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Old 09-22-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Red Zone D, and other positive notes

There are enough negative threads, please use those first for venting.

Personally, I think our Red Zone D ought to be getting humongous raves by the fans and Skins Nation. They stuffed the Giants twice inside the 10 yard line. Forced a fumble late in the Rams game. And generally said no way to opponents when the tried to get in. And this is when they are still "gelling".

Come on guys there have to be other positive notes that you want to praise the team for.

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Old 09-22-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

true. I am still concerned w/D. Hall's play, but at the same time, defending the fade against a taller wr is tough for any cb. I also think that both Eli & Bulger were deadly accurate against us. Coverage in the rams game was good, but the ball was usually on the money.

The pass rush isn't there yet, but sunday we saw it come to life a bit. Should be better as the season goes & Rak feels his way.

Speaking of which, his p. foul call was the biggest momentum buster IMO. If that fumble stands (great play by Rocky btw), the game could've gotten away from the rams easily.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

We moved the ball offensively utilizing multiple weapons from the 20 to the 20. That was kind of nice to see

Hunter Smith..nuff said
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:38 PM   #4
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

Positives:

AH has had 2 real good games in a row. He's clogging up the middle and he's blowing up alot of run plays.

LF is the man. He's truly one of the great MLB in the NFL.

JC looks real accurate thru 2 games.

Cooley has had 2 great games.

Rocky Mac seems to be playing well. Now, if he can avoid the injury bug.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

Hunter Smith may have been our best offseason pickup.

The defense could be better between the 20's. But, yes, we are tough as nails in the red zone.

I really like how the offense has moved between the 20's. We have a pretty dynamic offense for the most part. We just have to get over the red zone hump.

Suisham, so far, has not been too bad.

Perhaps best of all: we've gotten younger yet we are still competitive.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:46 PM   #6
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

Ok, I'll play:

-Agreed about the red zone D. Looks rock solid.
-Rocky McIntosh is playing really well from what I can see.
-Malcolm Kelly looks like he's getting more involved every week (4 catches for 40 yards, and as many targets - 6 - as Moss and ARE)
-Chris Cooley is a monster
-Very nice run-pass balance vs. St. Louis - 33 runs, 36 passes
-held St. Louis to 3 rushing 1st downs all game
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

The O-Line has been giving Campbell time.

The Red-zone D is shut down good.

Hunter Smith - "championship!!"

AH is playing great and looking scary mean (Really - everytime they show a close up of the guy, it looks like he just wants to hurt someone and not in a nice way.)

Yeah Captain Chaos!

Wow, Randle-el does make a great slot receiver.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:18 PM   #8
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At least our punter has been great
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #9
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

We have 14 games left and we have nowhere but up to go on offense.
I like what Malcolm Kelly is doing as a #2, love Randle El as the slot receiver. The pass protection has looked IMO excellent. The defense is looking hard as nails and they are punishing opponents. NFC EAST!!!
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I agree with everything posted. It just goes to show there are positives. Given time, I expect we'll be talking about alot more. Mitchell will get more involved, Jarmon is turning out to be a good pick. Look at our DE situation compared to last year. Cooley didn't catch 1 TD pass from JC all last year and he already has one and is on pace to have his best year yet. Campbell definitely looks more determined and in control. We just added Alridge to the roster and got the kind of speed we've been looking for. The infusion of youth is what really excites me. We've needed it.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:36 PM   #11
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

The defense has lots of positive stuff happening:

*Already very stingy when the field gets compressed
*Guys like Rocky, Horton, Griff, and London (bigtime) are just making huge plays for us
*Albert is a monster
*Clearly the defense is stilling gelling together so I can confidently say we should see more every week, almost regardless of Blache's mistakes, but if Blache also begins to dial it in scheme wise this will be the best defense we've had in forever
*All of the above was accomplished w/ little contribution from Orakpo, which means if he can really start to settle in at SLB, reading offenses and getting comfortable in space, we'll have another big boost to the group.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:44 PM   #12
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

We finally have balance on both sides of the line.

We don't have just one decent receiver, we have Malcolm Kelly, who must be respected and covered.

We have Orakpo AND Albert who can't be ignored.

Our punter is huge.

Our O-line is giving that extra second to set up the play they need.

The elements are coming together.

This post is only for positives (nice thought, that) and those are some I see.
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

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We finally have balance on both sides of the line.

We don't have just one decent receiver, we have Malcolm Kelly, who must be respected and covered.

We have Orakpo AND Albert who can't be ignored.

Our punter is huge.

Our O-line is giving that extra second to set up the play they need.

The elements are coming together.

This post is only for positives (nice thought, that) and those are some I see.
Correction: Our punter last year was huge, Hunter is just very good
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Re: Red Zone D, and other positive notes

Randle El in the slot is a revelation - should have been there all along. Malcolm Kelly is about to break out if we just try getting him the ball.
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Randle El in the slot is a revelation - should have been there all along. Malcolm Kelly is about to break out if we just try getting him the ball.
Agreed. I can see a big performance by him in Detroit.
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