I just review the game stats and recap of this game. Looks like this is a good example of the type of defenses we will be seeing this year. We play the steelers and should learn from what happened to the titans today.
Our goals should be obvious but this is the way I think it should go.
Ball control-I have no problem with big plays and they will be required to keep the D's we face honest, but moving the chains on long drives in the first half will wear down the defenses and allow AP and CT to tear up teams in the 3rd and 4th. This also keeps the opposing QB's like Big Ben off the field. The less time they have the better we are. A fresher defense for us in the 3rd and 4th will mean more sacks and interceptions. Nothing seems more frustrating then watching the opposing offense pound the ball for 5 to 10 yards a crack in the 4th. This is when those very quick D-ends get tired of having a 350 pound OT lay on him for a long time.
The defense not the offense keeps us in the game-This may sound stupid but this is the way to the super bowl. Look at what the steelers do. The D keeps them in the game and by the end the O finds the way to win. We have the D to do this as long as we don't give up to early on the run game we should be in a position to win nearly every game this season. We will not win every game this season but we can be poised to win them. Once on a roll we will be hard to stop. Some teams will fold early but teams like the steelers will be in it to the end plus.
Reduce the stupid errors-There are going to be tipped balls the are intercepted and fumbles and penalties. To go the distance we need to keep these to a minimum. The games we lose this year will have more of these then the others. Everyone knows this and it appears the special teams have tried to take care of this as well. Look to the eagles game. Turn overs, special teams play cost us the game. Blowing coverage on a punt is going to happen a couple of times a year, nothing more if we want the playoffs....and more. Teams that turn the ball over to many times and can not play special teams do not make it past the first round of the Playoffs!
Coaching-I am not sure cutting Bobby Wade was the best thing to do. I sure handed receiver that does not drop the ball on the third down is worth something. Chris Walsh, Robert Palmer come to mind. I like Percy a lot, but if he drops 3 or 4 third and fives we are in trouble. If he makes the catches, as I believe he should, it was a great move. As much as Chilly irritates me, I see we have a team that can do all the things mentioned above. The offense has the ability to move the ball and make the big plays. The D seems solid, one weak spot would be rookie safety, but that is not huge. With Favre running the O we should be in good shape. I believe that TJ should be running the Wild cat every time. We may lose some on the element of surprise but we gain as TJ's speed on the outside, without putting Farve in a injury position.
There you have it a very obvious way to win and what I believe most championship teams do.