ORIGINAL: Mark Anderson
ORIGINAL: Dana Turner
This second half feels so inert to me. Maybe it is because I can hardly stay awake, but it's almost like the decision to take a knee at the end of the first half after the Theilen fumble was like the team punting the game.
Like I wonder if that decision deflates a team. Sorry guys, you can't be trusted to do anything with thirty seconds and two time-outs. The other team is too dangerous to risk playing a full game against. Let's just try to get out of here alive, collect our pay checks and get to the safety of the offseason.
How can a coach expect his players to go all out for him when he doesn't even trust them at the end of the half?
Still playing catch up to how the game is played today. Why is it taking Zimmer so long to catch up?
The end of the first half was ridiculous beyond belief, but also a reminder of who Zimmer is.
Yea, this isn't knew for Zimmer and it is obviously who he is. I think he is a solid defensive minded coach, but it appears he is not wired for offensive applications. History is full of coaches that make better coordinators than HC's. Perhaps Zim is one of those, not a knock on him, just an observation.
Way too many mistakes to beat a quality team, that is also becoming a trait for this staff (lack of discipline), and that isn't a good thing either!
I'm not a guy to run around calling for a coach to be fired or anything like that, but you have to look at the body of work and see if a guy is growing or not. Zimmer has a large body of work for the decision makers to assess, take a good hard look. Can he be the guy? So far, his teams have had a lot of games they simply weren't prepared to play, think Wade Phillips, great coordinator, not so much of a head coach.
13-10 about to go up 16 or 20-10 and the maybe League MVP fumbles and this is somehow not having our guys ready to play. We were outplaying them up until the fumble.
4th and 1 decision is what the naysayers have been clamoring for and it backfired. Still held them to FG. Then Diggs stops on crossing pattern and we want to blame that on Zimmer too.
Beat DET. Regroup and get everyone healthy and go on a run after bye.
No Mark, that isn't the point I am trying to make. I didn't reference AT's fumble, I make reference to the way too many mental mistakes this team is making. That is about being prepared. The Saints committed a turnover, but they played a much more disciplined game, you have to see that. Again, I'm just looking at the body of work, Zimmer is a fine defensive coordinator, just not so sure he inspires the team to play to a higher level.
You are right, the season isn't over and we just got beat by one of the best teams in the league. We can win enough games to make the playoffs, I'm just wondering if we have the balls to step out there an play when it's on the line, haven't seen much of that in the past few years.