Sigh of Relief
What Relief for everyone! The coaches, the team, the fans. If you lose that game you have a LONG plane ride home for the team and long week for the fans. Winning cures so much in these situations. Granted we played what was probably the worst team in the league right now. Their defense was decimated by injuries and they had a rookie QB. But wow did we need to play them right now. Suddenly all the agony from the last two weeks has faded for everyone. Now the team is 2-2 along with losses by the Bills and Jets. We are going to get a whole pile of players back. Jones, Pouncey, Misi, Turner, Shelly Smith, Randy Starks, maybe even Moreno. We are right back in it now should be interesting to watch the moves in the coming week. Here are my quick take away after watching the game.
1.) I see some light at the end of the tunnel for our linebackers. Jenkins is getting better rapidly. I think he is already an upgrade over Ellerbe as he is clearly our fastest LB. Every game he looks more comfortable. Misi, Jenkins and Wheeler brings the team back to serviceable linebackers. After going through a brutal stretch of injuries at that position
2.) Tannehill is our QB people. He has the hard part down on reading defenses and knowing where to go. Moving in the pocket, timing and accuracy have been his issues. Those will get better and better the more he plays.
3.) Will Davis needs to get better. He looked like he took a couple of plays off when the Raiders scored on him. With Jones coming back look for Wilson to take the slot back over from him. Davis and Taylor both have a long ways to go before they are able to take over for Grimes and Finnegan.
4.) We saw Lazor use his offense in the first half. People were shifting all over the place. He moved Tannehill all over and the Raiders had no answer. A QB moving around and running puts a TON of pressure on the linebackers. That makes life much easier for Charles Clay and Lamar Miller. I also loved the way he used Wallace. He went back to the basics in the 2nd half as he should have since we already had the game in hand.
5.) Even though it converted I am still very against our short yardage plays. When you put Tannehill in the shotgun it allows the DLine to penetrate gaps since they are not worried about the QB sneak. Fortunately, the Raiders were poorly coached and overplayed the center so Miller could run around the outside. That play was literally a foot to go.
6.) We need to focus on protecting the ball better. Miller’s fumble into the endzone would have been a killer in most games as would have Landry’s fumble on a punt return.
7.) Following Twitter it really seemed like the players had an amazing experience in England. It was just what they needed to get away from the all the controversy swirling in the media