10 September 2006

Saints 19 Browns 14

DT Brian Young sacked Browns QB Charlie Frye three times.

1-0, baby!

This team has a realistic shot at starting out 3-0, even though I still think a 6 or 7 win season is optimistic.

Every time I get a chance, I will post my thoughts on the game. So here is "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly."

  • Reggie Bush looked above average. Not ESPN-good. Not Hall of Fame good. But pretty damn good.
  • Reggie Bush will lead NFL running backs (rookie or otherwise) in receptions if healthy.
  • Deuce is back.
  • Marques Colston is going to be our Antonio Gates. By that I mean Drew Brees's security blanket, not All-Pro tight end.
  • That much-maligned offensive line gave up no sacks and helped the Saints rush for over 150 yards.
  • The defense looks aggressive. Maybe they won't be the worst in Saints history.
  • Brian Young: 3 sacks. Where the hell did that come from?
  • Interceptions from Fujita and Bullocks.
  • The defense didn't give up a first down until the Browns' final drive of the first half.
  • The defense came up big after Deuce's fumble. I just knew that the Browns would take the lead on that drive.
  • The defense came up with a big 3-and-out (with 2 sacks) after the Saints took the 19-14 lead.
  • The Browns had the ball at midfield with 2 minutes left. And the Saints stopped them. Cold. How many times have we seen us lose a game in the last 2 minutes that we dominated for the first 58?
  • No (or at least very few) dumb-ass decisions or stupid penalties for the first 50 minutes of the game.
  • We scored points in our first drive. Remember when we used to do that?
  • We have a head coach more concerned with the game plan than showing up the refs.
  • Drew Brees never broke the huddle and discovered that 3 seconds were left on the play clock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The penalties started to come back in the final minutes of the game.
  • We need to find a way to get Reggie Bush involved in key 3rd-and-short situations.
  • We settled for 2 field goals in situations where we should have scored touchdowns.
  • Our vertical passing game is nonexistent.
  • Our tight ends are nonexistent, at least as receiving options.
  • Roman Harper vs. Kellen Winslow. But in Harper's defense, he came up with a big sack in the 4th quarter on 3rd down.
  • Drew Brees and Joe Horn have no chemistry. Yet.
  • Marques Colston needed to bring that ball in on the flea-flicker pass.
  • Charlie Frye was able to scramble on us. What's going to happen when we play Michael Vick???????????????????????
  • The Browns had a first half touchdown and a 4th down conversion called back by penalty. They also had a 50-yard change of field position after a punt in the first quarter because of a penalty. Isn't it nice to see other teams get the bad breaks for a change???????????
  • First and goal at the 3 late in the game. Good teams get in the end zone and put the game out of reach. Instead, we settle for a field goal and keep the Browns in the game.
  • 3rd and 1 with 3 minutes left in the game. WHY IN THE HELL CAN'T THE SAINTS EVER CONVERT A 3RD AND 1 IN THE FINAL 5 MINUTES OF A FRIGGIN FOOTBALL GAME????????????????????????????????????????
  • The Cleveland Browns offense is Mike Ditka bad. They have one NFL-caliber skill player (Kellen Winslow). The rest of the team was just a bunch of Andre Hastingses and Lamar Smiths.
  • Aren't you glad that we didn't select (Browns offensive coordinator) Maurice Carthon wasn't selected as head coach? Actually, like I said, I think the Browns' lack of talent is more to blame than his play calling.
  • That penalty against the Saints on the Browns' final drive of the game. GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Why do I think that Joe Horn is not going to be happy with his role on the team?
Next week: Green Bay. I'm not going to predict a victory. However, I will predict that it will be better than 52-3.

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At September 11, 2006 10:34 AM, Blogger jeffrey said...

For the first time in a long while I'm impressed with the coaching on offense.

Also.. Horn managed to come up with one very big catch there towards the end. If they can build on what they established yesterday and get him more involved, you gotta believe the touchdowns will come.


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