Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. It’s a short week to Minnesota and I’ve already put the Bolts game behind me and I hope you did too. Sorry for delay this week getting this up since it’s Friday. Christmas with the kids and family and the snow shoveling and snow blowing took a little time. I hope you enjoyed the holiday and are looking forward to a New Year.
Yep, it was tough loss Monday night and I was a little shocked at the way we played. That was the first time Jay Cutler really got frustrated. Welcome to the NFL. There’s going to be games like that; it happens. Give credit where credit is due: the Bolts are a good football team.
To tell the truth, I enjoyed watching LT run the ball. Even when I was in the league, I marveled at Barry Sanders, Earl Campbell, Walter Payton and many others when we played them. Of course I didn’t want them to have a great game against us but I was still a fan of great athletic talent. When you play at that level you get up to play against those types of players.
The Bolts defense really brought the pass rush. The O-line was getting tested and that was the first time all year I saw both tackles “open the gate.” What that means is this: as they take a pass set they don’t keep pushing in a 45-degree angle as the rusher comes upfield and they drop their outside foot and that “opens the gate” and their protection collapses and the defender turns the corner on the QB. That in turn makes the QB feel the pressure off his shoulder and step up into the pocket.
I’ll say it again, inexperience and playing together will come and I’m really not worried. Footwork and pass sets can be corrected in films.
I’m headed to the game on Sunday and looking forward to seeing a good game. The Vikings have been playing well and will be another good test for our guys.
It’s been a tough Broncos Season and there’s a lot of uncertainty in the air. Who’s coming back, who’s not, who’s retiring, who’s going to punt? Let’s enjoy the last game of the year and worry about that in the offseason. It will all come out in the wash and then we can start getting ready for July.