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27 Sep 2009
Posted by: andrew on 27 Sep 2009
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29 Sep 2009, 4:56pm by
That was amazing by Favre. I was a critic of his coming back. I stand corrected.
That's up there with any of his great combacks.
Here comes my rant on the MIN-SFO game:
1) Dre Bly needs to hold on to that interception for a pick-6 and put the game away on Minnesota's next to last drive. Favre got away with so many bad throws with only one INT.
2) Running three times into the line. At least run a PA fake bootleg on one of them. Even Detroit threw downfield to burn the clock.
3) Rush the passer on the last drive! Favre had forever to throw on the last drive. SF had been doing a wonderful job bringing pressure and on the last drive they just let him sit back and move the team down the field.
That is all for now. I'm still fuming from the loss. I'd also like to address a non-predictable play vs. a lucky play later (re. the SF FG block).
It has often been said that Favre will serve up 3 picks a game - if the defenders can catch them...
It's the end of the game. How can SF not have 7 guys in the end zone?
The play actually started earlier, Favre ran around for about 10 seconds.
What's the key to the new broncos D success?? holding opponents to 7, 6, 3 points in games 1, 2, 3... sure, the wins were against easier opponents, but then bengals just beat the steelers (the STEELERS) by putting up 20+ points (and 31 on the packers in wk 2), the Raiders put 20 points on the Chargers in wk 1, and the browns put up 20 points on the Vikings in wk 1... all teams with "better" defenses according to preseason predictions. What's the secret, and the answer can't be "easy opponents" based on the results of the other games by those opponents.
Basically the success of the transition from 4-3 to 3-4. The 4-3 that was in place was easily exploited and not effective. Elvis Dumervil has 6 sacks in two weeks so the amount of pressure being put on the qb is obviously having an effect.
Hold the horses there, hoss - Cleveland and Oakland are both pretty woeful teams by anyone's measure. The win against Cincy occurred because of one of the flukier plays in recent memory. The Steelers are clearly not the team we expected them to be, especially defensively without Polamalu, so to gauge Cincy's strength (and thus that of the Broncos) on that win seems a bit suspect. Let's see what Denver can do as a 3 point home dog to Dallas Sunday...
Here's a theory regarding the surprising performance of certain defenses: defensive headsets. That only started last year, but my thinking is that defensive coordinators took a year to figure out what to do with them. Now, defensive coaching can have a bigger impact in-game, since the DC can broadcast detailed schemes and plays directly into the skull of the defensive captain. I figure that matters for the 49ers, Broncos, Packers, and Jets at minimum.
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