It's amazing how much better a team can do when there isn't four or five turnovers. The whole defense played better this week. I seen mostly a four three D with the occasional blitz. We didn't try to get too fancy like we did last week and I think it helped out a lot. I still think we need to rush at least five if not six on passing downs. We are still not applying much pressure rushing four men. Our D-line did play better this week than the last two weeks. Having Marcus Bell and the new guy Derrick Ransom in there gave us more speed and strength on the line. I think the Ransom pickup is going to be a good one for us. He looked not only big and strong but has good agility and speed for a DT. I wonder if when Wakefield comes back the Cards will put Ransom in the DT rotation instead of LDE like they had him in the Greenbay game. From the look's of things I think Dennis Johnson
will be our LDE. He is playing better and better.
Calvin Pace- Grade B He is playing hard and is getting some pressure on the QB. He had Favre but good on one play. He was all over the field, tackling guy's from behind and on the other side of the field. He has got the fire inside that's for sure.
Barron Tanner- Grade B The big man I thought had a good game. He was playing hard and got some penetration.
Marcus Bell- Grade B+ He did well his first week back. His strength and speed helped this line do much better this week. I still think he is the Card's best DT. Him and Bryant give us two guy's in the middle along with Ransom that can give us a pass rush from the inside.
Derrick Ransom Grade B+ This guy looks like he is going to be a good player for us. Athleticly he looks like a cross between Marcus Bell and Wendal Bryant. With his addition I no longer think we need to draft a DT in next years draft. The rotation of Bell,Bryant,Ransom,King,Tanner and Davis I think is a strong one.
Russell Davis- Grade C He should be providing a better rush with his speed. If Davis spent more time in the weight room and got stronger he could be a very good DT. Right now he is getting stopped at the line to much and not holding his ground. His strength is being a one gap lineman.
Dennis Johnson- Grade B He's playing hard. I am glad to say I don't think he is a bust. From what I have seen so far I think all he needs is more playing time to improve. If he had more speed he would be dangerous because he looks like he has the rest of the package.
Ray Thompson - Grade A. The way he is playing I think he will be the first guy that Graves tries to re-sign this year. He is all over the field and playing like a mad man.
Ron McKinnon- Grade B- I thought he had a better game this time. He is not much help in coverage. If the Card's are gonna keep him as their starter I would like to see him play the run and blitz more. I would keep him close to the line period.
Levar Fisher-Grade B- He is coming along nicely. If he can stay healthy I think we have our strong side starter. He had a nice blitz where he caught the runner in the backfield this game. I would take turns sending Raynoch and him on blitzes more.
James Darling- Grade B I thought he played good when he was in there.
David Barrett- Grade B He play's hard and tackles well and did pretty good in coverage. I think he is playing to far off his man though. I don't know if he was told to do that so that he wouldn't give up anything deep. I think he need's to be a little more agressive.
- Grade A I thought he was all over the field. He made play's against the run and pass. He look's good in every aspect of his game.
Adrian Wilson- Grade B He played better this week. I hope he keeps improving.
Other corners- Played better but need to step up more.