Should the question be: Were we exposed as to what we really are???
To me, this was more than just a regular loss. We were simply manhandled by a middle of the road Arizona club. They played extremely well today, but should we be losing to them by 24 points if we're so good? I did not like anything I saw from our team today, including the laughing on the sidelines late in the 4th Q down by 24.
Watching our OL get trampled, again, by a Defensive front that isn't one of the best in the league is disheartening. We, for better or worse, cannot run the ball, at all. Marshawn gets all his yards on his own. How bad is it? Consider this: as a rookie Marshawn did not rush for less than 60 yards in any of the games he played in. This season, he's already had 3 sub 60 yard rushing days. The OL just cannot block for him and I have no idea what it is. We were a mediocre run block unit last year, but this year it would be kind to call the blocking poor. Maybe more concerning has been pass blocking, where our QB's rarely have much time to throw. That was an excellent aspect of our team last year, and this year it's been a complete 180. We have edge blitzers easily beating our OT's, we have DT's just plowing through the middle and at times there are guys that aren't even touched flying into the backfield. Now we had the wonderful pleasure of seeing our young stud QB get decked and concussed today because of another line breakdown. It was a matter of time before Trent was going to not get up from one of these hits, maybe today was the best time for it as we were outclassed and outcoached all day. I hope the bye week is the best time for the OL and they get their act together. Trent should be ready to go for SD if his concussion isn't a severe one. With a tough stretch of games coming up, we need to protect him and keep him upright.
Today was the return of the past two season's D. It was a carbon copy of what we had painfully lived through these past couple of years. A D that had trouble manning up in the run game, had trouble getting ANY pressure on the QB, had no problem giving up the quick passes and underneath game and showed no ability to be a playmaking unit. I'm concerned that this D isn't going to give us much in the way of big plays...sacks, turnovers and whatnot. I don't want to keep running my mouth about it, but today is a great indication of what I've been talking about for 2 years now. I wish it weren't the case, but we have no pass rush, no pass rush whatsoever. Sure, we can get some pressure via the blitz occasionally, but the front 4 is just not coming close to getting anywhere near QB's. Why did Fewell not make any changes today?? We've seen cracks in the D against two awful teams in Oakland and St. Louis, today the water finally busted through. You can't win consistently and stop teams without a pass rush...
I just hope that this loss doesn't turn into a 3-4 game funk. The way they played out there, the best thing is to forget it completely, wipe the slate clean and move on immediately. We have to take away from this loss the areas that need major work and spend the bye week looking to improve those. The OL really has to find a way to get it together. I wonder if they miss Jim McNally more than any of us could have imagined???? Perry Fewell has to find a way to get pressure on the QB and our back 7 have to start making some plays. I heard all offseason about how great Donte Whitner was going to be this year, but other than a few nice stops against the run, he's been silent. Does anyone think McGee's absence was as crucial as it looked today???
And please don't place as much blame on Losman for this loss. First, he couldn't haven't gotten that many snaps in practice all week. But most of all our OL couldn't open running lanes and gave Losman very little time to set himself and throw. And the D was completely dominated all day. AZ scored on 7 of their first 8 possessions. That is utter domination at it's finest. They aren't that great of an O folks, especially minus Boldin. Our D has to regroup and dig deep to get back to the level many thought they'd be at. Luckily we have two weeks to heal some injuries and prepare for the Chargers. Despite their loss to Miami today, I still think they are one of the top 4 teams in the AFC. They could be a desperate team by the time they come to the Ralph. And if the other AFC East teams keep winning, we actually may feel a sense of desperation as well. It will be a monster game that is going to take a ton of improvement from today.
I just hope today was not our day, and nothing more. The signs are there though that it may indeed be more than 1 loss. There is a lot of work to be done, hope Jauron and co can get this team ready over the next 2 weeks for the rest of the season! We have an opportunity to make the playoffs this year, I don't want to blow that after a 4-0 start!!!!