Re: starting field position
Very good points made by everyone. Yes, I would like to know how many times we had a first down on the other teams 35 yard line and didn't score because of a sack or holding call took us out of FG range. It seemed like it happened all the time.
Also a good point was made about the defense, it seems that a lot of times the other team was backed up inside their 20 and although they didn't score, they drove the ball out to midfield and then pinned us back deep with the punt. We always seemed to be on the losing end of the field position being swapped.
Of course special team penalties killed us all year. When Brown broke loose for a couple of big returns this year, I just sat in my seat quietly because I knew it was coming back for a penalty. Plus Brown added to the problem by fumbling, not fielding the punt and letting it roll 30 yards etc.