Your dig on Neal, I was actually going to give hm props, I'm realistic, but I'm fair. That's by far the best that dude haslooked in the entire camp thus far.
Ty Williams, OMG, all I kept saying was we don't have a compliment starting CB to Woodson.
I'm not sure this guy is a starter at this point, he wasn't just bad, he was horrible!
I'm still concerned overall about this defense, I still think they give up huge plays in the passing game, and for a while there they couldn't get off the field. I was sitting there going, AS ADVERTISED "shoot out every week"!
I'm still not convinced that isn't an accurate assessment, we'll see. Overall my concern is still with the defense and primarily in the passing game and pass rush, though they did produce more push.
Also, Justin Harrell will be released, I thought he was probably on the bubble, now I just think he's going to be released at this point.
I also agree that Masthay will be the punter, but I think Bryan is the better holder IMO...
Masthay had a laces towards Crosby hold on an extra point last night, I didn't care for that, but to Masons credit he just drove it. That same thing on a FG would not have been good IMO..
Crosby is kicking really well righ now.
Also, I'm not sure anyone picked up on it, and I'm not sure Grant let on, but he was staggering agin last night. He's taken TWO HUGE head shots in as many games, and I'd bet serious money he was cuncussed again, he fumbled on the very next snap. The Packers kept him out there as much because they couldn't afford to have th league seeing that again, or he might have been in doubt for the opener, but IMO he was concussed again in that game. The Packers haven't said that, but I'd lay solid money on it....
Jackson dropping that rock was bad! And I'd have to say I think Lumpkin won that third spot last night, he's been pretty consistant in the last two games he's played in, and that screen pass run was fantastic..
There's no way you can't like the offense at this point, but they did this same thing last year in the preseason and then started 4 & 4...
We need to have that dominace all year long, and if they play at that level, I like our chances even without the stronger pass defense. I love TEams with Dominant Offenses, and the Packers apparently have one so far. Keep our fingers crossed that there are no more key injuries...
Good assessment Jay. I might have a thing or two to add.
~ It looks like we went a whole offseason and still have have Jordy returning kickoffs. I'm not sure if that's horrible...all he does is pop off a couple of 50 or 60 yarders once in a while and avg about 26 yards a return in the process. I was hoping for an upgrade, but oh well.
~ Love Crosby's kickoffs. And Masthay's, too. I still wish they had brought in a camp leg, but he didn't miss any FGs and even hit on the 51 yarder. Hopefully that is water under the dam. The way our offense looks Crosby and Masthay might look like the Maytag Repairmen this year.
~ Those stat predictions I tossed up here a couple of weeks ago about Rodgers? As ridiculous as they were I may have been underestimating.
~ Who was that cat who ran the punt in from 75 yards? Devon Chery? Nice effort, but he probably is a goner.
~ Why was the placement of the Refs such an issuer when the Colts had the ball, but wasn't anything when we did?
Dob... the Colts' offense is predicated on rushing the other teams up to the line and then running a play they weren't ready for. WE ... on the other hand ... take our time. We huddle and then walk up to the line with plenty of time left, look at the defense, make the reads and then play. HUGE difference.
I'm not so sure that at this point the Colts are the team that have dominated in years past. They now have to rely on what amounts to deception to beat other teams. They are still a very good team, but they don't have the weapons they once did. They gopt one pick-up for the RB position, but he took a hard hit and was a nothing.
I kind of got a kick out of seeing Peyton sitting on the sidelines and pouting. He has apparently become just ANOTHER NFL prima-donna QB.
Manning played 3 quarters and couldn't get it together.
Rodgers went out there, SCHOOLED the Colts and then sat down, letting Flynn handle what was left.
Putting the ball on the ground was a bad thing that has to be addressed. But overall, even the rookies lifted their game higher than I thought they could. We look like a better team than last season even without some of the starters. The biggest thing I saw was that AR had some solid OL protection which made a VAST difference.
There's a lot more .. but COME ON ... FIFTY NINE POINTS?
And that is WITHOUT our HC making an AZZ out of himself like a certain NY HC has!
No T ... we (at least me) are not actually saying that pre-season doesn't mean ANY-thing ... just that it doesn't seem to hold the same significance it did say 10-15 years ago. I think maybe it's because there's so many players coming into the draft as juniors out of college and not being at the same level, knowledge-wise? They need to be seen playing at full-speed, against NFL players to be fully graded.
I think if that's what you are doing, then as a HC you have to worry more about execution than production. And THAT takes the importance off the "winning" aspect. Every game is competitive, but let's face it ... winning every PS game doesn't get you to the playoffs.
Seemed to me that the Colts and Manning were trying to win like the game really meant something toward the season record - rather than learning what they have as a team.
The game was obviously being played too fast for some of their newer players to keep-up with, even WITH the rules change. And I can understand Manning being upset with that rules change, but you know what? He's done as well as he has all along just because the other teams could never seem to keep-up the pace he sets, not because he's actually all that great.
Over the years, plenty of other players have had to change the way they play because of rules changes in the past. It's just part of the game.
I thought we did OK ... not phenom or anything.
But they are looking at the execution of these guys. We have a lot of guys with potential and talent to evaluate who we'd like to keep and develop, but are going to lose. Don't want to get rid of the wrong guy!