Apparently I have become known as something of a pessimist, but I prefer to see it as a realist. I still think we have a good shot at doing something this year, and honestly believe we could have been 4-0 if we hadn't lost significant players to injury. Anyway, on to the Falcons game: The Run Problem #1. We weren't ready for the Falcons. We ran the ball at their right side every time but 2 or 3. When we went right, we got 2-3 yards a cary. When we went left, we got a 25 yard gain, a 5 yard gain, and a dropped toss that was fumbled out of bounds. I don't think Dayne is a very good running back. He hits the hole hard and runs straight ahead. If there isn't a hole, he doesnt get much. He can't create yards at all. If your run blocking has gone south like ours has with the loss of McKinney, someone like Dayne just isn't a big threat. Schaub I still think Schaub is superb. But now I know he's not a veteran. His clock management leaves a little to be desired. When you are down a lot with a little time left, you can't take the 3 yard completions over the middle. Maybe it was the playcalling, but you have to wait for a play near the sidelines at least a little down field. A 3 yard gain does you nothing. Same thing for that key first down on 4th where he tossed it for a 1 yard loss. Why even throw that ball? At least give yourself a chance and go for it yourself The refs Those early calls against the Texans really hurt us. 2 against Petey were highly questionable. We got some favors back in return later on, but those against us were pretty awful. The defense What do Joey Harrington and Mark Brunell have in common? They both will have played spectacular games against the Texans before being benched in a few weeks. We have always had a habit of making horrible QBs look like probowlers, and today was no different. When Joey doubles his career passer rating against us, something is wrong. We were getting no pressure, and when we did blitz, Harrington could see it coming every time. Again, we played soft coverages that gave up a lot of 5-8 yard gains which totally demoralizes, exhausts, and basically beats us. Anyway, we are still 2-2 and going into a winnable game. We've had our 2 best offensive weapons sidelined, and have still played in there. A loss to the Falcons is not as embarassing as it seems, as I said last week, they are a good team.