I didn't know that we had allowed you to step off. Security!
Secondary is still a concern for the short term, and I'm looking at all the FA for next year that need to be re-signed for the long term. The 2nd team defense let Brady and Welker score...I loved how the analysts were all loving that play without taking into consideration that Schwartz had pulled all the starters Even so, even the 2nd string Secondary should know to not to let the WR go completely open in the middle of the field. That had the earmarks of the backup LBs messing up. Many peoples were out of position. Looked like some basic miscommunication...and the D-line wasn't putting pressure on, so...
I'm not as concerned about the running game as most people, I guess. Raiola is a screen OC not a power pig, and they now have Jahvid Best, Aaron Brown and (maybe) Jerome Harrison who are game changing perimeter players. Mikel LeShoure would have given them some power up the middle and it was disappointing that he got hurt...but I think Maurice Morris will be used extensively this year (because he's a complete RB) and they'll be a lot better in the regular season than they've shown this preseason. The screen and flat passes to the RBs are long hand-offs and should be considered part of the running game.
Also, it was nice to see the full complement of O-line playing together for once. I still don't like Gosder Cherilus because he just seems to make too many stupid mistakes and he shouldn't be doing that anymore. I know the backup OGs are still a concern for Schwartz, but I think they are going to be okay on the o-line. I used to think WR M. Stovall was just too slow, but I think he makes a nice target and shows some nice body control using his body to stack and shield well. It was also good to see Titus Young make a play...kind of forgot what he looked like on the field. (I converted my eldest son into a Young fan last year during the college season ... so he was whooping it up last night.)
Anyway, I love me some defense...but it's good to see the offense clicking so well, too. It was good to see Robert Kraft give the Fords and Schwartz credit last night. What a class act! The announcers on the other hand are same old, same old. I was hoping a second string announcer would come and challenge for a starting position...no more Dierdorf (husband was soooooo sick of him) and Gumble, please. Despite that announcing performance, when I was checking out other games, the buzz was about what the Lions had done to New England. Feels good to be a Lion fan today.
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