vel Posted December 6, 2015 Share Posted December 6, 2015 Lovie Smith has been running defenses since 2001. What kind of defense has Lovie ran his entire career? Cover 2. We took a few shots, but very rarely did we throw is deep, especially after halftime. That's both on the OC and the QB. I'm not throwing Kyle under the bus in this thread. But, Matt threw the ball 45 times for 269 yards. That is a sub-6 YPA. That's too many passes and too short of throws.The Cover 2 defense, particularly Lovie's Tampa 2 style, begs offenses to dink and dunk until they get close to the red zone, and they clamp down using the back of the end zone as an extra defender. That's why we ended up with four straight drives ending in field goals. That's what Lovie wants. Field goals generally don't win games. We did take some shots. The problem is they were few and far between. We opened up throwing and backed the defense off a little bit. Then they started creeping up again. The Cover 2 defense is not that hard to beat. How many chances did we give Julio to beat Chris Conte? That's a two sided problem. Kyle called more deep shots this game but not enough. Even when they were called, Matt double clutched so often instead of letting it fly. If you are double clutching, that means you have time, so it's not "Matt's OL didn't give him time". He had typical, NFL time in the pocket. We have to give the few playmakers we have a chance to make plays. That's been the biggest issue with the offense. Even when Kyle calls it, it doesn't happen. There were so many plays checked down before the play even had a chance to develop. Matt did a better job of scanning the field this game. A much better job. But he's still timid. We have not scored more than 21 points in the last 7 games. That's not going to work. We're still turning the ball over, but the worst part is the offense is playing entirely too timid and will not win games. This isn't a matter of lack of talent. It's a matter of mentality. Want to. This offense just doesn't want to right now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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