Wow, tough game yesterday. The Playoffs really started three weeks ago with Carolina. I mentioned that then and would have before the Bills game, had I been in the country.
I didn’t see any of last weeks game against the Bills while in Mexico so I didn’t blog, sorry. It’s a little tough to get the internet down there in some of the remote locations and very expensive in others. It probably didn’t really matter with the Bolts being the end game for all the marbles. Turnovers and defense were the tell-tale here. Some folks that I’ve talked to today turned the game off after the third quarter. I didn’t because we have the ability to strike quick but couldn’t hold off the Bolts running game.
Tough season with all the injuries — as I’ve said all along. No excuses, they had a shot, and as a young group just couldn’t pull it together. There will be a lot of finger pointing going on and the papers already started this morning, saying the loss will be carried around by the players for years to come. The headline was about losing first place after being up by three games. In a season or two no one will remember that and who really cares. We didn’t make the Playoffs regardless of how it happened. That’s just junk to sell papers.
In 1985 we didn’t make the Playoffs at 11-5. I actually forgot that myself until I read it today. Stuff happens and my quote of “Good teams become mediocre fast with injuries”, stills stands. The Bolts are getting healthy and getting in the groove here at the right time and were the better team, hands down.
I’m hoping we can find some pass-rushing D-lineman in the draft or on the market because pressure on the QB is what will take the pressure off our secondary. I’m sure folks will jump all over Champ and Dre’, but you and I (not really) could stand back there if we had all day to pass the ball to crossing routes, eventually any receiver will get open. Champ is probably 65-85 percent healthy because groin injuries don’t heal well in a season. So I’m not the guy that singles folks out because at that level you can sometimes get by at 75 percent healthy, but not at the speed positions, I don’t care who you are.
I like what we have on offense and with a few moves on defense, I’m already excited about next year and I know you are too. Sure we’ll all have to pick a new favorite for the Playoffs, so we might as well start now.