Well, that was fun, right?
The confusion on the defense over personnel on the first big third down of the game (which should be scripted) is a little concerning. But the defensive secondary isn’t as consistently in a position to make plays if their captain isn’t positioning them correctly. Rashard Johnson is making a strong case for a contract extension.
Mathieu was all over the field and undeterred by the terrible “flock” nickname that Charles Davis tried to hang on the #Birdgang. He’s a monster.
CJ1K was a special player yesterday. He warmed up the way-back machine the week of his 30th birthday and was able to exploit tight seams in the interior of the offensive line and the outside, as well as a strong performance as a receiver.
The San Francisco defensive front seven is not very good, but it still managed to give Veldheer fits. Veldheer gave up the first sack of the season as well as three penalties, at least one of which erased a beautiful catch by Michael Floyd.
The Cards rush offense had good totals (139 yards), but terrible rate statistics (3.8 YPC). Cooper wasn’t able to put together a third consecutive week of starting-caliber performance. He consistently was turned around, unable to locate someone to block, or on the ground. He also allowed the second sack on Palmer of the day which also could have resulted in a fumble.
Early rushes by Carlos Hyde were turned from possible stops for loss into significant gains by Bucannon’s tendency to go for the big hit instead of wrapping up and dragging down the ball carrier. This is a habit that coaches need to be imprinting on the young safety/linebacker.