Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
What's scary is that we're 3-0 and we have so many areas we can improve.
On defense, our outside linebackers haven't been getting sacks. They've been getting pressure but they could stand to get a few more sacks.
We looked human against the rush at times. But that was against Reggie Bush and Maurice Jones-Drew and we were able to take the ball out of their hands in other ways. We're only allowing 3.8 yards per rush at this point but if we get into a situation where we've got to stop the run against a good running back, we could have some issues.
We've gotten lucky with opponent receivers dropping balls against us or we might look worse against the pass than we do now.
On offense, we're not putting up pinball types of stats. Although we're 5th in Net Yards per Pass Attempt (which includes sack yardage), we really haven't thrown the ball that much OR tried to go long that much (except for the last game.) Our running game right now is a bit down and the yards per attempt isn't where I'd like it. We need to run more effectively against stacked boxes to close out the games.
That's actually a kind of a nice place to be.
The only phase that is scary is our Special Teams. We haven't gotten the production out of Holliday that we were expecting. We've gotten into a lot of long-field situations with the ball deep in our own territory... otoh, we've forced some turnovers and gotten some short fields, too.
But our ST needs to show up more. And we'll be tested on ST against the Titans.
Dinger for TNP's assertation.
The bolded is my contribution, but he beat me to it. Gotta do something to tighten up Coach Joe's teams. They haven't looked sharp at all to me. Granted, it's tough to follow on TV but the rusults aren't. I will say I think Merciles has been doing a pretty good job as has Braman.