NASSIB MADE A PLAY! NASSIB MADE A PLAY!
Not really much surprising here. Ok one thing - Andrews fell about 200 yards and 2 TD short of my projection.
Defense was awful in spots. But those spots are much smaller and they are surrounded by ... g ... I can't say it. They were surrounded by some not awful spots. Ok some good spots. One or two great spots. I SAID IT - GREAT - DEAL WITH IT.
Huge progress. Pass rush happened. Ngakue is real and he's freed Maxx as a result. Crobsy keeps growing as a player. I read something this offseason about his metrics and they were pretty elite athletically, we're seeing that manifest on the field. I thought he was kind of a nice effort guy that wasn't really elite but he's really breaking past being just a try-hard. Hope that continues.
Hayward was a huge signing. He was all over the place plus he put a liability on the bench - that's a double win. Moehring was exactly what we wanted him to be - not overly involved because you don't want your last line of defense overly involved. BAL didn't get it downfield so he didn't have any chances to show what he's got but that's just fine by me for now. Arnette was a very good college player and I'm not convinced he's toast yet so I hope they find a role for him or get him progressing.
The LB's are bad. Kwiatkowski can't even get on the field over Perryman ffs and Littleton cost us that touchdown being badly out of position on the TD run and whiffed a number of other plays. Wright had some nice plays but looked rusty at times too.
I love how the D was run. It's a meritocracy and if you don't earn it you don't play and Gus don't give a crap about your draft status (Ferrel, Arnette, Muse), your contract (Kwiatkowski) or anything else other than your play on the field. We're not there talent wise yet and benching/cutting the early draft picks won't be sustainable but for now it's progress and I'll take it.
Carr was Carr - took some terrible sacks and deathly afraid to throw to a WR but got away with it because of the massive animal Waller is. If Carr would just get some balls he's got the tools to be elite, we know this from 2014, and he's got some other guys that can be weapons. He's gotta get over whatever the block is. Those final drives were money once he had to but we were lucky to get the chances we got. Let's not be in that position next time?
Coaching was bad and I'm pretty much souring on Gruden. Not having the PK ready to go on the field in OT? C'mon that's high school level preparation. At least they didn't try to rush the kick and botch it. Dumb #### Urban Meyer did that against Penn State in 2016 in ####ty weather and it got blocked and returned for a TD. As this was unwinding in front of me I was screaming at my dog to sprint out to Vegas and tackle the snapper.
Why the #### is Carr doing a hard count on the 2 inch line? Nothing good for the O can happen there. The blame goes to Leatherwood but it never should have been in play at all. Speaking of the rook he had a good game overall - high profile penalty and sack given up made for exaggerated optics but he's a mauler and did well overall.
Why the #### is Willie freaking Snead in the game in OT? First of all why is he even on the roster, but why in the name of doggo is he in there? And why must Carr throw a blazing fastball to him when he's 12 feet away? Everyone is to blame for that one. A fade to Edwards, a jump ball for Waller, if you're going to run the slant run it with a guy that belongs in the NFL. That's partially on Gruden too.