Today’s scrimmage for me was literally a view from the stands—it was held in Sun Devil Stadium instead of the practice field.
Fortunately that meant not having to hear the self named “Sideline Gang” complaining about people standing in front of them while they sit in their chairs.
Another plus was the fact that we (my friend, my brother-in-law, and I) got to experience a view we likely never will be able to afford, even better than the seats I would get when I was in the Sun Devil Marching Band. (Whoops! Did I just admit that I was in the band? I guess so.)
I was in the band during the 1995 and 1998 seasons and my buddies give a lot of flack for it. At least I can say that I have played on the field at Sun Devil Stadium. I just have to omit that I played the trumpet. Also, a side note to a side note, when I was in the band, we had killer seats at the 20-yard line. Now, the poor saps are stuck in the end zone.
The one downside was that instead of hearing up close and personal the hits on the field or things the players or coaches say (such as what I heard CB Deveron Carr say about WR George Bell last week ), the funny conversations that took place were between my buddies and I, and probably ought not to be repeated here.
In any case, this is what I got out of the scrimmage today:
1. In what has been surprising to me and many others, Brock Osweiler is pulling a little ahead of Stephen Threet in the battle for the starting QB job.
Between my buddies and I, we thought that it would likely be Threet. But, Threet’s passes during the scrimmage were frequently just a little off of where they should have been—mostly low.
Osweiler looked good, appearing to make better reads through his progression and he was able to connect for three scores.
2. The offense is making great progress. I believe that I can stick to what I said last month about the feeling I have about this year’s offense . In only one week, the offense went from being unable to do much against the defense to moving the ball quite well.
I really think that there will be some points scored.
The offensive line is playing better than anytime I can remember in the past three seasons. I’m really looking forward to what will happen after all of spring and summer.
3. It appears that Jamal Miles is going to be this year’s Kyle Williams—equally breathtaking and gut-wrenching. Last year, Williams had me in awe at least once a game. He would also do something once a game that made me want to light myself on fire.
Miles has that vibe. He is the team’s “home run threat.” He made one catch while lying flat on his back and had a couple of great looking runs. But then he also didn’t reach out to make a catch on a play when he knew he was going to get hit. He also dropped a couple of well thrown balls down the field.
So get the heartburn medicine ready, just in case.
4. As for the socks that Samson Szakacsy was wearing last week, it seems that it was just because he was not fully participating in drills. Today he had socks like the rest of the guys. (I know you all were wondering about this important issue).
5. With all the progress made on offense, there is still much to do. There were at least three times where the ball was thrown to a receiver who was not even looking for a pass his way. From the reactions of the coaches and QB, it seemed to be a receiver issue.
6. I thought that a player got hurt twice. Turns out that it was two different players with No. 77. Neither looked as if it were serious.
That’s about it. We are looking forward to the official spring game in two weeks. On a related note, we are working on pregame barbecue plans. We haven’t decided yet if it will be a full family affair with the wives and combined nine children among us (who would not be going to the game with us) or keep it with just the guys. What do you think? Let me know via email , tweet , or on Facebook .
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