By John Waynesworld
We are who we thought we were!
(Now we have to figure out if that’s a good thing)
Coming back from our west coast trip the team had some real confidence (even in a loss), only to wet the bed against a bipolar Chargers team. Still, our home loss following a successful road trip was widely and mysteriously excused by pundits as a fluke.
The Falcons did bounce back against an undermanned Green Bay squad and the happiness continued the following week when our guys wiped the field with Tampa Bay Bucs’ jerseys. We were dining with the heavy weights of the NFL rankings, being compared to the greatest show on turf…..whoa Nelly!
Although our team has been acting like a gold plated yo-yo, things are still looking optimistic and as fans we have already thought about the possibility of making the playoffs. The problem is we are confronted by the blinding light of a reality…that without a consistent defense this team will be fortunate to make the playoffs.
The Eagles loss left a not-so-mysterious clue for other teams to follow, of how to beat the supposed best offense in the NFL. It’s pretty straight forward actually, just try to keep Ryan & company on the bench by slow-bleeding our defense. All that takes is to have a DECENT offensive line and a QB who can connect with RBs and receivers in the short passing game…our nagging, never-ending, victory-killing Achilles heel.
Hopefully our D can gel in a hurry and take a winning streak into the playoffs but this defensive roster still lacks a few pieces on every level. Perhaps in the next Draft, the ironic Tom Dimitroff can take credit when Quinn conjures up some more demons for our defense, something he should have been doing for the past several years. They will have to strike gold again in next year’s Draft, as 6 of our 10 LBs will be Free Agents in 2017, not to mention the DL.
In the meantime, our guys get a rest for a while, while watching other teams wear themselves out. Hopefully when the Cardinals show up in 2 weeks they will still be tuckered out from their previous game played at the Vikings. We can hope, right?
What do YOU think?