This is a team that hasn't scored a point yet this
year. In fact, the only thing positive about them is Buffalo Bulls kind of
sounds like Buffalo Bills, and at least they won this week. This is more of a
All that being said, it was a good game for the
Playing a lame duck may be good for the team, but for us fans it's really a no win situation. If your team plays well, it's no big deal because they were supposed to play well. If they don't play well, or God forbid, lose, then it's disastrous, and your entire image of the team goes to Hell.
Example: last year against
But this year,
Quarterbacks: Actually, on second thought, I'll save the bad news for a little later. It's always good to start with something positive. So…
Running Backs: Damien's pretty good. He's fast and bigger than he used to be. If he gets to the open field he's really dangerous, but there is still something about him that kind of freaks me out. I think it's a couple of things really:
1) I feel like he's trying to break that big play every down, and because he does that a lot of times he dances in the hole instead of putting his head down and getting three or four yards to make second and third downs more manageable. A slight caveat to that: when he has a lead blocker he hits the hole real hard. I don't know why that is, but don't fight it. Run some two back sets.
2) I'm not sure if Damien's teammates really like him or not. The guy is the best offensive player on the team and is a senior. Why wasn't he voted captain? There has to be a reason behind that. Also, when you speak to players and coaches about him, there is a second where you can kind of see them cringing in pain before they give their usual coach and player-speak answers about how well he played and what he brings to the team. Something fishy. By the way, if I hear Coach Robinson or another player tell me one more time that it's just about working hard, or getting back to work, or any other variation of the word work…I'm convinced my head is going to explode. I'll keep you updated.
Kareem Jones is going to be an absolute stud, and
maybe before the year is out. It's not just because he runs people over or has
played well in his limited role, actually that has little to do with it. It's
more about a moment that happened during post-game interviews of the
Offensive Line: This is the group that
scares the hell out of me, to be perfectly honest. The running backs' talents
aren't going to matter if they don't have any holes to run through like they
Now you will probably hear me say this 111,492
times this year, but the offensive line will make or break
Receivers: I'm probably more encouraged about this group than I should be. I
think they have some sufficient young talent: Bedle, Williams, Lobdell, and
Chestnut are all going to be fine. Rice Moss could be good, and
I think the problem for this unit is best summed up by a conversation I had with my talk show buddy Brent Axe. We were talking about the receivers and it occurred to me how rough it must be for Bruce Williams and Lavar Lobdell to make the move from high school to college and have a much worse quarterback throwing to them (they played with Gatorade Player of the Year and quarterback Greg Paulus at Christian Brothers Academy). In other words, and this doesn't totally absolve the receivers of blame, but you don't really know anything about the receivers until Patterson gets his act together.
Tight Ends: Ferron and Kowalewski look pretty descent, and I'm putting together a campaign to move the 6'8", 255 pound Alex Shor over to the basketball team. I can't trust Matt Gorman, I'm sorry. Look for the petition to hit your neighborhood soon. Again, same problem with this unit as the receivers: we don't know anything about them yet.
Kicker: This is obviously an
issue, since now Greg Robinson is talking about using a walk on for field goals.
Rick "the Kick" Krautman had better watch his back. I'm pulling for him though,
how funny is it to have a guy on the team with the nickname Rick the Kick? Think
of all the inappropriate names people will come up with that rhyme with Rick if
he misses a game winning field goal. At the very least, it would be
entertaining. In all seriousness though, at least one game every year comes down
to a field goal, and at this point I wouldn't put my money on
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I think that pretty much defines my thoughts about
What would have been better for his teammates and even the media to hear than him to come out and say "I played horrible this game, and take responsibility for that, but next week is going to be better, I can promise you that." If you were Patterson's teammate, wouldn't you think to yourself alright, let's go to work Perry. I personally think he was a mess after the game, and that's why he didn't show up. Either way, it doesn't bode well for his leadership skills.
The other scary thing was this week against
Alright, there are some positives here, four ways Perry could prove me wrong:
1) He could be struggling to learn the system because he definitely wasn't this bad last year. Once he gets more comfortable within the system, he will improve
2) He could be better than he was last year, and have the worst case of starting jitters ever that will eventually fade away.
3) Perry could become a system quarterback, a Trent Dilfer, Kyle Boller kind of guy that tries not to screw up and let's the defense and running game carry the team.
Donovan McNabb gets fed up with Terrell Owens and
decides he's going to go back to his glory days at
I see number three as the most realistic, although the offensive line needs to improve for that to happen. I'm still hoping for #4 though, and after last night's game against the Falcons, who knows?
Ok, don't get too depressed, the defense and coaching report cards are coming tomorrow. They're much better, I promise. See you then…