I believe I had heard some years back that wrapping up a player when tackling caused more injuries to the defender than trying to bowl him over. Not sure if there is any validity to that.
As far as Spielman, he had a decent draft, but lets not forget we also have a scouting team working with Spielman on our draft picks.
Outside of the draft, not sure how good Spielman is. He has yet to select any coaches & his 2 biggest FA acquisitions, Carlson & Simpson appear to both be busts.
FA acquisitions this year;
RB Jordan Todman Re-signed
FB Jerome Felton Signed
WR Devin Aromashodu Re-signed
WR Greg Childs Re-signed
WR Jerome Simpson Signed
WR Chris Summers
TE John Carlson Signed
OT Troy Kropog Signed
OT Kevin Murphy Re-signed
OT Geoffrey Schwartz Signed
OG Mark Asper Signed
OG Tyler Holmes Signed
DL Chase Baker Re-signed
DL Fred Evans Re-signed
DL Letroy Guion Re-signed
LB Erin Henderson Re-signed
LB Marvin Mitchell Signed
CB Bobby Felder Re-signed
CB Nick Taylor Re-signed
You be the judge on how those signings panned out.
Read more: KFFL - 2012 NFL Free Agents
3rd and 2!
You have two plays to get two yards! Down by three scores! What should coach do?
A. Run a play then kick a field goal? You need one eventually, unless you believe you will hold them and convert two 2 pt. conversions.
B. Run AD twice? He's your best option, he is getting positive yards, your passing game is shit, and the Bears Run defense is weak. Bears pass D is their strength.
C. Run AD once? See A and B above
D. Throw two passes, even though your QB is under pressure, your O-line is getting beat, your QB has no accuracy, the Bears pass D is their strength, and your receivers have been dropping balls all day.
I was so disgusted, at one time i dozed off and another i simply turned the channel.
The Defense wasn't tackling at all really.
Ponder threw an interception
AP coughed it up twice
Receivers not catching the ball
I'm as positive a person as there is on this site, but i was embarrassed to watch it.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Maybe we all should be committed to an insane asylum.
The fact that so many people here believe that AD is our biggest playmaker & should get the ball damn near every time should send off sirens & red lights that our QB/passing game are flawed.
If we can't pass, game over. We aren't going to win a bunch of games just pounding the rock & abandoning our passing game. We have to have a good balance of both. Two of AD's top 4 games which netted 3 of his 7 TD's came with 17 carries & 15 carries. 5 of his 7 TD's came in games with 17 carries or less.
I won't judge Speilman on FA acquisitions or lack there of as it is my belief that you build a team through the draft and use FA for depth and to occasionally fill a needed hole.
And yes, our coaches are absolutely unable to develop talent and teach success. That's why I say we should scrap them all and start over. Let Speilman make the hires and then we will be able to judge his abilities as a GM or lack there of.
This team has been lousey in the red zone all year. There have been at least three games where the offense drove down the field, then stopped doing what was successful when they reached the red zone.
The defense didn't stop the Vikings; Musgrave did.
I have serious doubts about Ponder, but not about Musgrave. Time for him to go.