So many questions that we all want to see answered. And even though it was a preseason game, I did not walk away empty handed in my search for answers.
Probably the biggest thing I saw when watching the game was an overall preparedness by the entire team. I have to be honest, after the first stringers left the field over the last 10 or so years, we were ineffective... no matter preseason or regular. The quality of our depth and their preparedness was consistently poor. Our #1's could beat anybody...our #2's and 3's could beat nobody. I don't know whether that was a product of drafting, scheme, coaching, execution, or all of the aforementioned.
This team is prepared to execute from top to bottom. They are making mistakes....and I am not anointing them as all world. I just see consistent execution as the players substitute. This one thing has me giddy and excited.
The offensive disparity, 430 for us and 215 for them, is always a nice thing to have. So different than last year. No serious injuries that I have heard of is nice as well. The biggest factoid I saw was that we converted 11 3rd downs over a 15 attempt run!...while allowing 5 over a 13 play run for their offense. That, folks, is like a tornado wind of fresh air. We ran the ball, and we ran it when we needed to. Harnish took over in the endzone and we ran it twice to get to the 20 yard line. THAT is running when you need to.
Moala got into the backfield
Freemen got into the backfield
King got into the backfield
Hughes got into the backfield
DJ Johnson got into the backfield and played an outstanding game
It takes two bus fares to get around McKinney
Brazil looks like a real gem. He looked nothing like a rookie WR.
Donald "housecall" Brown is more than capable as our #1 RB
Carter got some major height in his leap over the pile and is a load to bring down
Liked how Stanton threw a great block and also lowered his head near the endzone
Quan Cosby just keeps making plays
What I came away with:
Our QB has the potential to be something very special
We have depth at QB, we need no more suggestions everytime a QB gets cut
We have strength and depth at RB and need no more suggestions everytime a RB gets cut
Sampson S was solid and seemed in control of the calls, but the line is far from gelling
Our days of being unable to run the football may be behind us
Fleener looked nervous
That long TD by Brown is not the last we will see this season
Our CB's are not great, but they played well enough that I can exhale
Also saw some great play by Chirs Rucker, Latarrius Thomas,TY Hilton, and Dominique Jones.