After watching the first team squad in action against the Bills, this is what I deduced:
*Ponder wasn’t as bad as ESPN portrayed him to be:
Ponder’s line was 5-12 for 53 yards. It could have easily been better. The clear drop by Rudy (it’s OK buddy we forgive you) the PI on Simpson (again) the long pass to Wright (which was a PI) and the sideline pass that Jennings dropped (he has caught that sideline pass in the past many times.) Throw in a couple throwaways and you have a stat that would read 9-12 115 yards.
*O-line was not ready for the Blitz:
Frazier addressed this to the media after the game…it is what it is, hopefully we will be better prepared when the games count.
*Defense and special teams looked good:
For the most part, they played solid in the run and pass not allowing much yardage for the home team.
I know Walsh missed a long FG (49 yards) but he is human.
*Musgrave needs to fight back:
In-game adjustments will be key for Musgrave’s offense going forward. He simply needs to have a counter-punch on his index card.
*Other notes and observations:
This is preseason-throw the ball deep-often!
If there is a clear offsides by the opposing D, throw the ball deep and try for a quick score-nobody was better at this than Elway.
Ponder to Jennings, PLEASE!
Next week we play the 49ers…lets hope our offense puts a few good drives together and we knock Kappey down early and often.
Lastly, lets all remember these are preseason games…take a deep collective breath, and know that Frazier has a game plan when the season kicks off in Detroit.