It is a cause of concern.. but im not ready to start passing judgement or claim that the sky is falling. It is true that we have played with less heart this year.. at least in road games. but really isnt that almost a staple of young teams? playing alot better at home than they do on the road. I think as the young guys have come into their own, they have stopped looking up to the veterans and started considering themselves NFL players. Unfortunatly, that means the only people they have to depend on to motivate themselves, is themselves. What im trying to get at is, we do not have a history of winning games.. we do not know how to win yet. That is having a negative impact on our "heart".. especially in away games when they dont have the home crowd to get them pumped up. Give it another season or two(hehe) and maybe we will see some of these guys learning how to win and becoming self motivated.
I think our performance during home games is alot better judge of our team than the away games. We just need to get that attitude that we can beat anyone anywhere and we are going to do it. Then maybe we can go on the road and come back from a deficit in a tough environment.
BTW.. I completely support our moves with the Oline. We are a young team still in the building stages.. no matter what anyone says. Changing to zone blocking NOW.. will give us a superior blocking scheme in the future when we are truely competing for the championship. OLinemen are intelligent.. you do not need a "specific" kind of olineman to use zone blocking.. all you need is time, practice, and no injuries.
Ya know.. this is kind of off topic. but since we obviously have a very deep receiving corp.. and do not necessarily NEED TEs that can catch. maybe we should sign a couple of TE Free Agents. Specifically.. maybe we should get a couple of one dimensional blocking TEs. Or, at least one more outside of bruenor. If we arent going to use them for receiving.. maybe we should just get the best run blocking TEs we can find. Then when Joppru comes back maybe we will have the total package.. if not.. in a couple seasons we can try drafting one again.