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I know we want to blame the refs for the heartbreaking loss on Saturday... And yes that was a TD by Lehman but... We let Taylor Martinez convert way too many 3rd and long opportunities... Our defense could not get off the field when we had them in a 3rd and long situation... Had we been better in those situation, the game would of never came down to the refs...
I agree with this. We did not do a good job of contain on the outside... but also Martinez is one hell of an athlete.
I also think 3rd and long applies to the offensive side of the ball as well... as in we were in too many of them. In the games that we dominated offensively, we lived on 3rd/4th and short. This game, it seemed as if we were ALWAYS in 3rd and 7 or longer. We did poorly on 1st and 2nd down in this game.
Some of can be attributed to the fact that Zwinack had to come out early and the injury to Carter. But it didn't appear as if the play calls changed to account for this. Too many long developing plays in which the rush finally got to McGloin or he was missing targets beyond the sticks. I would have liked to see more shorter plays to the TE, bubble screens, etc.
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