Re: 7-3? We should be 10-0!
posted at 11/23/2011 4:09 PM EST
In Response to 7-3? We should be 10-0!
[QUOTE]Throughout this season, the Pats Defense has been the whipping boy for this team's woes and, understandably, they were the ones to blame. But ever since the second half of the Steelers games, this Patriots defense has been the strength of this unit. Yeah, I said it! No, I'm not senile, no I'm not drunk...yet. =) What was once a defense that allowed, on average, 336 yards through the air has now turned into a defense that allows 260. Sure, the doubters are going to say 'We only faced Sanchez and Palko in two of those three weeks'', but I say to the doubters...SHUT UP! Now this defense is holding offenses to 14 points a game, where they were giving up 23 points. That's more than a TD in improvement, but how does this mean we could be unbeaten you might be asking. Easy. OUR OFFENSE HAS BEEN TERRIBLE IN ALL THREE LOSSES! Now, you can put the Giants loss on both sides of the ball. The Offense didn't show up for the first three quarters and the Defense didn't show up for the final 3 minutes, but the rest lay on Brady and the offense who never get blamed on this board. Everyone keeps talking about us never winning a SB with this defense, but I fear the offense more. BB put all this money on the offensive side of the ball in hopes that they would carry the team to a championship and in return, left the defense weaker because, with such a high-potent offense, all the defense would need to do is bend, don't break. The defense is holding true to that formula now, they're bending, a lot! But they rarely ever break, especially in the redzone. The offense, on the other hand, has been lethargic. What we've seen from this offense in the past four weeks--ever since the BYE--is what we saw in all the teams loses. Stupid turnovers, bad execution, no common sense to run the ball to set up play action for our dynamic TEs, terrible penalties (LOGAN crybaby MAKINS!!!) and bad decision making on Brady's part. Just look at the first loss of the season to the Bills. Brady threw a 4 picks, 1 for a TD and gave the Bills a shot at a comeback. Had the Pats ran the ball to conserve time, maybe that game would've been won, but they didn't. They got too pass happy and yards happy and it cost them in the end. The loss to the Steelers showed some more incompetence by the offense and offensive coordinator. The Steelers had a depleted LBing corps and their secondary was stronger and tougher than our receivers. The smart thing to do here was to run the ball, but the Pats outsmarted themselves coming in with Kevin Faulk as their RB (A 37 year old fresh of the PUP list who had lost a step before he injured his leg) and looking to air it out against the Steelers because of their success last season against them using that formula. Brady looked terrible in this game, the run game was terrible, the D was terrible. A game that felt like a 45-0 thumping was only a 6 point game going into the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The defense played terribly, but they gave the Pats a chance to win. Once again, the offense let them down when the Steelers got to Brady for a strip sack after he held the ball too long. Now, I say this because even though the Defense has been steadily improving, people still want to blame them when things aren't going right. The 3-0 first quarter turned 10-3 first half was thanks to the defense. The offense was a no show for the first half, same with the Jets and same with the Giants and same with the Steelers. If they continue to play poorly we could lose our seating as the number 1 seed in the AFC. They need to play better, stop blaming the defense. Just because he's the greatest player to don a Patriots uniform doesn't mean that he has to held above everyone else. When they're playing badly CALL THEM OUT! Don't be a bunch of Colts fans never calling out Peyton, the Pats win because of a team and if Brady is the weak link he needs to be told so.
Posted by 49Patriots[/QUOTE]
Are you actually saying that you'd rather have the vaunted DFL Patriot defense determine the outcome of a game than Brady and the offense? What? Have you started your holiday imbiding early?
Clue time for the challenged: This defensive bunch has been ranked DFL for a long time. It's not recent. And, despite "decent" recent showings, they are STILL DFL. If you claim to have no concerns late in the game, with the Pats ahead by 7 points or less, and the defense on the field, then you haven't got a clue. Or you aren't honest with even yourself.
The Pats are lucky that they face only 2 possible "acceptable" QB's for the rest of the regular season (Vick next week, if he plays, and Fitzgerald in week #17; perhaps Moore in Miami if he stays hot). They ought to, by all thought and reason do well against those teams defensively. If they don't, are you going to come back here and issue a HUGE mea culpa? I can't help but wonder what part of "DFL" in defense you don't "get"?
Loving the team is great, but you have to treat them like your kids. Love them to death when they do good, but remind them, sometimes consistently and on-going, when they don't. This DFL defense qualifies like none other.
As for your "SHUT UP!" dictate, may I suggest you get over yourself?