Originally Posted by TonyR
Yes, the Raiders fumble was "stupid", but was really just a mistake that ended badly. But I don't see how the fumble against the Pats was "stupid". It was really a perfect play by the defender and could've/would've happened to just about anyone.
I think the real issue here is emotion. Those fumbles turned big, positive plays, which DT himself had a big role in making, into negative plays. So as fans we go from elation to getting punched in the gut.
Yes, those fumbles count against DT's performance. But I'm not sure they're enough to warrant his superb overall body of work thus far this season an average grade. If DT is average I wish we had a whole team of average players!
No, he should know they're going to try and punch the ball out. That happens all the time in high school games.