Coming off our first outdoor game of the season, one of only three this year, we took a big blow in losing not only the game but our starting quarterback also. Tempers flared which led to some fights, an ejection, and penalties. One reason is that we played our most physical game of the year and stuffed the run. This is a great place to start and must build off of this. We still have work to do, but I can't break it down any further than that because that is not my place. I have confidence in the players on the field that we can still be a great defense. We have all the pieces but we must continue to work and come together to make a unit. As for my current role on special teams I continue to learn off the more game reps I get. I started again on KO, KOR, and PR. You can't duplicate game reps and when they happen is the only time you figure out what techniques truly work and don't. NFL blocking on special teams is almost the opposite of what you think. Instead of pushing someone out of the runners way, they grab and pull you in close to them as they drive you. Notice I say grab instead of hold haha, it's an art. Whatever you call it, defeating and applying these blocks are something I continue to work on. We won the special teams battle overall and as we face more teams I continue to be impressed with our tenacity. We have to keep working hard and it will pay off in the end... keep chipping away like the parable of the stone cutter, will have to explain that one later.
Prayers go out to Sam and his family as he begins the road to recovery. As a team we must pull together, step up our play, and keep playing. Kellen Clemens will lead this team and we have confidence that he is ready to step in and take the reigns. I am excited to be back home this week and playing Monday Night Football! Whether there is a full house stadium or us just on the practice field, we are ready to play and find a way to win.
-Student of the Game