After another game in which his team put up a solid defensive effort only to lose, Power coach Derek Stingley was quick to acknowledge where responsibility for his team's performance ultimately fell.
"All of that, regardless of what I'm saying, is on me as a coach," he said. "I have to make it work, I have to find the right recipe or the right mixture of players and the best structure of plays to make it work."
For much of this season, things haven't been able to work in harmony for the Power. A defense that ranks first in the Arena Football League in passing and total defense has been offset by an offense that, while sometimes productive, has been largely inconsistent.
It was a fundamental flaw that cost the Power a victory in a 42-37 loss to the San Antonio Talons Sunday at Consol Energy Center. The game was not quite as close as the final score might indicate.
Talons quarterback Nick Hill threw for 180 yards and five touchdowns in a game in which they were outgained by the Power by 44 passing and 39 total yards.
In all, the loss represented a missed opportunity for Power coaches and players alike.
"This was a game that we should have had, period," Stingley said. "I'm not taking anything away from San Antonio -- they're a physical team and they play well on defense. I just thought that our defense outmatched their offense."
Trailing, 21-17, at halftime, the Power (1-4) scored on its first offensive play of the second half, with quarterback Jordan Jefferson connecting with wide receiver Mike Washington for a 32-yard touchdown, the third between the two in the game.
From that point, however, the Talons (2-3) scored 21 unanswered points to extend the lead to 42-24 early in the fourth quarter. The Power would not score again for the next 22 minutes, when it got a touchdown with 3:57 remaining.
By that point, any realistic chance of a comeback had virtually vanished.
"We're in the fifth game right now and we have some guys making the same mistakes since training camp," Washington said. "At some point you've got to take self-responsibility and overcome those mistakes."
As it has for much of the season, the Power offensive line struggled to protect Jefferson, giving up four sacks while routinely giving him no more than three undisturbed seconds in the pocket.
For his part, Jefferson followed up his best performance of the season a week ago with a solid (if unspectacular) showing, completing 20 of 36 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two fumbles after his first turnover-free game in a win April 19 against New Orleans.
He was replaced in the fourth quarter by backup Shane Austin after an injury to his chest.
Washington led all receivers with 13 catches for 133 yards and four touchdowns.
Despite the lackluster start to the season, the Power is just a game behind the Philadelphia Soul for first place in its division and has a game Saturday against an Orlando Predators team that entered the day winless.
The players are accepting just as much responsibility for the team's shortcomings as Stingley, but like their coach, they see potential for a turnaround.
"We don't want to be 1-4, but it's early and we're not going to be worried as a team right now," defensive back Chris LeFlore said. "We just have to continue to progress and everything will be all right."
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