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#15 : November 04, 2007, 08:06:33 PM

Gruden can tell Alex Smith to go out and catch the ball but the rest is up to Alex Smith.


What more do you want Gruden to do?



They would rather have Gruden spoon feed the players every day and just before they get hit getting the ball step in front of them and take the hit for them...OBD


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#16 : November 04, 2007, 08:15:07 PM

Now that I've had some time to cool off here's a few positives I picked out of the game:

Safety Play was immense. Other than that long play at the start to Fitzgerald, the Safeties gave Warner nothing deep and repeatedly laid the wood. Both had picks which just goes to show how well they covered. There was one play which totally epitomised how great they play: Warner threw it someone over the middle who completely laid out by both Safeties simultaneously.

Gaines Adams had his best game. You look at the stat sheet and you see no sacks, but he was in Warner's face a lot and got some good pressures on him. He even almost recorded his first pick.

Graham continues to prove the doubters wrong, although I would have liked to see more of him in the passing game today.

Garcia played better than last week. He was a little confused at time with AZ's unorthodox defense, but when the plays were there to be made he put the ball right on the money. No picks either, which was huge in the context of this game.

Rush Defense was great. The D-Line was stout to say the least against the run.

Finally, even though it was pretty repugnant to see Smith drop that TD and Bryant miss the FG, its a while since we put a 9 minute drive together.

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#17 : November 04, 2007, 10:24:41 PM

If Garcia had that 3rd down to do over again, he'd have run it; he had the entire right side open and would have had at least a 1st down if not a TD. Obviously the play was designed to get someone wide open, and it did; and not throwing it to Smith would have shown a lack of faith in him (and Smith had had a pretty decent game up till that point) so there was no reason not to throw it to the guy. As for the missed fieldgoal...Bryant had a cruddy day, thats insane to go 12:00 and not score...not the 1st time this yr the Bucs have held the ball for around 18-19 plays and ended up with no points. (Happened in the Lions game also). All in all though, the team played fairly solid, made some dumb mistakes; and unfortunately didn't win by as much as they should have. It was good to see a pass-rush again and some turnovers from the D. We were due for that much.

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#18 : November 04, 2007, 10:40:26 PM

I blame Gruden for the Smith dropped td and the bryant missed FG!!!

lol


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#19 : November 04, 2007, 10:45:50 PM

Gruden can tell Alex Smith to go out and catch the ball but the rest is up to Alex Smith.


What more do you want Gruden to do?


Not put the touchdown catch into the hands of a guy who is clearly not right (came off the field twice and was hobbling)


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#20 : November 04, 2007, 10:47:52 PM

Gruden can tell Alex Smith to go out and catch the ball but the rest is up to Alex Smith.


What more do you want Gruden to do?


Not put the touchdown catch into the hands of a guy who is clearly not right (came off the field twice and was hobbling)

Eh, his hobbling had nothing to do with him dropping the ball that hit him in the hands.  It was a good playcall, and it's all on Smith.

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#21 : November 04, 2007, 10:51:42 PM

I blame Gruden for the Smith dropped td and the bryant missed FG!!!

Don't forget Global Warming.
And Gas prices, they were fine until Gruden ''ruined'' the arabs.


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#22 : November 04, 2007, 11:51:41 PM

I blame Gruden for the Smith dropped td and the bryant missed FG!!!

Don't forget Global Warming.
And Gas prices, they were fine until Gruden ''ruined'' the arabs.

MSNBC and Keith Olberman just reported that it's confirmed he is also the reason Katrina destroyed New Orleans.  Division rival...win by any means.

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#23 : November 05, 2007, 12:02:47 AM

The Bucs win and the TOP was totally dominated and you have a bad taste?

That is how good teams win.

They create turnovers, dominate TOP, and understand Gruden got them a Lombardi when Dungy who is a defensive mastermind, could not with a defensive powerhouse team...

(jab at a certain moron)


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#24 : November 05, 2007, 05:23:44 AM

The Bucs win and the TOP was totally dominated and you have a bad taste?

That is how good teams win.

They create turnovers, dominate TOP, and understand Gruden got them a Lombardi when Dungy who is a defensive mastermind, could not with a defensive powerhouse team...

(jab at a certain moron)

With all due respect, we are not that good of a team, yet. Good teams do not come close to losing a statistical win in the fourth quarter (didn't that just occur a couple of weeks ago too? statistics will not take any team to the Super Bowl, it is the wins over the losses that really count), good teams know how to just snap the ball and take a knee without a few penalities added in, good teams do not come back from a time out and have 12 men in the huddle, good teams do not start 1st and 10 inside the 20 and incur TWO false starts and then have 1st and 20 OUTSIDE the 20 and settle for a field goal (this after a monumental defensive play). We are not yet a good team, we are a growing team that has both caught some breaks and lost some as well. I for one will enjoy being in first place throuh the bye and let us see how we react to Washington. That will be a tell.

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#25 : November 05, 2007, 06:01:10 AM

Its suprising how well Detroit is playing now. I'd like to see us finally come together and start playing up to our potential. We continue to show flashes of a good team, as good as any in the NFC, but then we revert right back to inconsistent mistake riddled football. Losing is contagious but so is winning. We need to get some confidence in our ability to make plays. Right now that confidence is fleeting at best.

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#26 : November 05, 2007, 08:40:15 AM

So much for the winning cures everything adage... 

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#27 : November 05, 2007, 08:50:51 AM

Graypilrim,

Its a little hard to snap the ball when the other teams player smacks the ball thru the centers legs.

Replay showed it. But it was called against the Bucs.


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#28 : November 05, 2007, 09:03:01 AM

I think with the bye week and an apparent easier schedule and a few more players available to play, 9 to 11 wins are possible.

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#29 : November 05, 2007, 09:20:04 AM

I loved what Trueblood did.
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