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Nice write up
I keep laughing at my wife when we lose a game and she gets upset. "It's ok, we have Griffin. That's what this season is about". I don't think she's been a fan long enough for that to have the same meaning it does to the rest of us...
Ability to handle a loss the way a leader should: Check.
Yeah...I found myself in another fit this past Sunday as we let the lead go late in the 4th. However, like others have stated, I felt some confidence that Griff would put us in a position to win it. I found myself feeling the same thing against the Rams, hoping Shanahan would let the kid try to pick up the 4th and long. I can't say the same for Cundiff as they lined up for the kick this past week though.
I do want to say the only thing I disagree with is the accuracy on the long ball. He hit Hankerson on the one bomb that was a thing of beauty, but he has missed terribly on a number of others (Not counting the Garcon TD as a long pass, it was a 12 yard pattern). If it weren't for a couple of pass interference calls in our favor and the Garcon call this past weekend, the stats would show more incompletions on the long ball.
Great write up Goal, glad to know we have a QB we all feel comfortable with. He is special and not in a fruity beer kinda way either.
I try not to think about the dumb mistakes they've made to lose games, but that one really hurt. Although, I will say Shanahan's decision to put the game on Cundiff's foot from 62-yards out (or 47-yards, to be honest) was a real head-scratcher as well. I'd MUCH rather have seen Griffin with the game in his hands in that situation, but maybe Shanahan was trying not to give the rookie too much too early? I don't know.
I DO know that watching Grossman with the game on the line last year, I just KNEW he was going to do something stupid to mess it up and lose the game. I had zero confidence. With Griffin, its pretty much the exact opposite of that, which is why I was furious that Shanahan settled for a 62-yard field goal that everyone (including probably Cundiff) knew had about a 10% chance of going in.
EDIT: The more I think about it, the more I think the 15-yard penalty was a blessing in disguise, a chance for Griffin to win the game on his own, that Shanahan passed up. Because chances are, Cundiff misses from 47 also, but that's a much more "makeable" field goal than 62-yards.
No one can stop talking about him. He is simply amazing. Today would be a great chance to get that first home win. Get that dubious losing streak out of the way and he has cleared another barrier. And it's great football weather out there too.
As we enjoy today's conversations, let's remember our dear friends 'Docsandy', Sandy Zier-Teitler, and 'Posse Lover', Michael Huffman, who would dearly love to be here with us today! We love and miss you guys