Welcome back, FAITHFUL READER. I haven’t written since our loss at Denver. It definitely hurt, especially since the Chargers had their chances. I don’t have such a problem with the since-departed Ken Wisenhunt trying to establish the run in the first half. As great as Rivers was this year, it’s very rare that a team can pass exclusively without it eventually catching up with them. But when the Bolts came out of the half and were LUCKY to only be down 17 points, they should have gone right to the air. I love Danny Woodhead, but we know he can’t keep getting run up the middle like that. As tough as he has been, he’s not really a between the tackles guy. As I said during the week leading up to the game, I still wish we’d given Michael Bennett more shots in Pittsburgh in 2008. As great as Sproles was the week before, that’s not what he’s built for. Even Sean Payton wouldn’t try to run Sproles the way we did against the Steelers. The fact that Mathews couldn’t play during the second half at Cincy was a pretty good indicator of how hurt he was. I understand the gamesmanship involved with the playoffs and why McCoy wouldn’t want to disclose that to the public or the opposition. But why wouldn’t you use the knowledge that you aren’t going to be able to pound Mathews the way you did so effectively in December and put together a different game plan for the game?
Every time I bring this up, and I bring it up a lot, someone tells me that the wasted drives and minutes that sunk our chances in the third quarter were the result of Ken Wisenhunt. We can only hope. Of course, the Chargers could have gotten the ball back if they had stopped Denver on that 3rd and long. But they shouldn’t have dug themselves that hole to begin with. Eric Weddle says that play will haunt him forever. At least that’s what he said on XX1090. As much as I like Weddle, I could do a little less with his shirt selling on Twitter.
After the loss at Denver, Jay Paris said it best the following Monday. The “day after” had finally arrived. We feared it would come eventually. Like so many Justice Leaguers, I don’t take that last loss of the season well. In 2007, you could argue that we went down fighting. Our three best players were hurt, but if Michael Turner gets into the end zone on 3rd and goal, who knows? But the Giants were able to beat the Pats largely because of the pass rush they were able to generate with their defensive line. Sound familiar? Seattle looked very much the same in the Super Bowl. I made no secret about wanting to see Denver go down. Shaun Phillips is a loser who doesn’t deserve a ring and I love that he tried to drum up sympathy after the fact by leaking that Tweet from his son.no comments