Merlin's Magic: Week Ten

A fourteen point underdog, a team decimated by injuries and we come within a botched snap and/or a two point conversion from beating San Diego on the road. I have to give credit to the team and the coaching staff for an effort like this. This is a game we should not have been competitive in, yet we were and could have won. I was fine with the try for two at the end. We had some momentum and tried to capitalize on it. You could argue kicking the extra point and that would have been a decent play there. Just note that if we had another botched snap or lost in OT, the same folks that are killing Herm Edwards for going for two would be killing him for not going for two. They would be arguing: ’same old Herm, a conservative call’ or ‘why did we try to kick the extra point? We already botched one snap.’ or ‘last game, we never saw the ball in OT, why did he not try for two there?’ The point is that some folks have made up their mind on Herm and are looking for additional reasons to argue that he must go.

In my view, Herm and Carl Peterson are still playing for their jobs. Their stock has improved since the last game but more is needed to bring them back. Tyler Thigpen has been wonderful for us. I still am concerned about his transition to a more conventional offense, but his play is undeniably good. Mark Bradley has been a nice addition for us. We may have found our complement to D-Bowe and Tony G. This may be the signing we thought we had when we signed Devard Darling. It was nice to see Kevin Robinson returning kicks and punts. We need to find out what we have with him. Brian Johnston, alas, we hardly knew ye. Seventh round picks have a hard time staying on the roster if they keep getting hurt. Next year’s training camp will be huge for him. If he doesn’t light it up, well, I hope he got a good education.

Draft Watch

I am still keeping QB on my list of three first round areas of need (along with DE and MLB). However, it’s status in the first round is starting to shake a bit. Looking at the other teams, it looks like Detroit has the inside track to the first pick in the draft. If we still want a QB, we better hope that Bradford and Stafford, perhaps even Sanchez, are in the draft. The other team I would keep my eye on is the Raiders. We could be fighting for draft position with them.

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