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    • GoldsonAges

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      Alright, so I have just watched the all-22 of the Saints game and it is time to hand out game balls. I am going to give out four game balls. On defense a lineman will get one and one will go to the back 7. On offense a lineman will get one and a skill position player will get one. The reason being that these games are won and lost in the trenches and those guys deserve some recognition for their efforts.  Offense Jameis Winston After the disappointing week one effort, Jameis bounced back with a solid effort on the road in New Orleans. We all got to see why he was drafted No.1 overall. His pocket presence was very good. He scrambled when he had to and he was accurate hitting 2/3 of his attempts. Most of all, he didnt throw any INTs and he managed the game well enough to bring home the win. One play in particular that I remember was when the play broke down and he scrambled to the right and then he motioned with his fingers for Murphy to break off his route and go deep. He hit Murphy with the bomb to the 6 yard line. He is playing way beyond his years right now. Honorable mention: Doug MartinGosder Cherilus What a difference a week makes. After struggling with assignments and penalties in week one, Cherilus came back strong in week two. He was great in pass protection. Never once did his man get to Winston and it wasn't even close. His pass blocking was top notch and he was holding his blocks extremely well. Against the run he displayed a non-stop motor. One running play in particular that I remember he blocked his guy and then when he saw Doug Martin get stopped he slammed into the pile and moved it forward which got us another couple of yards on the play. For the entire game I only saw him make a couple of mistakes. He was playing at an extremely high level this week. Honorable mention: Ali Marpet.DefenseKwon Alexander Kwon had a very good game for a rookie LB. He seemed to be in good position most of the time and when he wasn't he made up for it with his quickness. He closed in on any short passes in his direction and had a few great stops in the run game. Alexander and Lavonte working in tandem is a pairing that is only going to get better with time.Honorable mention: Chris Conte and Jonathan Banks.Jaques Smith What can you say? He got three sacks, forced two fumbles and was all over the place. He seems to get great leverage working on the left side and also has the speed to close in on the ball like a viper to it's prey. One thing that I noticed is his non-stop motor. Congratulations to Jaq for taking the NFL lead in sacks through two games. You can bet that teams will start to game plan against him which should have wide benefits to the entire defense. Honorable mention: Gerald McCoy.Goof balls Just for fun, one player on each side of the ball that had a bad day. This doesn't mean they suck, just that they had a bad day. DefenseGeorge Johnson George had a tough assignment, as Terron Armstead is one of the best LTs in all of football. George did get a pressure on an inside move where Armstead let him go to the guard, but outside of that one play, he was invisible. I'm not going to bash Johnson for having a poor game, I am going to highlight how dominant Armstead was. Outside of the one inside move I dont think Johnson got within 5 yards of Brees, and he was completely dominated in the run game. But so was Gholston on his snaps and Armstead even made Jaq Smith look like a weakling when he lined up opposite him. Terron Armstead is a beast! Unfortunately for us, there are a lot of really good LTs in this league that we have no answer for.OffenseDonovan Smith Smith is a rookie going up against the other teams best pass rusher. So you have to cut him some slack. But in pass pro he had a hard time with anyone who had a simple rush move and he had trouble with the edge rush. He did not hold his blocks long enough. Against the run he was a mixed bag. He found a few guys off balance and pancaked them but was more likely to completely miss his block. He has a really bad habit of moving too far upfield and missing his block. Those are rookie mistakes and we can work with those. One thing that can not be tolerated is taking plays off. I saw it several times. He doesn't even try to block on some plays and if he gets beat he stands around instead of going to find someone to hit. He is going to need to find some motivation pretty soon. If we had any other viable options I venture to guess he would not be the starter for very long if he keeps up the lackadaisical attitude.Play of the game: McCoy's sack. The Bucs spread out their defensive front and McCoy was rushing from the five technique position. At the snap, he cut inside, split a double team between the LG and OC, sprinted and dove at a scrambling Drew Brees clutching his legs and ending the play with a huge sack. That was the one play that was so good I found myself rewinding it and watching it over and over again.

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    • Anonymous

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      Solid read, GA.I'm not sure about the Winston comment of "he's playing way beyond his years". One week he looked like the worst QB in the league and the next he looked like a solid signal caller. That pass to Murphy? That was simply a thing of beauty and the reason we drafted this guy! I'm simply happy to see some progression. However, I'm still not convinced that Lovie is the right coach to maximize Winston's growth. Jac Smith...what a helluva' game! IMO, he was clear cut MVP of that game.

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    • Anonymous

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      That Murphy catch should have been a touchdown. Winston threw that ball in stride to Murphy and he fell down. Had he stayed on his feet he is running into the end zone with a head full of speed.

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    • Anonymous

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      I was having a hard time believing Don Smith was playing as poorly as I have been reading.  Went through our first two NO series and his tape was putrid.  Terrible technique makes effort look worse than it is.  Still, his effort was even worse than his technique.  It honestly looked like he was playing for the other team.  He single handedly wrecked several of those plays in our first two drives and was probably the reason we did not get points early.

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    • Anonymous

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      In regards to Smith’s effort a lot of rookies are not used to the conditioning and stamina of the NFL game.  So, I don’t expect him to be going all out every play.However, his technique (run blocking) and discipline (false starts) has to improve. But playing left tackle in the NFL has a high learning curve like a QB or a MIKE LB.

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    • Anonymous

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      In regards to Smith's effort a lot of rookies are not used to the conditioning and stamina of the NFL game.  So, I don't expect him to be going all out every play.However, his technique (run blocking) and discipline (false starts) has to improve. But playing left tackle in the NFL has a high learning curve like a QB or a MIKE LB.

      I only focused on him the first two series of the game.  I would hope conditioning isn't kicking his ass into quitting 2 seconds after the snap and watching the rest of the play from the very start.  I agree with a post of Goldson's from another thread.  My hope is he is being ripped apart in the film room and it is just a rookie not knowing what to do.  Still a bad sign when a football player stops all together on the field and starts watching.  I don't care if he is confused.  Move quickly toward someone on the other team or sit the fuck down.

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    • Anonymous

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      Solid read, GA.I'm not sure about the Winston comment of "he's playing way beyond his years". One week he looked like the worst QB in the league and the next he looked like a solid signal caller. That pass to Murphy? That was simply a thing of beauty and the reason we drafted this guy! I'm simply happy to see some progression. However, I'm still not convinced that Lovie is the right coach to maximize Winston's growth. Jac Smith...what a helluva' game! IMO, he was clear cut MVP of that game.

      Agree with your post. Except I hope Lovie has nothing to do with Winton's development. Hopefully Koetter and Bajakian are molding him and Lovie keeps away. But excited about the improvement last week. And Jac Smith is a beast. I said it after the first week - he needs to be on the left side where he can use his speed against RT's.

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    • Anonymous

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      Solid read, GA.I'm not sure about the Winston comment of "he's playing way beyond his years". One week he looked like the worst QB in the league and the next he looked like a solid signal caller. That pass to Murphy? That was simply a thing of beauty and the reason we drafted this guy! I'm simply happy to see some progression. However, I'm still not convinced that Lovie is the right coach to maximize Winston's growth. Jac Smith...what a helluva' game! IMO, he was clear cut MVP of that game.

      Agree with your post. Except I hope Lovie has nothing to do with Winton's development. Hopefully Koetter and Bajakian are molding him and Lovie keeps away. But excited about the improvement last week. And Jac Smith is a beast. I said it after the first week - he needs to be on the left side where he can use his speed against RT's.

      Yeah, I agree about him on the left side. Jac's great effort would have been a waste going against Armstead. He "chipped" McCoy a few times and sent him from the right side of the formation to the left. That dude is as solid a left tackle as there is.

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    • Anonymous

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      In regards to Smith's effort a lot of rookies are not used to the conditioning and stamina of the NFL game.  So, I don't expect him to be going all out every play.However, his technique (run blocking) and discipline (false starts) has to improve. But playing left tackle in the NFL has a high learning curve like a QB or a MIKE LB.

      I only focused on him the first two series of the game.  I would hope conditioning isn't kicking his ass into quitting 2 seconds after the snap and watching the rest of the play from the very start.  I agree with a post of Goldson's from another thread.  My hope is he is being ripped apart in the film room and it is just a rookie not knowing what to do.  Still a bad sign when a football player stops all together on the field and starts watching.  I don't care if he is confused.  Move quickly toward someone on the other team or sit the (censored) down.

      He did improve a bit after the first quarter but Winston has a history of slow starts and the last thing he needs is a leaky left tackle early in the game.What about Pamphile? Should we give him a look? Maybe put him in every other series? Maybe DSmith just needs some competition to light a fire? What do you guys think about Pamphile getting some reps?

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    • Anonymous

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      I think you’re exaggerating dsmith downfalls.

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    • Anonymous

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      I think you're exaggerating dsmith downfalls.

      Watch him in slow motion for the first quarter.  It is only a dozen, maybe 15 snaps.  I have never seen anything so bad.  The mixture of horrible technique and dog (censored) effort was startling.  He wasn't that bad when I focused on him in the 2nd/3rd preseason games.I thought Goldson was exaggerating, I watched to prove him wrong.  If anything, he is being kind imo.  Goldson said above he played better after the first 2 drives.  I can not speak to that.

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    • Anonymous

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      I think you're exaggerating dsmith downfalls.

      Watch him in slow motion for the first quarter.  It is only a dozen, maybe 15 snaps.  I have never seen anything so bad.  The mixture of horrible technique and dog (censored) effort was startling.  He wasn't that bad when I focused on him in the 2nd/3rd preseason games.I thought Goldson was exaggerating, I watched to prove him wrong.  If anything, he is being kind imo.  Goldson said above he played better after the first 2 drives.  I can not speak to that.

      Just to clarify, I thought he was better, but he still wasn't good by any means.

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    • Anonymous

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      I enjoyed the write up. Gj gold.However, i would just single it down to winston and jsmith. Those two are the main reason they beat the saints, imvho.

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    • Anonymous

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      I think you're exaggerating dsmith downfalls.

      Multiple posters and sites that have analyzed every snap agree about Smith's bad play in this game.  He was really bad last week.  Doesn't mean he's going to suck for eternity, but his play was putrid vs. NO.

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    • Anonymous

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      Agree with your post. Except I hope Lovie has nothing to do with Winton's development. Hopefully Koetter and Bajakian are molding him and Lovie keeps away. But excited about the improvement last week.

      I agree 100% with this.

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