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We've talked about the nickelback battle between Owens and Franks. The Johnson-Reynolds rivalry and whatnot, but one thing I've been looking for every season is creativity from our coordinators. We got a chance to see some of that out of BVG nearing the end of the season and in the postseason. Good. Hopefully we'll see more, however, I'm ready to see some life come out of this offense via Mularkey. I want to see some successful screens being ran tonight. Some creative routes being drawn up for our receivers. In essence, I want to see the players strengths emphasized through his playcalling. By the end of preseason, I want to be able to go into the regular season confident knowing that we can stifle secondaries like the newly crowned Eagles. I had a chat with a few of my coworkers the other day and I said we have a lot of firepower on offense, but it means nothing if we can't utilize those guys in a way to expose opposing weaknesses in defenses. That, my fellow fans, takes creativity. If there's one thing I'm evaluating during these exhibition games, is how creative our coordinators are on both sides of the ball.

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I remember last pre season we saw Van Gorder leaving grimes and our other cbs on an island alot. It clearly didnt work so well against guys like Phillip Rivers. I want to see more of that this preseason but with alot more success. It was almost as if they where trying it out to see if they would even bother using it in the regular season. Turned out they where prob wise not to use it. But im hoping to see our corners needing to cover consistently for less lengthy plays. Because of our expected improvement in the pass rush our corners should be able to handle being left on an island every once in a while so we can really go after it.

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Things to look for tonight...

Rookies that stand out.

Rookies missing assignments.

Fringe players fighting for a roster spot.

Veterans and starters standing on the sideline laughing, joking, and occasionally cheering on the players on the field to pull out the win.

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Don't expect much creativity. Look at the Ravens defense from last night. The Eagles are trying to be pre season champs while the Ravens were just feeling things out and avoiding injury. Everybody was so excited that Vick drove and scored against a constant 3-4 man rush. No point in risking a pointless injury to show the media we are for real.

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More than the playcalling or the box score,this is more, about for me, assessing in a game situation players like peria jerry,harry douglas and kerry meier to see where they are physically. Also im somewhat curious to see rodgers in pass protection because i really feel that's where snelling has the advantage over him.

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Don't expect much creativity. Look at the Ravens defense from last night. The Eagles are trying to be pre season champs while the Ravens were just feeling things out and avoiding injury. Everybody was so excited that Vick drove and scored against a constant 3-4 man rush. No point in risking a pointless injury to show the media we are for real.

That drive was impressive. I didn't realize that it was only 3-4 man rush because he was getting the ball out pretty quick.

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Preseason games are hands down the most overrated thing in the NFL when it comes to starters and vets. People get so worked up about them and they really don't prove ANYTHING. The only thing that will show us something is the 3rd stringers and our new punter.

I disagree. Yes preseason games are overrated in terms of how meaningful wins and losses are ,but I think that some of our weaknesses that plagued us in the regular season, were pretty obvious in some of our preseason performances the last couple years. The New England and Charger preseason games were great examples.

I know they are not the ultimate determinant of regular and post season success, but are crucial in evaluation. Obviously if certain areas like Nickelback stink it up, we are going to have to address it.

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