Re: After 4 Games.....
posted at 10/4/2012 9:46 AM EDT
In response to Getzo's comment:
Well itâs been 4 weeks of ball and I have hardly been on the boardâ¦ well I have been reading stuff but I have not been exactly eager to post anything contingent of what is being talked about. I have noticed some good and not so good as most of us have; however, what I find puzzling is the hate on some of players. Now letâs look at some of our concerns heading into the season.
Ninkâ¦. Reiss literally gave a shout to the guy for how he has played and played during the Buffalo game in particular.( http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4731306/picked-up-pieces-from-second-half-review-4) Now I want to see Cunningham play more myself, but Nink has more versatility to his game at the moment. I would also like to add I was always high on Cunningham while everyone else wanted to see him get cut, but now he gets to the QB (here and there) and he should replace Nink? Honestly, I would rather see his pass-rush skills in there, but he set the edge like Nink? I already see the responses coming in on that oneâ¦. Iâll take that heat.
DMC â wellâ¦ seems like everyone hates the guy, but if you ask me he has only truly played ONE bad quarter of football (And it probably costs the Pats one game). He dropped a few intâs, but I guess thatâs why heâs a DB and not WR? I donât, but I am sure we could do worse at the position. I donât think any CB has been âshut downâ this season to be honest. Some CBâs have had great games and some not so great just like DMC. This brings me to my next thoughtâ¦
Safeties â I believe this group is the real problem in the secondary, but I feel itâs one that will improve. Buffalo exposed some issues, but I feel that can be buttoned a bit and will not be as big as an issue as it seems to be after one game.
DL- Pass-rush is not where we want it to be, but they got the run plugged up. Hopefully pass-rush continues to improve. This group IS better than last years, and we need to be happy about that.
OL- It looked pretty solid against a solid pass-rush, and should be one of the best in the NFL. Even if they are not number 1, they are more than capable of doing their jobs.
RB- What a great stable back there. I still believe Vereen can and will contribute. Between Ridley, Bolden, Woody, and Vereen it is something nice to see with the balance. Ridley looks like a true Number 1, and Bolden is a nice surprise.
Everything else is business as usual. Brady is Bradyâ¦ Welker is picking up his pace. Even when Gronk is off, heâs catching touchdowns. Hernandez is not even playing (And they dropped 52). Llloyd is holding down the outside the numbers role as we hoped and expected.
My point to all this? Moral of the story is letâs not be too quick to jump to conclusions. This team is 2-2 and could be 4-0 with better play. They are only going to get better as the year goes on, and I like the fact that they are not playing their best ball yet, because I want them to hit their stride come playoffs. I feel this team has peaked too early the past few seasons. Canât wait for the Denver game. Letâs reassess the secondary after facing Manning. I say Pats pick Manning twiceâ¦..
I agreewith your observations Getzo. I dint see much from ninko the 1st few games but he made some noise last Sun. I too think he and JC should besplitting time. Safety play is still a concern in the secondary but as BB increases the amount of times he sends extra rushers I think we will see an increase in consistency of secondary. We can't leave them out there for 5 seconds allday.
I agree on both lines. They can stop the run and run the ball which has always been a staple to a championship team. The Lb core is approaching top 3 status. spikes is a wrecking ball in the Ted Johnson mold. Mayo is bruschi and Hightower is a player we've never had before. An Adaluis Thomas in his prime type of versatile weapon. He is only scratching the surface and will take time to develop.
As long as we continue to mix things up on offense with a balanced attack I think we will continue to play complimentary football. Brady will get more comfortable as he had some struggles in the Arizona game and for a spell in the 1st half last Sunday. I think 7 incompletions in a row.
Anyway very excited for how well this team could be playing in November!