Ok guys... I just want to throw a few things against the wall here and let me know if it sticks here.
1) Daniel Thomas amazingly showed his nose for the "10 yard run". He was known for this in college, most runs of 10+ yards in college football history. Its a very unique skill, though he doesnt break the 20+ yard runs he just has a nack for ripping off the 10-12 yarders. I'm very impressed that this has carried over into the NFL and it was not one of those random stats.
2) Agree with most posters that the loss is not on Henne. He played well enough to win the game. Offensive line should have protected better ESPECIALLY given the way we were pounding the rock w/ Thomas. Dline shoulda been on their heels more.
3) Ok, granted we shouldnt have been in the dire situation in the first place if not for Carpenter not showing up for the game today and us not executing in the redzone (again). But really Sparano... we were running roughshot on them ALL day long and you don't have the balls to go for it on 4th and 1 with 8 minutes left down two scores?????? Are you serious? What kind of nonsense is that? And can you PLEASE stop celebrating every touchdown as if you are a player Sparano. Act like you've been there before and celebrate after the game. You are really embarrassing us. Please tell me you agree with this phinsiders.
In short, we are who we thought we were...
- Henne's improved dramatically in his 3rd year,
- Daniel Thomas is a nice back with unique skills,
- Our line is well suited for run blocking, not pass blocking.
- Our D-line is solid but our secondary is young, weak at Safety and not deep at CB
all this adds up to being a slightly above average team that will not compete for a SB until we shore up those weak spots. Red-zone & third down efficiency, and getting lucky turnovers is the only thing that can hide these weaknesses and allow us to compete for the playoffs.