    Colts. Playoff team.
    Seahawks. Playoff team, possible division winner.
    Redskins. Likely division winner, possible wildcard if we both lose.
    Bears. probable wildcard if we lose.
    Packers. Division winner.
    Bucs. Out of it now, but looked dangerous for a while.

    Of them all, only the Bucs are no longer in the hunt. So, five out of six losses are to playoff teams or contenders going into the final week.

    We also have some impressive wins over the Bears, 49ers and Texans.

    Makes us look a whole lot better than anyone gave us credit for, eh?

    All in all, it's the perfect setup for another major letdown. Let's hope and pray that we don't screw the pooch again.
    Excellent post my friend.

    One thing that seems to be missing in all the discussions I've been having with fans lately, is that we sure have alot of 1, 2, and 3 year starters on the field with alot more of the same adding backup/depth.

    Someone needs to start giving Ole Ricky Boy, the Scouts and of course the coaches some props for not only finding the right players for the scheme, but getting them in the house and coaching them up.

    By the way, I'm always optimistic so consider my guess just that, a lucky guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by singersp View Post
    Except Marrdro thought those wins would all come off of Ponder's arm & Gerhart's legs.

    Instead we are winning with AD as our RB, who is averaging slightly more yards/carry than Ponder is averaging/pass.
    Ponder hater. Face it, you won't be happy until they have someone back there that throws it 60 yards every play.

    Steve: Ponder only throws short ones.

    Marrdro: That's because his only receiver is a slot receiver. By nature that equates to short one.

    Steve: No, he should throw it deep to Harvin.

    Marrdro: Steve, Harvin, like Welker (who he was tied with in receptions before he went down) was leading the league in receptions. Neither one is used that way.

    Steve: No, he should throw it deep to Harvin.

    Marrdro: No Steve, they should get him some competent receivers that can run a 4, 5, 6 and 7 route. Then he would throw it deeper.

    Steve: No....No...No....Ponder sucks cause he doesnt' throw it deep.

    On a side note......

    Marrdro: Steve, remember when you were beeyyyyatching about the Chiller not running AD enough? Now you wanna beeyyyatch cause they are running him to much, and winning doing?

    Steve: No, Ponder sucks cause he doesnt' throw it deep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Floyd View Post
    I think it is safe to say the difference in in the secondary. Last year they were god awful and this year they have been respectable which has led to us blowing fewer of the leads than we did last year plus no beginning the season with the liability I so correctly labeled McChunky.
    Have you noticed that the combo of Ballard, Griff, Rob and ole K-dubb are actually getting to the QB? Our DB's are still standing back there in their zones for the most part. If you doubt me, go back, look at Smitty's last INT. He was just standing there 10 yards past the receiver.

    Has the Backend looked better this year? Hell yes, but our front end has been getting it done at times as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NordicNed View Post
    i'de like to add, also with the great kicking game of Walsh, our 6th round rookie pick. not to mention, some harped on how bad a pick it was..cough cough.....
    I remember who that was. Actually, the Many who's Ned. One of which is so embarraaaassssed he was wrong about his beloved PUKER Kicker he doesn't come around much I hear.
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