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Old 10-11-2009   #1
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Default Asides from going 2-3, the Cardinals taught us...

The loss to the Cardinals is a big blow, but by heck, what a game, and what a second half performance. This game showed us a lot about our players here, and I think there is a lot to take out of this game.

Firstly Steve Slaton, is in no way broken, fat, slow, lazy, or anything else that has been levied against him since the end of last season. His bursts to the outsides were awesome today, and one little cut in the 3rd had his would be tackler on his butt, looking back at '20' off making a 20 yard gain.

Secondly, our defense is not useless. They played damn well for most of the game. They gave up 21 points against an offense that was a major contributor to getting to a Superbowl. Having Reeves back was freaking great...we've sure missed him. The linebackers were great, again as well, sniffing out their run very very well. We got pressure on Kurt as the game went on. Great play by Cushing for the half a sack, he is looking more like ROTY material every week.

Thirdly, our ST is just as sick as we thought it was. AD averaged 29 yards, and busted that huge one late on to give us a great shot at leveling the game. Jacoby, was flawless today, has some good returns, and left alone what he didn't need to touch.

Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, never stop watching at any point of the game out of protest. Has the Indy or Titans games not taught anyone a thing? Moaning and yelling for coaches heads during the game is fine, but at least see it out. Very rarely has this team produced a game in recent times that you could give up on.

Fifthly, we have got to sort out our playcalling on 3rd/4th and short. Running Slaton between the gaps in the o-line will not cut it with our personnel up front. It'd be sweet if it did, but it doesn't, and we need to work around that. I don't care if its play actions, and sending Slaton and Vonta running routes to the sidelines and getting a low risk pass situation going, but I'm getting bored of seeing us clearly not getting the yardage. Its either one extreme or the other (i.e. boring and conservative, or just plain ridiculous, throwing deep to AJ, and OD I think it was late on on 3rd and goal).

Objectively, lets look at it this way. We went to a Superbowl loser from last year, to their place, which is a darned loud covered stadium, and we went toe to toe with them, and lost out by inches. Yes those 3 inches matter, but we did a great job of battling, not giving up and coming up with some outstanding stuff (AJ's 2nd TD was just unreal!). We could have been 'spineless' like the Jags who gave up and lost nearly 50-0 away from home. We didn't, and I'm still rooting for this team to get a winning record this season.

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The Cardinals taught us that we're just another 8-8/9-7 who will be staying home this postseason.
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The Cardinals taught us that we're just another 8-8/9-7 who will be staying home this postseason.
yep...no chance this team is going to the playoffs.
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The Cardinals taught us that we're just another 8-8/9-7 who will be staying home this postseason.
QFT brutha.

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Umm.......actually Jacksonville taught us that. Arizona just reaffirmed it.
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Umm.......actually Jacksonville taught us that. Arizona just reaffirmed it.
This is true.
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yep...no chance this team is going to the playoffs.
We can't just expect this team to go from mediocre to great with the snap of a finger. Reallistically we need to add another playmaker or two in our defense, and some more size on our O line. We also need a back who can get us some tough yards. We have seen a HUGE improvement in our defense from week one, and this team is definately on the right track. I don't always love our play calling, or decision making, but I love how we don't give up. We as fans should follow suit and continue to back our team. I want playoffs as much as anybody, but the most important thing is that we continue to improve. I think despite losing this game, we showed improvement today.
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cards taught us that when the game is on the line, the Texans can't get it done. Oh yeah, we already knew that.
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Default Re: Asides from going 2-3, the Cardinals taught us...

Yeah, we hung with the Super Bowl loser, but does anyone on this planet really think the Cards were the 2nd best team in the league last year? They got hot for a 3 game stretch in the playoffs after backing their way into the playoffs with a 9-7 record from a pretty bad division. They were 6-0 in that division by the way. Besides, even if they were a great team, aren't we past the point of getting moral victories? Almost winning still looks the same when you look at the standings. It's a 1 in the L column. I guess a tie could be almost winning, but in the Texans case, it's an L. There are things to be happy with for sure. Unfortunately, the things to be unhappy with are the same things from week to week that don't get fixed.
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I'm tired of look at it this way or look at it that way. Tired of trying to pull all the positives out of a loss. Just win already.
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We can't just expect this team to go from mediocre to great with the snap of a finger. Reallistically we need to add another playmaker or two in our defense, and some more size on our O line. We also need a back who can get us some tough yards. We have seen a HUGE improvement in our defense from week one, and this team is definately on the right track. I don't always love our play calling, or decision making, but I love how we don't give up. We as fans should follow suit and continue to back our team. I want playoffs as much as anybody, but the most important thing is that we continue to improve. I think despite losing this game, we showed improvement today.
You're so right!

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