Say you’re Dom Capers.
You’ve spent the last seven months reading about how your defense just wilted against experienced quarterbacks last year. You’ve spent the entire offseason hearing about how multiple receiver sets gave your secondary fits and that miscommunication was rampant throughout the playoff game against the Cardinals.
You no doubt have studied and broken down hours upon hours of tape, trying to crack the code of why your defense had these problems. You’ve spent countless hours preparing and teaching, starting with OTAs, through Mini-Camp and right on up to Thursday nights practice, honing the nuances of what you are sure are going to be the answers to this riddle.
And then, on the first play of the first preseason game, you see this:
I mean, it’s got everything!
Lots of chatter and waving of arms before the snap of the ball. Guys moving around with what LOOKS like purpose. The quick release, easily negating Woodson’s blitz. The uncovered receiver running wide…open…off the line without any apparent thought of covering him, save for poor Tramon Williams who gets caught in no-mans-land.
It was truly everything we saw in Arizona. Like we never left.