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Old 09-20-2005, 03:39 PM   #31
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Re: Realistic "State of the Skins"

I think Brunnell actually had some very nice passes other than the 2 TDs. The scramble throw to Moss on the sidelines was a thing of beauty--they show it from the "sky cam" view--a perfect throw on the move. And he hit some nice third down pickups to Thrash, one to Cooley on the move, another to Moss. Remember--he got sacked FIVE times and hit a bunch more. Sometimes you don't have time to get it downfield.

As for Taylor, I disagree as well--Roy got smoked on two late plays with the D in prevent. Wha? He had some nice blitzes. Fine, mostly unblocked. One was a friggin horsecollar. He's stout against the run. But he's vulnerable deep, and this is not the first time he's shown it (though this may be the most obvious case). Taylor hits at least as hard, if not harder (see the play on the late third down). He's faster. He's got great ball skills. And he's just in his second season, still learning NFL D. The flea-flicker is going to happen. THe other long pass to Glenn was nice (Taylor had him on a deep out from the slot), but Bledsoe had all day back there. The skins played a sagging cover defense, designed to stop the run and stop the big play. But for the flea-flicker, it worked.

Two players deserve kudos that haven't gotten much yet. James Thrash had a very nice game, with some big third down and foruth down receptions. And Walt Harris was excellent all night, especially tackling in the flat. THat fourth down stop was a great play.
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