Okay well that sucked ... Big time. What i thought may have been a pretty straightforward game became very uncomfortable, very quickly.
Going into Mondays game i was down for the first time this season that i can remember & needing 6-7FPts from Coleman to be certain of a win. On another weekend i wouldnt have been overly concerned. Nervous, sure - but not overly so (he says ...
). Given what had happened to the lineup that week @LB however comfort was never going to be a factor and it brought something home to me ...
Whilst i'm focused solely on the post season and trying to win the league, i never considered that going unbeaten would be something i would be hoping to aspire to.
Its a vanity.
If you offered me an ugly 6-4 season, a play off spot and a championship id take it over a perfect season and losing at the last.
I'll tell you something though, despite all that i'll be the first to say i was swearing like a trooper at the screen when i checked in late sunday night at the thought of actually dropping a game. I wouldve been 8-1, big deal. But yeah, there i was
But taking nothing away from Turbodogs. That was a really close game and had he started Cameron Jorden (DE, NOS - 23 FPts this week) then thered be little i couldve done. Good game well played, sir.
Anyhoo ...Thoughts**LB almost killed us this week.
A supposed strength? Goes to show you aught take nothing for granted:
KJWright's concussion? Wright = 0Pts
Miami's inability or desire to rush more than 18 times. Freeman = 4Pts
Daryl Washington's lowest scoring game in 11 months. Washington = 11Pts
That meant our LBs scored (over 4 players) a miserable 35 FPts. Were it not for Donnie Butler's 20Pts, in this LB driven league itll put it into some sort of persective how badly we did and how close we came to dropping our first game this year.**The Dockett pickup was a lifesaver this week.
He did indeed manage to parlay QBs OL problems & QB hits into production and his 11 FPts (the same # as Daryl Washington produced and more than Demeco Ryans, Nick Barnett & TJ Ward) - half a sack, half a pts worth of TFLs, 2 x solos & 4 x assists. With the breadwinners (LBs) having a terrible week, those 11 FPts? It's no exaggeration to say it could easily have been our most important WW pickup of the year. Hard to believe i'll be kicking him to the roadside pretty quickly, but thats FF.**Believe in Brad ... .
Had i had the faith to start Brad Jones (GBP, ILB and benficiary of injuries to Des Bishop and then DJSmith), this wouldnt have been as close.** The unsexy spots didnt let us down (DT & CB).
They might not win you many games, but they CAN do it. Never take them for granted or get lackadaisical in whether you think its worth looking at the WW.**The Trevathan pickup wasn't a bad idea.
He put up 11Pts this week and showed he can be a good backup player. Be interesting to see how Fox and DJWIlliams plays out but im happy with the cost (a WW pickup) to be proven wrong. Alot of LBs popping up in the wake of a dearth of injuries - be intersting to see what Gary Guyton does to the snaps of another LB who was taken more widely last week (Ernie Sims) moving fwds. probably nothing, but hes a 2 down thumper specialist and he could be a rotational player.