Wow. Can you believe what took place yesterday? It was pretty spectacular to see the Rams thrive yesterday in every aspect of the game. The Defense was stellar, special teams was outstanding, and the offense was on point. Aside from the defense and their 5 turnovers, the story of the day was Tavon Austin. Finally, our first pick of last year's draft showed what he can really do. He cut up the Colt's D with his speed and agility, often looking like he wasn't even running at full speed. Tavon can look back at yesterday's game and think to himself "I dun good". But, Mr. Austin, for god's sake don't get to far ahead of yourself.
Austin was spectacular, no doubt about it. Over 300 yards, 3 TDs, yadda yadda you've read the stats a hundred times. He was the main reason we were able to embarrass the Colts at their home stadium. Take out his 2 receptions and Clemens has barely over 100 yards and no TDs (just to put the 'Clemens is better than Bradford' critics to rest). But it was just a week ago that everyone was still skeptical. Don't forget that Austin leads receivers in dropped passes, and before yesterday's performance was averaging just over 4 yards per catch (maybe 3 but who cares point is it wasn't impressive). While this 1 game may have changed the minds of critics who's opinions change every play, doesn't mean that he is finally the savior at WR this team so desperately is yearning for.
The headlines today kind of remind me of the announcers in a Madden game. A player will make a great play and you'll hear the announcer praise him saying he's gods gift to football. The next play he'll drop a pass and suddenly he is condemned and should never pick up a football again. The last 4 or 5 weeks (maybe all 9 even) critics have been blasting TA, saying he's a bust and would never live up to his hype. Now, one 300 game later, he is the rookie everybody thought he'd be. Well, Tavon ol' buddy, take that with a grain of salt. You can't get ahead of yourself.
I was amazed at how well Austin looked with the ball in his hands. On his 98 yard PR, he easily slipped past everyone. When it came to the last player (the punter), he turned on another gear and ran even faster, as if to say "I don't even need all my speed to return this kick". Again on his 81 yard TD, he caught the ball in space, and ran for the endzone, already knowing he would score before he was even past his own 35 yard line. When defenses watch this, they should shit their fucking pants. But that being said he needs to go into every game with the same mentality he went into yesterday. He should still be thinking about everyone that called him a bust, and keep being a play maker.
I love Tavon. He has the potential to be deadly. But one game doesn't change the fact that he has struggled this far. Everyone remember Cook's first game. Everyone remember Cooks last 9? One game doesn't define a player. Yesterdays game doesn't define Austin, however it was a step in the right direction. And man, was it fun to watch.