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**** yeah!!!!!!!!!! wooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got into this game more than any other game I've watched. The first half we completely dominated them and then they decided to piss the game away until halfway through the 4th quarter. **** was pissing me off. Guys rallied though and pulled it off though.
So, it will take a few days to digest this loss. I mean, we were so close, only to fall so short. Some questionable calls, decisions, etc. But I'm not going to dwell on that too much.
I think our needs are as followed.
- A reliable, veteran Corner. Too many times tonight Santonio Holmes ran rampant on DRC, and Rod Hood continued to look lost. Growing pains at the wrong time. I would also like to add a corner via our 2nd, 3rd or 4th round draft pick. Jairus Byrd out of Oregon is one kid I'm really starting to like.
- Left Tackle. Mike Gandy, another player who played brilliant at times in the regular season, but had a pedestrian playoffs. You have to contemplate moving up to get one of the big four, I think. I'd especially like Oher, I don't know why he's falling down people's boards.
- I'd like to add a stud linebacker or defensive end like Terrell Suggs. Our defense has done well in the post-season with the line we have, and I think Darnell Dockett could become a top 5 defensive tackle with a guy like Suggs absorbing double teams.
- Running back. A given, even though Edge and Hightower are both fairly reliable. A quick, dynamic guy change of pace type of back such as Rashad Jennings out of Liberty would be great.
- Kick return specialist. Either in the draft, or in Free Agency. I'd really like to go out and get Darren Sproles. He would give our offense and ST yet another dynamic option. Unlikely, but I can dream.
The boys played a great game. Sure they had their moments where they absolutely sucked, but I still thought they played pretty good. I was fuming when Warner threw that interception at the end of the half, I seriously wanted to chop his arm off, but he made up for it later. I think it was DRC that was covering Holmes, and he probably had one of his worst games of the year. A lot of the catches Santonio had were right off the line of scrimmage and everytime DRC let him have the space. The Cards DE's were almost non-existant as well. I never saw Antiono Smith the entire game, and LaBoy had one play I remember. Dockett was about the only good thing on the Cards D-Line today with the exception of Watson who I thought had a pretty good game.
Great game. A shame Warner threw that pick at the end of the half. He obviously saw Breaston with the inside move and didn't believe Harrison would be in coverage instead of rushing. And then that return.
Where was the Cards d-line? Fart Box the only one who came to play at the SB? LBs were a mixed bag. Chike had half a dozen tackles, along with Dansby who added a pick.
Too many penalties, with the Cards spotting the Steelers 75+ yards (I'm not counting Woodley's PF at the end).
Levi Brown did NOT look like a #6 pick in the draft, Woodley punked him. Conversely, I thought Gandy did a fine job on Harrison.
I was feeling so up when the Cards got the Fitz TD, then so down when those fraggin Steelers pulled it out. They just did not look better than the Cards.
I thought DRC did a decent job. He had a couple impressive PDs and he had tight coverage on that Homes catch, which was in by two inches. The coaches are the ones having him play off the receivers like he was, not his own decision, as they didn't want Homes to bust one deep and wanted to force the Steelers to sustain drives, which most of the time they couldn't do.
The defense held the Steelers to 20 points, but they needed to force more than 3 punts. Breaston's good PR also wasted.
What will Dollar Bill do this off-season? The Cards are on the cusp of winning a championship, but if he screws around with the players even though the Cards have $41 mill in cap space, it'll set up a bad vibe. Boldin wants a new deal and obviously will hold out if he doesn't get it, Warner, Terrelle Smith, Bert Berry, Arrington and Beisel all UFA, right? The Old Cards let Warner and Berry go and trade Boldin for a thrid rounder. The New cards sign everybody back, have a solid draft and make win the division again next year. New or Old? Dollar Bill or Favored Son? We'll see.
Given Warner's season and his 371 in the SB, even with the bad pick, he's the type of guy that you keep. He's the Walter Payton Man of the Year, not some Mississippi hillbilly that keeps retiring and unretiring in a never end sage... ;D