Quite a few things to rant about after this game (well this whole season so far, and last year's, and the year before, and 10 years before that).... so here we go:
Defense is all to blame for this loss: I'd give them a large massive chunk of the blame that's for sure. They have been playing so lovely this year, I'm just glad we have put so much money and effort into "improving" it over these past 3 drafts and through Free Agency. It has really paid off very well. So, for everyone hoping that we end up with some Baltimore Ravens-like defense that takes us to the playoffs no matter who our QB or what our offense does, keep hoping. Not going to happen anytime soon, especially with the guys running our drafts (Nix / Gailey)
Fitzpatrick isn't to blame for this loss (or something like that): Ummmmm... well... he surely had the game of his career for the first 3 quarters, and I was actually incredibly surprised (being a complete Fitz-non-believer from my many posts). And then he also threw probably the worst interception of his career, while ahead, with no reason to bother forcing a throw. Only can a QB like Fitzpatrick completely erase all the good he did through 3 quarters, with one throw. This again illustrates perfectly why he isn't our QB for the future. Sometimes he is terrible for a whole game, half a game, one quarter, one play, but his terrible play shows much to often to ever be a winning QB. I was so surprised at how accurate his throws were today, and then, oh wait... it's the same QB. Silly me. Maybe not totally to blame for this loss, but last time I check our defense doesn't throw the ball, Gailey doesn't throw the ball, and neither does Nix. That and his career game was against the Titans, so call me when he has a career day without screwing it up against a quality opponent, or someone in our division.
Now Gailey and Nix. So as many have said, the game is "won in the trenches". Is it? Really it is? You sure about that? Because we sure have put a lot of time, money, draft picks and effort into improving both of our lines, and last time I checked, we still are really bad. If we spend one more freaking draft pick or free agent dollar on a lineman of any sort, we deserve to lose. We should be able to win with the guys we have, as all are pretty darn talented. But yet, hasn't made a bit of difference. The playcalling has been questionable often, the team is supposedly "unprepared" pretty regularly (since Gailey always blames himself after losses), and well after EVERYONE accepting responsibility for the last three years for ALL of our losses, well somewhere along the line these guys are to blame pretty heavily. Especially when you have a coach who has admitted he doesn't have the answers after losses, and says he is in "new territory". Nope, not new territory, pretty much the same territory. And FYI, if you really don't know the answers, don't ever say that, and instead just work behind the scenes to find the answers. Gailey is shot, he too has maxed out his ability with this team.
So what's left? Ok, get us a Quarterback prospect first thing, in 2013, first round choice. Trade up if you have to, I don't care. Trade up massively if you have to (although we may not have to since this win will most likely trigger a massive losing streak). It is a complete joke that we have not spent a legitimate draft pick on a QB throughout this rebuilding with this regime. Actually, it is probably one of the few new regimes to come in and KEEP the QBs that were already on the team! And what is even more surprising, is that Edwards was obviously broken and not fixable, and Fitzpatrick was/is a freakin career backup/journeyman, and yet they still believed that 1) Edwards at some point had the ability to win for the team and 2) Fitzpatrick has the ability to win for this team (FYI he doesn't, his talent is completely maxed out as I've posted before, let's stop kidding ourselves people, and stop putting off the inevitable of getting a real QB). That and we just have fingers pointing every which way when it comes to choosing a backup. Just think if they put that much time into trying to decide who our QB of the future should be!
Linebacker and Receiver: Take your choice, although I'm leaning Linebacker here. And I think it should be our 2nd pick next year AND addressed in Free Agency. And we need a Linebacker what wants to run all over the freakin field and make plays endlessly. We need to spend legitimate picks on both positions as far as I'm concerned. Although, to our Receivers credit, Fitzpatrick should be thanking them all profusely for the last 6 games because of his terrible passes that they still come up with. Be honest, Fitzpatrick wouldn't have nearly the same stats if it weren't for our Receivers grabbing throws well behind, above, around, low, or wherever else he throws. So maybe they aren't as bad as we think, but we still need a true big-time threat there.
This loss is going to be a bigger downward point for this team than any over the past three years. And hopefully we don't start winning pointless games at the end of the season after we are well out of playoff contention, and we can actually end up with a decent draft pick and use the pick in the right way.