One minor quibble, Mike. I want to see what Rex does DURING a loss.wow..circumspect. thats a whole new word to me. well played.
as for rex, I agree with you guys. I think we could see a new Rex that is poised and confident yet not arrogant. But I want to see what he does after a loss.
I am never satisfied, so...Can he keep replicating that performance - dunno. We're going to find out. It would be nice if we showed an effective running game so he didn't have to do it all himself.
G. we do have some information on how Grossman plays, under the Shanahans' system when winning as opposed to when losing-last season.One minor quibble, Mike. I want to see what Rex does DURING a loss.
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My compliments, sir, on your restraint although the temptation must have been fierceI won't fall for this bait!!!
I thought there was at least once we tried to set up the screen, but the blitz came too fast. I might be wrong though; I'd have to go back and review the game.One thing that's stuck in my craw since Kyle S. took over playcalling here is his apparent disdain for the screen to beat the blitz. At least 3-4 times a game we see the perfect setup for it---3rd and 8, stacked front, etc.---and he still has his QB drop 5 or 7 steps and set up to throw downfield. I would LOVE to see us every once in a while have the same "oh ****" screen called against the blitz that we see other teams do against us week in and week out.
Minor quibble in an otherwise pretty cool week though.
This is why it is vital that we continue to stick with the run even if it doesn't get us a ton of yards. Last week with Hightower getting stuffed repeatedly early on I was afraid that we would abandon the run and put the game in Grossman's hands (I'm guessing that was NY's plan) but we kept a nice run/pass balance, which kept the pressure off the passing game.Here are some more Grossman stats courtesy of Rich Campbell:
Rex vs 4 or fewer NYG pass rushers: 15-of-22, 221 yds, 1 TD, 1 sack.
Rex vs the blitz: 6-of-12, 84 yds, 3 sacks, 1 fumble, 1 TD
I think we'll see a LOT of blitzes from the Cardinals; if Rex can adjust and get off quick-passes, Santana & Gaffney should have HUGE days on the quick slant. If he can't, it might get ugly.
Agree, but Arizona did a fantastic job shutting down DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart. Hopefully they have more trouble with the ZBS & Hightower.This is why it is vital that we continue to stick with the run even if it doesn't get us a ton of yards. Last week with Hightower getting stuffed repeatedly early on I was afraid that we would abandon the run and put the game in Grossman's hands (I'm guessing that was NY's plan) but we kept a nice run/pass balance, which kept the pressure off the passing game.
We have to keep doing that. Rather than hoping Rex suddenly learns to cope with blitzes, we should plan on jamming the ball down AZ's throat.