Miscues on routine plays doom Rush as winning streak ends at four
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media May 4, 2013 10:14PM
Updated: June 6, 2013 7:25AM
The Rush’s penchant for making spectacular plays will help the team win games, but its players shouldn’t be foolish enough to think that allows them the luxury of botching routine tasks.
When the Rush hosted the Philadelphia Soul Saturday at Allstate Arena, it made as many highlight-worthy catches as routine mistakes in a 72-41 loss.
The defeat ends a four-game winning streak for the Rush (4-3).
Trailing by 10 with 40 seconds left in the first half, the Rush had a chance to gain momentum on a fourth-and-goal play from the five-yard line. But quarterback Carson Coffman overthrew an open receiver in the end zone. On the ensuing possession, Philadelphia scored a touchdown to end the half.
Instead of potentially starting the second half with the ball and trailing by 3, the Rush faced a 17-point deficit from which it couldn’t recover.
“Our quarterbacks, both of them, need to step up and get better,” Rush coach Bob McMillen said. “If not, we’ll find somebody else that will. I’m tired of playing games every week with our quarterbacks.
“We got outclassed in all three phases of the game: coaching, offense, defense. Flat out.”
The Rush had a chance to seize control of the game early.
On the game’s first possession, Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh gift-wrapped an interception for Rush defensive back Jorrick Calvin, who had the ball slip through his hands in the Rush’s end zone.
On the ensuing play, Raudabaugh connected with Ryan McDaniel for the game’s first touchdown. Philadelphia’s kickoff hit the crossbar and was recovered by the Soul
(3-3), which scored on the next play on Derrick Ross’ 10-yard touchdown run.