David Boclair might think bringing in Hasselbeck was a mistake, but I'm not buying that. I'm with Munchack on this one: Hass has kept this team competitive with no running game and a limited passing attack, which is too much to ask of a rookie. I get that it's working for some other teams in the league, but outside of Cincy those teams are losing games in bunches and don't have a QB around who can be a legit mentor. Locker will be better for the time on the bench, and he'll be better prepared when his time comes.
If you thought the defense looked bad on Sunday, just wait until you see how Cam Newton and these Carolina TEs work the middle of the field. It might be the worst match-up outside of the Patriots for our fundamentally flawed D.
Oh yeah, and Carolina is coming off of a bye. That's awesome.
Jared Cook, Nate Washington and Lavelle Hawkins were all dinged up after last Sunday's game, but they're all expected to be ready to go on Sunday. Hawk's injury looks to be the worst, and it'll be interesting to see if a dislocated finger makes him even more mediocre.
Chris Hope will return to practice this week, and I'd expect he's active on Sunday but only plays in spots. Considering Babs hasn't been making those big plays for several weeks, Hope will probably get his job back in the Atlanta game.
PFF takes it easy on us by focusing on the stellar play of Cortland Finnegan and Michael Roos, though Ahmard Hall gets sideswiped by the time it's over.
PFW takes aim at our shaky 3rd down defense, though they do erroneously declare that we spent the 8th overall pick on Derrick Morgan last year...
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