Monday, November 8, 2010
What I think they're thinking (or should be)
By Paul Kuharsky
What I think they’re thinking (or should be) in the headquarters of the four AFC South teams…
The bounces and the calls don’t go our way, and sometimes we just seem powerless to change them. Even so, if we could play some more reasonable pass defense, then players like Seyi Ajirotutu wouldn’t shred us with four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns. We’ll talk about moving forward confidently and being only a game off the pace. But there have to be a good share of guys thinking, as so many fans and analysts are, that we are the same old team with the same old issues going the same place. And that place sure doesn’t feel right now like it’s going to be a playoff game.
We expect Peyton Manning to be heroic in games like the one we just played in Philadelphia. But realistically, considering our injuries, losses like this one are bound to come. Our guys will repeat over and over how the injury list isn’t an excuse. But there has to be a point at which, at least subconsciously, they think they are approaching some sort of critical mass. We should beat Cincinnati. But after that comes a trip to New England, and a game against San Diego. There is no pause ahead. Or can we petition for a second bye week?
What a lovely weekend off. We rested, recharged and watched both the Texans and Colts lose. We’ve got nice win over Indianapolis on our résumé, but lost badly to Tennessee. Now it’s time to start to get ready for our first game against Houston. We’re 8-8 all time against the Texans, and we swept them last year. We share a problem with them, however, in the form of pass defense. But the way David Garrard and Matt Schaub are playing, our guy can easily outplay their guy. If he does, we feel confident we’ll leave EverBank Field next Sunday with a 5-4 record.
What a lovely weekend off. We rested, recharged and watched both the Texans and Colts lose. Now, as we prepare for a trip to Miami, we’re going to be the biggest story in the league as we start to assimilate Randy Moss into our offense. A lot of people on the outside are talking like he’ll just drop in, increase our potency and turn us into the division favorites. We all know it will take a lot of hard work to make it work. Our decision-makers judged him to be up for his share of that. The rest of us need to do our parts.