Posted August 30, 2013

I'M not bummed that we lost our final preseason game to the Jets. I'm not bummed that the story of the night is the 3rd string rookie QB that beat us. I'm not even upset that we lost to a rookie 2 spots behind Mark Sanchez.

What has me gutted is that last night we looked like we were trying to win that game.

The Falcons went 0-4 this preseason using the games as a roster review and as a teaching tool, so those losses you brush aside. My other team the Raiders went 1-3 trying to win those games, but it's no secret that that house is under renovation and there is currently plastic sheeting covering the exposed back of that house right now. Those losses you can almost (almost) disregard.

Chip Kelly said prior to Game 1 that he'd be running pretty vanilla, Mike Vick said it would be vanilla, Howie Roseman said they wouldn't be running their offense and would be keeping things very simple. Instead, Kelly came out running a no-huddle, and even called an EARLY deep route for DJax in that game. That was a blatant strike at Belichik's jugular, and it was clear that Kelly wanted that game. Until it got out of hand.

In fact, it's been pretty clear that Kelly has wanted to win these games. (As he should've. Who wants to lose, right?) The thing is, we've had to play pretty tough to beat some pretty dysfunctional ball clubs recently. Even in February when I was more down on Chip Kelly, you couldn't have sold me on 4-12 again. Like I said recently, that level of 'Fail' was almost an accomplishment to begin with. To duplicate it would indicate that more than just the roster and coaching staff was at fault in recent years. Now if someone was to say 4-12 to me I'd be slow to argue.

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