12 November 2006

Thanks, Terrance Copper: Steelers 38 Saints 31

Terrance Copper makes up for dropping a big pass
by fumbling a key reception a few plays later.

There are at least 4 NFL rules that were illustrated in the game this afternoon:
  1. A team with a 300-yard passer loses a lot of those games.
  2. A team with a 200-yard rusher wins most of the time.
  3. If you're -3 in turnover ratio, you're gonna lose no matter how well you play.
  4. If you're the Saints, and you're playing against a mediocre LSU defensive back, he gets to be a hero. Thanks, Ryan Clark, for recovering two fumbles. Couldn't have done that for the Tigers, right?
Of course, rule #4 could apply to any Louisiana player or former Saint that the Saints go up against.

And then there's this:
  1. Reggie Bush fumbled vs. Carolina: LOSS
  2. Reggie Bush fumbled vs. Baltimore: LOSS
  3. Reggie Bush fumbled vs. Pittsburgh: LOSS
Yes, that double-reverse was amazing. But you can't afford to fumble 3 times in 9 games. In my opinion, at least two of those turnovers directly impacted a loss (this week's and the one in Carolina where the Saints were in field goal range). I have given him the benefit of the doubt so far. But now it's time to step up.

And don't get me started on Terrance Copper. Yes he had 90+ yards receiving, but he dropped too many balls and cost the Saints a chance at a tie on the final drive. TWICE. He made a big play in the Eagles game, but what else has he done? This is the guy you brought in instead of keeping Fred McAfee or Mike Hass?

The one silver lining about the loss: it's out of conference. Two of the Saints' losses are against the AFC. That comes in handy for tie-breakers.

THE GOOD
  • Drew Brees threw for 398 yards and looked like the ultimate team leader.
  • Marques Colston: 10-169
  • Bush and McAllister: 25-109-3
  • Aaron Stecker made his first major offensive contributions of the year.
  • How did Brees get that first down on his scramble on the final drive.
  • Reggie Bush's touchdown run (and dive)
  • The snap to McAllister and the touchdown
  • The Saints scored a touchdown on the two-minute drill in the first half.
THE BAD
  • The defense gave up 467 yards of offense
  • The defense gave up 3 touchdown passes
  • The defense gave up a 200-yard rusher
  • The defense gave up two 70-plus yard runs
  • Minus-3 on the turnover ratio (already discussed)
  • Reggie Bush's fumble (already discussed)
  • Terrance Copper (already discussed)
  • Challenging the Reggie Bush fumble
  • Nice bite on the pump-fake, Jason Craft. You're getting on this list a little too often.
  • What was up with kickoffs and coverage? The Steelers' field position was too good all day.
THE UGLY
  • You're playing against a team that can't hold on to the football. Big Ben has 14 interceptions in about the equivalent of six games. AND YOU STILL CAN'T FORCE A FREAKIN' TURNOVER???????????? WHAT THE HELL IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE DEFENSE NOT FORCING TURNOVERS??????????????????? I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE! I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A MONTH NOW!
  • 3rd quarter meltdown: Jahri Evans' personal foul costs the Saints a chance for at least a FG.
  • 3rd quarter meltdown: Reggie Bush fumbles on the next drive. The Steelers score on the next play.
  • 3rd quarter meltdown: The Saints drive down the field immediately afterwards, and John Carney misses a FG.
  • The Saints are prepared to down a punt at the 3 yard line. But Omar Stoutmire and Bryan Scott can't down the ball. Willie Parker's off to the races a few plays later.
  • Terrance Copper (one more time). Yes, Marques Colston dropped a couple too. But he's earned a reprieve.

Next weekend, I WILL BE IN THAT NUMBER. Mr. and Mrs. DarDar will be back down for Thanksgiving vacation. We have already been guaranteed the family tickets for the Bengals game. Maybe I'll see some of you there. I can hardly wait.

SEYMOUR D. FAIR ADDENTUM: Is it me or does it seem Deuce isn't getting enough "touches?" I know the circumstances forced "throw mode," but even the first two drives of the second half before the game slipped out of control Deuce wasn't even on the field. Secondly, Jason Craft is terrible--I mean bad. He was bad last season and somehow he's still on the roster.

TAGS: NFL, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston

11 Comments:

At November 12, 2006 8:37 PM, Blogger jeffrey said...

Evans shouldn't have been flagged for that. He was just protecting Bush.... who ought to be whipped. His fumble was the turning point in the game.

 
At November 12, 2006 9:06 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

I disagree on Evans. The guy he hit was out of the play, and the play was over. I think he knew it too based on how he looked on the sidelines. And I don't like Bush's fumble either, but the Saints could have still got it to overtime. That why all those Copper drops in the 2nd half kill me.

 
At November 12, 2006 9:24 PM, Blogger Fitch N. DarDar said...

Two more points on Copper. I just can't get off this guy:

1. Where's Devery Henderson? He wasn't inactive. I saw him on the sidelines. He had a huge game last week. So where was he? Was there an injury report I didn't see?

2. Where's Jamal Jones? All I heard in training camp was "This guy never dropps passes. He's earned a spot on the team." So why is he inactive or on the bench every week? I mean, he has to steal kicloffs from the BeerMan to get in the statbook.

 
At November 13, 2006 1:01 AM, Anonymous ashley said...

Finally, Bush learns to keep his shoulders parallel to the line of scrimmage, but he drops the ball.

Copper should be released tomorrow. *Should* be.

 
At November 13, 2006 7:18 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

I'm with you and Ashley. We had Copper on the roster before, under the pseudonym "Donte Stallworth."

We don't need that.

Sign Freddie Mac back. I was a Hass proponent, but he hasn't done much elsewhere.

Horn would've held on to the ball at that point in the game.

 
At November 13, 2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Roux said...

Too many turnovers and giving up the big plays. I don't think you can single out any particular player on the team to fault. I couldn't understand how we could let those big running plays happen. A safety or a linebacker just has to be out there.

I do like how this team doesn't give up. We were in it until the end. BTW-This was a huge game for the Steelers, they had to win.

 
At November 13, 2006 1:26 PM, Blogger jeffrey said...

At least you can say there's no quit in this team. Even when the defense was beaten badly on those long runs by Parker, somebody put in the effort to run him down from behind. Fitch has some excellent questions about the recievers.. what the hell is going on?

 
At November 14, 2006 1:50 PM, Blogger HammHawk said...

Coupla things:
We can't forget how good it feels to have an offense that pretty much advanced the ball at will. Brees directing his receivers from the backfield is a beautiful sight (did y'all see that Brooks is about to take over in Oakland? Poor Raiders). The drops were awful, but fixable, and no interceptions (despite a couple close calls). Hey, at least Copper can get open, which the faster Stallworth couldn't. I miss McAfee, but I'm not ready to pack it in on Copper.

Also, what do you make of Easterbrooke's view that a play like Reggie's TD is not a double reverse, but simply a reverse? He claims that what we usually call a reverse is an end around because the ball doesn't "reverse" direction, but a "double reverse" involves only one direction change, making is simply a reverse.

Finally, a good sign is that we look a heck of a lot better and more consistent so far than ATL and CAR. Only one really bad game.

 
At November 14, 2006 1:59 PM, Blogger HammHawk said...

Sorry, forgot to weigh in on Bush: Despite the fumble, we can't say enough about the fact that he's finally squaring his shoulders and running downhill in the middle. This could be the development that finally ends the concerns about him. Once he figures out the pro game, he's incredible. For reassurance, if you saved the game, re-watch the closeup when he gets the ball on the TD. The ball really seems to explode. Keep the faith...

 
At November 14, 2006 5:37 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

Easterbrook is a hack. The fake into the line, then the end comes around and it's a reverse. If there was no fake into the line, it would simply be an end around. As it was a reverse and then tossed to Reggie, it's a double reverse.

You can tell Easterbrook never played the damned game.

 
At September 02, 2007 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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