Where to start when it comes to Sunday’s game—well, there are things we can do better, and we’ll be watching the film to see precisely what areas we need to focus on. But there were also quite a few things we did well.
Getting a touchdown on that first drive was huge. I mean, I don’t know how many third downs we converted there, but they’re a good third-down team and play really tight defense. It’s just one of those things.
Last week we weren’t able to do that at all. If we were able to do it one time, who knows what happens in that game. This week we go out there, we don’t bat an eye, and we make those plays.
We got good field position the next drive and went down and scored again. It was a great way to start the game against a really tough, physical defense.
I didn’t set out to find Crab early on. Honestly, I don’t think too much about that stuff. I don’t think about it in the way that ‘oh, man I’m going to him and people may be kind of down on him’ or whatever. He may need a little confidence. I wasn’t thinking about it in that way.
The first play-- it was one of those plays that, you know, we talk about during the week. Do we want to run a post? What do we want to do? Crab felt good about running the shake, and he did a great job getting open.
Even though we were down there on the six-yard line, it took a lot of confidence from Marty to call that play and trust the protection up front. So, there’s a lot that goes into that. Obviously, Mike was number one, but you never know where the ball’s going to end up.
We were not overly concerned about facing our former defensive coordinator, Dean Pees. Every team has their own couple wrinkles; things they try to do to get us to mess up. Our coaches do a great job of identifying those things for us throughout the week.
During games, I think the guys have done a great job of applying our plan and getting after it.
It was tough to see Alex Lewis go down. It’s a part of this game. I hope he’s OK. You know, I saw him after the play, and he looked like he was aware of everything and all that. I thought it might have been his shoulder because he kind of took his time going to a knee.
Obviously, we are thinking about Alex and hope that he’s doing alright. Last I heard, I think they said he might play this week.
Of course, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give our defense a little credit. I think those guys had something like 11 sacks. Incredible! When our defense plays that well, you almost feel obligated to get the win, so their effort doesn’t get wasted.
Overall, we played a pretty good game on both sides of the ball. But there is still plenty of room for improvement. We will learn everything we can from last week and hopefully apply those lessons in a way that helps us beat New Orleans this week.