Sorry folks. New boss at work equals less time to post. Should be back to normal now. In the meantime I missed a tragic Bills loss and a great Bears win. Jason Cambell went down, but Santana Moss finally looks healthy. And lo and behold despite choking to the Bills, Bucs and Eagles (not to mention other games), we’re still in the thick of the playoff hunt.
If we win out, we’re more than likely in. If we win out, we would hold the tie breaker against the Vikings, Lions, and Cards. And I’m not sure what the Saints tie breaker situation would be then (we currently don’t hold it, but if we win out, it might change since we didn’t play h2h). Either way, it is unlikely the Saints and Skins will both win out. The Saints play the inconsistent but sometimes dangerous Eagles, Cards, and Bears.
This, of course, brings us to whether we can win out. First up is the Giants. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve already beaten them once this year, plus we know how the Giants swoon in December. We’ve got a chance even with the roster in the shambles it is right now from injury/tragedy. Then we play the Vikings who are no better than us and our strength is stopping the run. This might set up a show down with the Cowboys in week 17 where we have everything to play for and they have nothing to play for. Given the hatred between the fans, the Cowboys may be tempted to give into their fans and play their starters the whole game, especially considering that they will have the bye week. But if cooler heads prevail, the Cowboys may do us the second favor of the season (after coming back against the Lions) and rest their starters.
So are we going to win out? Probably not. Can we? Sure thing. Oh, don’t those close losses come back to haunt us right now? Even excluding other issues, just our timeout management alone against the Bills and Packers are costing us the playoffs right now.
Details, folks. They’re the key. And the sad thing is one of the reasons we brought in Al Saunders two seasons ago was because Coach Gibbs thought he was missing details due to the clutter. What is the problem now, Coach? I’m not trying to get down on you. I’m loyal to the end, but I really have to wonder what the point is to neither call the plays nor successfully manage issues like timeouts, challenges, whether to go for it or not, etc.
You’re my coach for life, but how about we sort this out in the offseason shall we?