Bah...it is what it is: a young rebuilding team. We've got some players who make some nice plays, and thus we can keep it close, but our chances of beating really good teams will be very low this season.
Most of the complaints on Ponder: He's looking downfield too long, He's running too much, He's not throwing the deep ball; Tie directly into our gaping hole of nobody who can get open deep. Most teams have 3-5 of those guys. His completion % is spectacular as is his old school QB Rate of 110.6, good for 6th best in the league. Give the boy a legit, out-side, deep threat (or 2) and we will see improvement in Ponder's, Harvin's, AND AP's stats!
I liked the point one of you guys made in the JA thread: Defense kinda is what it is now. With so many rules made to help the Offense, what you can do has changed (add) and most teams play back and try to tackle in front of them. The zone used to rely on hard, bone-jarring hits to knock the ball loose, but now you can't do that, so you have to play the ball instead. We've seen a bit of that with Greenway and Smith, perhaps some of our team is on that idea...?
Hate to say it, but Winny looked really slow vs. Avery. I hope he can step it up a bit as the season rolls one, cuz nobody else starting back there has more than 12 games under their belt!!? D'oh!!!
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
"Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot