Short issue this week, since it's (a) the bye week and players are sprinting off the field and peeling out of the parking lot as soon as practice is over and (b) there wasn't much presented on the message board that I actually could ask the players without being punched. (And they'd be right to punch me.)
So I decided to go with the safety issue. (Double meaning there, my own personal safety and the position on the field.)
Adam Archuleta on third and long in the first quarter, Joey Giggs said: "There go our safeties. Who would have ever thought this would be our weak spot on D?" Volleydog said: "Manning and Archuleta: We really couldn't find anyone better to play safety?"
So I decided to ask them if they've pinpointed a consistent problem or if it's just all going wrong.
Defensive backs coach Steven Wilks: "We definitely know it's inconsistency. It could be a combination of things. The one thing right here is being a little bit more physical at the point of contact. We have to use our hands to get off blocks, things like that.
I think we have to make sure we have proper angles to the football. The corners have to do their job as far as getting the re-route, forcing the receiver inside. The biggest thing right now is playing with vision, locating the receiver before we break. Once again, inconsistency has hurt us."
Archuleta: "It's hard to point my finger at the biggest issue. It's kind of a combination of things. It's always something. To single out one thing is really kind of difficult to do.
[The pass interference play] was overall a terrible play. Obviously, looking for the ball would have helped a lot. That's probably the single biggest thing I could have done.
When things aren't going right, people try to press and try to overcome, but it comes down to just taking care of your own responsibility."
Manning: "We just gotta play ball, man, that's what it boils down to. Fitting up well, wrapping up, making tackles, just having fun. We just gotta play with the energy we had years ago. We just gotta keep playing with that. I think we're living off of reputation now. We're back, though.
I could be doing things, trying to hard and putting myself into situations where I'm forcing too much. Bad things come from that. But you do have to take care of the [opportunities] that come to you.
We had that swagger last year and this year, I don't think we have it like we should have it. It's in there, we just haven't brought it out."
Happy bye week. Enjoy the Pats-Colts game, and if you aren't going to watch it, stop being petty, put the television on mute (make sure to take off closed captioning, as well) and enjoy what should be a good football game.