Re: Biggest Weakness(es) Going Forward?
posted at 12/9/2010 10:02 PM EST
In Response to Biggest Weakness(es) Going Forward?
[QUOTE]At the beginning of the year, I recall a good handful of concerns going into the season and maybe even into the first half of the season. - Bad/average offensive line - No pass rush - Too many rookies/youth on defense - No running game; injury concerns with Fred Taylor - Bad play-calling - Tough schedule Now, we're clearly part of the elite group of teams this year even with our youth, injuries, and sometimes iffy play-calling. What's the biggest concern moving forward?
Posted by apdynasty23[/QUOTE]Bad/average offensive line
- /> I'd say the Pats are getting the most out of their linemen. Having Mankins back really helps, especially after Neal went to I.R.No pass rush
- /> No argument here. An elite pass rusher would take this defense to another level. They do a good job of disguising coverages recently and they do a good job of moving the quarterback off of his spot with hurries and hits even when they don't get sacks, but there's nobody in pass rush that forces teams to alter protections and keep more players in max protect
. Hopefully the Raiders crash and burn or some team wants lots of draft picks in exchange for their elite pass rusher.Too much youth
- /> They have to get their experience somehow. This is how. Plus the more they play the better they'll get. And they're FAST
. I view this entirely as a positive.No running game
- /> They don't have to run for 100-150 yards. They just have to get 4+ yards per carry so teams have to respect when they do run or respect when they play-fake.Bad play-calling
- /> Could still rear its ugly head, but I was incredibly pleased by the preparation for the Jets yielding great results. They caught us with surprise blitzes three times, but we shredded them otherwise.Tough schedule
- /> Yes. The Bears and Packers won't be easy
. The Bills almost beat us in Week 3 and we have to go to Buffalo
for the rematch. We will also still need to beat the Dolphins in Week 17 because divisional record is one of the most important tiebreakers when it comes to home-field advnatage
in the playoffs, assuming the Patriots earn the right to worry about such things (a reckless assumption with four entire games left in the season).Health
- /> Always a concern. I do think the Patriots will do the best job of adjusting if this does become an even bigger concern
, but I still worry about things like Chicago cold December rain on their re-sodded field. Nothing they can do about it.