One game at a time. Flacco has turn the ball over twice the last three games. That's a problem that needs to be corrected right away. A 5th year slump is happening for flacco. Defense is beat up but played tough the first half (especially being on the field soo long). It is what it is and time will tell what happens in the off season.It's only football and after the shootings this past week, football ranks very low on my concerns.
When we get Pollard, Ray, Ellerbe, McClain, Yanda, and Dickson back then I'll take our chances... We're really hurt right now.. The only team that looks awesome right now is New England.. Maybe we'll get hot in the next few weeks... It's not like crazier things haven't happened
Even on the pick he threw the only guy I saw hauling ass up the field to make a play was Joe. Not excusing the pick, just saying Joe is a NFL QB and even if he does not demonstrably show his frustration and anger, I am reasonably sure he is competitive.
Funny thing, watching this Steelers game I'm already thinking about next season in my head. The Ravens look like they are gonna get booted straight out of the playoffs, or at best 1 and done. If they win the Div they'll have bottom half of the round draft picks and a 1st place schedule next year to show for it. There's a tiny percentage of me hoping that the Steelers take the North... But it is a tiny percentage, because fuck it, winning the north is winning the North.
Eli was terrible today and many think he is better than Joe and I disagree, its just that he has 2 Superbowl wins and many think that alone makes him better.
I really don't know, its just a feeling I have about him, give him that one more year under a new system and some O line help and we shall see.
Well, considering we are reasonably sure we are making the playoffs, I say where we go from here is experimentation; so to speak. It's time to put Oher back to RT where he belongs, move KO to guard and sit Jah Reid's ass down, and put McKinnie in at LT. I don't care what the media says anymore about what they THINK about him. It's time to solve the OL problem.
It's time to stop treating Anquan Boldin like a #1 WR. Put him in the slot and let him work that part of the field. And get Doss on the field with Jones more as well.
Caldwell should take the next two days, go through the entire playbook, all 2 pages of it (yes I'm being sarcastic here), and figure out ways to get receivers into the middle of the field more often than garbage time.
Just for starters.
1- Make the FO decision to get back to the AFCCG in 2014, not 2013. I think we need to step back a bit (see #2 below) before we move forward.
2 - If Jim doesn't win the job (and maybe it looks that way), get an innovative OC in here. WCO based system with an H-back would be my preference.
3 - Dump as much salary possible this winter. I'm looking at each of the elder players here. Just rip the bandaid right the hell off and keep it moving.
4 - Look at mid-tier FAs as usual. No splashes please.
5 - Be bold and aggressive in both 2013 and 2014 drafts. We have 11 picks this spring, we need to get max value.
I'm not sure what to do about Joe, but I'm intrigued by Teddy Bridgewater in 2014.
I'm not sure what to do about Harbs. Ask again in three weeks.
In the playoffs you're not gonna get those great 1st and 2nd down runs all the time, so we definitely need to experiment on some quick hitters that work. Today we saw them try the quick wheel route (which has missed every time now in the past couple weeks), and they threw the slants with Doss, that looks like it has some promise. The other thing is on the max protection routes, Joe misses most of the long throws too. It really is a vexing problem because he's most comfortable throwing in the seams, and thats the one thing defenses are taking away from him. Whatever happened to the Flacco that owned the sideline routes? I dunno. Yeah we definitely need to retool this OL on the fly and go power, and hand the keys to Rice and Pierce. Really that should have always been the gameplan.