23.1.06

Move Over And Let Me Coach

Dear Mike Shanahan,
I noticed the other day, when you played against the Steelers that you had a little bit of trouble on third downs. I also noticed that when it was third and long you couldn't seem to stop them. Well, I was thinking about it, and maybe if you stopped running the same frickin' formation every time, they might not have been able to get 15 yards every third down. All I saw on those situations was dime and nickel, I’ve got another coin for you, it's called quarter, you use it when the other team needs allot of yards. Ooooh, that’s why Ben Roethlisberger was able to toss the ball off to receivers between the zone coverage. His second year in the NFL and he can already read your defensive front... Now, unfortunately the same strategy doesn't work for red zone and goal to go situations. Stop pushing all your men to the middle/back of the field, and run some plays to prevent the screen. Also I’m not sure which was worse, the two fumbles that you lost or the two interceptions, but maybe you should tell your guys to only give the ball to your guys. Because including your fourth down conversion screw up, you guys turned the ball over a solid 5 times. Good luck next year, and tell Mistake Jake to get a haircut.

Dear John Fox,
Good work on your valiant loss on Sunday, and send on my congratulations to your quarterback who managed a jaw dropping 1.7 quarterback ratting late in the 3rd. Before I wrote this article I had written one about all the mistakes you made running your offense--and defense; but unfortunately it wouldn't all fit on one page. This time I’ll try to summarize a little better: first off, you let up 27 first downs when you only moved the chain 11 times your way. You got one third down conversion--out of nine, and no fourth down conversions. You allowed Delhomme to throw a beautiful 3 int's and only one TD. You lost a fumble, and held onto the ball for less than 20 minutes (1/3 of the game). You rushed for a total of 36 yards and with the exception of the lucky touchdown run on special teams, you didn't score until the Seahawks had pulled all their starters in the fourth. Despite your despicable performance calling plays on the field, you did quite a good job calling Steve Smith off the field to calm down. Even though you didn't even take one red zone visit the entire game, I congratulate you on scoring on two freak end zone visits. So what if the Seahawks doubled your first downs, touchdowns, and your time of possession. Who cares if they more than quadrupled your rushing yards and third down conversions. All that matters is what you come out with at the end. That would be three interceptions and a loss by your very own Jake the Mistake.

6 Comments:

Blogger The Armchair Quarterback said...

The Panthers need to revanmp their offensive line. They haven't been able to run the ball all year. That will help Delhomme in the future. That and getting another receiver to compliment Smith. I agree though that both losing coaches didn't adjust very well to what was happening in the game.

24.1.06  
Blogger JD said...

Yea, but not adjusting is an understatement. When the Eagles had T.O., they couldn't run the ball, because they didn't have a good running back, and defenses always covered T.O. but they still made it to the super bowl. What I’m trying to say is that when smith is in triple coverage, there is going to be a guy open, and when smith is in triple coverage and they are sending a blitz, there is going to be 2 guys open. Run plays that gets smith away from the other receivers and find an open man. But what would I know?
-JD

24.1.06  
Blogger sneakyalien said...

The Panthers have added to their offensive line for the past two years, drafting two linemen in the past two drafts, and adding Mike Wahle. They just aren't the 'deep' team that they were. Since John Fox joined the Panthers they have done a pretty good job making adjustments, both in game and throughout a season, but against the Seahawks the Cats just fell on their faces. They were outmatched simply because the season had taken it's toll on them.

26.1.06  
Blogger JD said...

I don't believe that you can base the loss entirely on the offensive line. I think that it was completely a lack of good coaching and the ability to make adjustments during the game, and even during half time. The fact was that the Panthers came into the game with a single game plan, and that was to throw to Smith, and run the ball. Their defense was a catastrophe and when one of the best run-stoppers in the NFL not only stopped the running game, but also covered Smith, John Fox failed to perform as a coach, and let his team down. The fact is that when one player is getting covered like that there are hundreds of schemes that take advantage of a spread out coverage, and the Panthers didn't use one of them. I think it's time that organization just moved over and let me coach.
-JD

26.1.06  
Blogger Cutthroat Pirates said...

Jd,
I agree with you. When your best receiver is double, triple coveraged there should be another guy open. Even my bucs fell to this when Galloway was double covered, Clayton should have came up big but he failed to. I think coaches sometimes see only the big plays.

What was Shanahan thinking? He is a great coach, but it did not show during this past game. Oh well Cowher is also a great coach. Besides Gruden, Dungy, Cowher is also one of my favorite coaches.

27.1.06  
Blogger Cutthroat Pirates said...

Where you been jd?
Just to let you know, I have updated my blog. I will now be posting articles about all of the NFL not just the Bucs. However, Bucs are still main focus.
thanks

22.3.06  

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