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thoughts about our team after 3 preseason games.

After attending last nights game I feel not as hopeless as before.  Baltimore is one of the best teams in the league and Flacco has really matured from last year to this year.  I thought our run defense seemed better, not great but better than last 2 weeks.  Jake could play better and Gamble sucked.  I thought our run game  was good. We could run when we had to against one of the best defensive units in the league.  I feel for some reason, I'll blame injuries, that our whole team is not as far along  as they should be.  Smitty and Moose look good.  Moore might be the number 3 receiver and I feel TE is a position of strength.  I  think at this point if we can get healthy we will be okay.  Since Baltimore is not known as a throwing team our pass defense concerns me.  We played one of the best teams in the league who I believe had all their starters and we played with our 3rd string back(best 3rd back in the league maybe) without 2 starting linebackers and without our starting free safety.  After last week I was concerned but I feel somewhat  better this week.  I wonder if our late camp start and our short camp has put us a week behind other teams.  Kind of seems that way to me.


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Re: thoughts about our team after 3 preseason games.

That's pretty accurate. Honestly, I don't understand what everyone's worried about.


Success in the secondary is dependent on the pressure put on the Quarterback. Who was the best starter on the line last night? Tyler Brayton. Really? Once we get Peppers at 100%, and Beason and Davis back, they can keep the QB busy, tire the receivers, and give the corners enough time to get the coverage right.

As far as the offense goes, it looked more than prepared. They couldn't convert any 3rd downs, but both 34 and 28 were missing, the only RB that ever left us with so many 3rd and 9's was rotting away in San Francisco last year. Goodson's good, but he's no Williams. Our RB's have the ability to keep the opposing D on the field and ours off of it, which has always proved to be a winning formula.

Week one comes around, and we get blown apart, then we worry. Otherwise, everything seems okay. Not great, but not awful.

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Agree once the regular season starts we can take a better assessment.  Right now we look like garbage.


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Re: thoughts about our team after 3 preseason games.

StillNotKyle wrote:

That's pretty accurate. Honestly, I don't understand what everyone's worried about.
Ummm, our team looks like shit right now.  Make excuses if you like fellas but at this time last year we couldn't wait for the season to start because our team looked so lethal on both sides of the ball.  Not this year.  Unless we learn how to breakdown and tackle within the next week, we are in trouble.

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Re: thoughts about our team after 3 preseason games.

While there are several key players missing due to injury...this team looks and plays like ...they think last years 12-4 divisional championship season was a flux...that is a porblem...they seemingly do not appear to be a very confident inspired football team...just one looking like they will find a way to lose! That is fast becoming a selffulfilling prophice....you become what you think you are...where is the confidence we thought this team would exhibit????


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Re: thoughts about our team after 3 preseason games.

StillNotKyle wrote:

Honestly, I don't understand what everyone's worried about
Yeah why would you worry. Both the offense and Defense has looked terrible for the most part. (especially the defense). Our 1st teams put up only 3 pts on the Ravens and gave up 17!!! Why wouldn't you worry?? A second year QB picked our D apart, and Jake overthrew alot of receievrs, but he did make a couple nice throws. The Runoffense has looked decent, but like I said the starters only put up 3 pts in 3 quarters. Don't give me the it's only the preseason speech. We actually gameplanned for this one.

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Re: thoughts about our team after 3 preseason games.

I'm hopeful the offense will come together when we have all starters on the field at the same time.


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