Im not really sure what I personally categorize a slow start. I think it depends on the game. A 5 minute, 10+ play drive that ends in a missed FG vs Denver isnt as concerning as a 3 and out vs New Orleans. Putting up yards and keeping up Time of Possession early are typically signs of success later in the game.
That being said, our lack of opening drive points over the last few seasons was more concerning than I originally thought. But looking at all the results after that story I posted, we put up points in our opening drive in half of our games for the rest of the year. Hopefully that is the beginning of the end for all the slow start talk.
Remember Irsay and Grigsons initial conversation while interviewing Pagano? That players would run through a wall for him. We believe That is the main basis on which they hired him and Irsay still obviously values this skill set. It was never said he was or was going to be Nicolaj Tesla (sp). Skip to what Ballard said after meeting with Pagano. He actually said Pagano was smart. Did anybody else catch that? He didn't have to use that word but he did. His reputation is as a straight shooter, so maybe there is more to our coach than meets the eye. Or his country manners are so that he is overly polite. Main thing is that he will be our coach and the 2 of them are on the same page and we have a great defensive and RB draft class ahead. I'm excited.