Many people consider bad weather, like the rain we had on Sunday, to be the “great equalizer.” Slippery balls are harder to throw and catch, wet fields are harder to get traction on, etc.
But I don’t pay attention to it. Neither does Marty, our OC. We were able to go out there and throw the ball in the first half; even with trying to establish the run early.
When it comes to weather, you can overthink it but what are you really going to do though? By the time the game comes around, you’re just trying to execute the play, and the rain really isn’t on your mind. They do a good job of keeping the balls dry.
It didn’t really come down too bad in the second half. I think I can count on one hand, the number of rain games I’ve played at home early in 10-11 years, so to have two in the first few weeks is a little uncharacteristic of Baltimore weather for this time of year. But it is what it is.
In our division, you’re always going to be dealing with some weather. So, you’ve got to be able to step up to the plate and get the job done. Dealing with weather is just part of playing football.
Falling behind early, like we did, wasn’t good, of course. But we had plenty of time to get back in the game. At some point during a 16-game season, you’re going to be behind. It’s going to happen. But you can’t worry about it.
You just have to go out there and execute; let the game come to you and that’s what we were able to do.
I have to give the offensive line a ton of credit for a job well done. We have a lot of tough guys up front. When you play a team like we did last week and then you play a team like we did this week, and those guys hold up the way they did—it’s impressive. You give a ton of credit to Von. He’s able to get in there and make a ton of plays that can change a game when you look at him on film.
That was big--- not letting him be a factor. We had a plan for that obviously. But at the end of the day, it’s really just up to those guys up front being able to get the job done one-on-one.
All in all—it was a pretty good game for us. We did a lot of things well and can do a lot of things better. We’ll watch the film, learn what we can learn, and start getting ready for the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.