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Old 01-04-2010, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default 2009 season a total failure

Here's my grades for the year....

Coaching F

- special teams a total disaster from the start and Tomlin failed to react or change anything.
- play calling suspect most of the season
- game plans were poorly thought out against BAD competition
- Underachieved w/ plenty of talent
- unable to motivate or rally players to even beat the worst of teams
- given the easiest schedule we've had in a long long time and still could not come up with game plans to beat the likes of the Browns, Chiefs, Bears, and Raiders.
- made promises and threats but never backed up anything said.
- Team for the most part not prepared
- Struggled to score points with your QB having a career season....2 SB mvp WR's, elite TE, good RBs...etc underachieved offensively and defensively.

Offense - C+

- racked up a lot of yards but shot them selves in the foot repeatedly against poor competition.
- struggled to score points against poor competition.
- inconsistent
- abandoned the run often.
- often one dimensional
- players shined all over the offense yet we struggled to score
- game plan was flawed often


Ben - A-
- Had a career year.
- had a couple stinkers but kept us respectable with amazing play
- carried the offense on his back....because Arians put it on his back.

RB's - C+
- Mendy came into his own. Very impressive YPC and had a career year
- Parker struggled to stay healthy..showed his age but never gave up. Looked strong down the stretch. Moore was very good.
-very inconsistent
- struggled to step it up when the passing game needed them
- hand cuffed by poor play calling.

TE's - A-
- Heath had a career year.

WRs - A-


- Holmes had a very good year....bad drop in Chicago was costly but a career year none the less

- Ward showing once again why he's arguably the best over all WR in the NFL...and a future HOF'er.

- Wallace was a pleasant surprise and arguably one of the best rookies in the NFL. A future star.

O-line - C
- improved pass blocking but still not great.
- Poor run blocking.
- struggled to get push often
- put in tough situations by Arians but often held their own

Defense - C+
- Injuries to Smith and Troy were nearly devastating.
- Could not stop anything in the 4th quarter, but solid the first 3 qts???
- - Played fairly well in the first half of games
- When the defense did keep us in games offense struggled and vice verse.

D-line - C
- Loss of Smith really hurt
- Hampton solid but not as spectacular as were used to
- 1st round pick Hood unspectacular

LB's - B-

- Harrison looked great in the 1st half of the season
- Woodley looked great in the 2nd half of the season
- Farrior struggled w/ pass coverage
- Timmons struggled to stuff the run and was inconsistent.

Secondary - F
- Loss of Troy was devastating
- Ike was solid till Troy got hurt ...and then fell apart. unable to make any big plays all season. Could not stop anyone.
- Gay was a target and could not stop anyone. Looked 3 steps slower then everyone he covered.
- Ike and Gay were flat out horrible. When the pass rush needed them they were no were to be found.
- We found out why Carter is not a starter
- Clark was OK but with out Troy tried to do too much and made some mistakes.

Special teams - F ----
- So bad they made the record books
- Missed FGs in Chicago potentially cost us the playoffs
- Poor kick offs
- Horrible coverage
- contributed to every loss this season

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:09 AM   #2
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Moore was very good? i didnt even know he was in the game

He filled the role asked of him and when given the chance was solid. What more could you ask from your #3 RB?
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:24 AM   #3
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pickup blitzes better Big Roeth was the most sacked Qb again

They improved as the season wore on..... Ben's style of play also caused more sacks then most QBs. Ben refuses to dump the ball off or throw it away.

Not to mention the fact that Arians one dimensional / predictable offense makes is MUCH easier for opposing defenses to sack your QB. The best O-line in the league would struggle to perform if put in those situations. Put an average at best O-line like ours in those positions and you end up w/ 50 sacks. Most teams given their QB a dump off to avoid sacks. Ben either isnt given a dump off option or he just fails to use him. A combination of both I suppose.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:41 AM   #4
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Secondary - F
- Loss of Troy was devastating
- Ike was solid till Troy got hurt ...and then fell apart. unable to make any big plays all season. Could not stop anyone.
- Gay was a target and could not stop anyone. Looked 3 steps slower then everyone he covered.
- Ike and Gay were flat out horrible. When the pass rush needed them they were no were to be found.
- We found out why Carter is not a starter
- Clark was OK but with out Troy tried to do too much and made some mistakes.

CB's had two picks all year. In the last game. Where was Keiwan Lewis and and Joe Burnett? CB's were a real problem.

Tyrone Carter is not a Troy imposter. He just sucks. except for the Denver game. Generally, he sucks.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:56 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2009 season a total failure

I don't know.... I don't think you can call a winning season (even if it's just barely a winning season) a total failure. Yes, it was a disappointment, but I'll take 9-7 (with some impressive wins over playoff teams like Green Bay, San Diego and Minnesota) over a 2-14 or 4-12 season any day. Yes, the losses sucked, especially since so many were to bad teams. But those bad teams have also stepped it up at times and beat good teams. Oakland beat Cincy and Philly. KC just blew out Denver, even though the playoffs were on the line for the Broncos. Tampa Bay beat New Orleans and Green Bay. Nothing is certain in the NFL.
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:15 AM   #6
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huge disappointment, i know we expect alot but we should, thats the standard theyve set...coaching staff was very disappointing, i hope we see some changes quickly
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He filled the role asked of him and when given the chance was solid. What more could you ask from your #3 RB?
No he didn't. he had an off year too! Maybe because he wasn't in there enough but just the same. Mostly put in t ofair catch punts.
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Default Re: 2009 season a total failure

Special teams - F ----
- So bad they made the record books
- Missed FGs in Chicago potentially cost us the playoffs
- Poor kick offs
- Horrible coverage
- contributed to every loss this season

You forgot to mention that Logan was a bright spot,or didn't you see that?
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:30 AM   #9
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Default Re: 2009 season a total failure

it was 2006 all over again.. everything from the inconsistency to the devastating injuries.. to losing to a horrible Raiders team.. to missing out on the playoffs by a game.

all in all i think the ratings are pretty accurate.. although special teams doesn't deserve an F with Logan returning and other than one horrible game, Reed was solid all year for us. they deserve a C-.. piss poor coverage all year, especially the first half of the season when they gave up a touchdown almost every game. poor Logan never got any kind of decent blocking on punt returns. he had a free runner coming at him on nearly every punt. we finished 8th overall in kick return (0.2 yds avg behind the Browns and Cribbs) but only 18th on punt returns. i couldn't find stats on return defense, but i am sure we are near the bottom.
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All four teams that earned first-round byes a year ago failed to qualify for the postseason.

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