One of the downsides of starting of 6-0 is that we tend to forget we have a rookie head coach, and that this really is a very young football team. Opposing coaches now have an idea what McD will throw at them, they have the experiance to counter it. McD is now entering the sharpest part of his learning curve, he will be responding to and anticipating their reactions. In brutal game situations he now has film on all of our players, each of our units. It appeared that at some point just about everyone on the feild made a mistake, this happens probably every game. The difference is now every player on the practice feild will now be coached on those specific mistakes, and will have the pain of this loss to motivate them beyond the error.
I bet I was not the only one thinking in the back of his head during the fourth quarter just how nice it would be to have a cannon arm QB taking snaps. One particular one comes to mind .... but the outcome would not have been any better. The cold hard fact of the matter is we got out played physically. Their game plan was not better, their play calling was not any better, and their QB play was not better. What was better is that they executed what they planned on doing by being more physical than their Denver opponents .... period. I have read the comments of one particular member of this group ... he seems to delight in the demise of KO. He must be a fan of the Pick 6, owing his allegiance to Mr Cutler of Chicago and berating Orton for not going deep. Well, he who shall not be named, the league's BEST O Line got figured out and exploited Sunday, leaving KO with about 2 seconds to locate a receiver and deliver the ball. Long routes don't develop that fast. But ohhhhh, Mr. Reed was sure wishing KO would do his best Cutler imitation. The fact of the matter is that when you lose the battle up front no one is going to look good.
The unit that failed worst is the much vaunted O line. Dennison and McD will reevaluate everything with the big guys. I would like to see more of a return to the zone blocking scheme with a rolling pocket. Denvers use of this in the past tended to reduce the vulnerablity to the blitz and slowed down the pass rush by exploiting the agressiveness of the defense. Dennison and our O line already know this scheme and are expert at it, now McD needs to figure out how to incorporate that into his offense.
Unlike many I am not overly upset with the D. Yes, lots of mistakes were made on that side of the ball also. There were also a lot of really good plays, traps, sacks and passes defended. We were playing a very explosive and highly motivated team in their house. Neither the Offense nor the specials teams did much to help the D. I did not see a D that gave up in the 4th, I saw a D that played desperate in the 4th and gave up plays in an attempt to change the dynamic.
We were tested by fire yesterday. We did not look too good - but then we really did not look that bad either. We now know one way to not win a football game to use Edison logic. The next team will have to find a different way to beat us - there are probably 10,000 ways to beat the Broncos, but there are 100,000 ways the Broncos will beat you.
Final note: I am running to Walmart to buy a new set of cleats - next week will be notable for the first start of the NFLs oldest rookie - even I can punt better than that new fool!