Re: Chung and Spikes
posted at 12/11/2011 12:35 AM EST
In Response to Chung and Spikes
[QUOTE]Is Chung and Spikes extended vacation going to come back and bite the PATS come playoff time? After Spikes' 4 game suspension he was rusty last year and with no real offseason this year are they going to be ready to not only play but be a factor? Would love to hear some other fans thoughts on this.
Posted by PATinPA[/QUOTE]
Spikes I'm way less concerned about than Chung. In Chung's first 3 years, I believe at most, He's had 5 straight games prior to being lost (yet again) to another game (or two), to injury issues. When Spikes returned after that 4 game suspension last year, he wasn't "rusty" per se, lol- It was only for that 1 Jets playoff loss, and he didn't even start at LB...
To me, it all revolves around the post-season... So we have a game at Washington tommorow, A game at Denver the next week, then 2 games in Foxboro-1 with Buffalo and 1 with Miami. Then the playoffs start.
With Spikes, I'd feel good enough about his durability, to leave him out this week, then return him into a 60-70% playing role at Denver, before letting him play fully the rest of the way. For those who say that Spikes's role may be tenable now regarding The Pats current LB situation...? Ah, no.
Chung's health and very needed participation with regards to NE's secondary, is a much more tenuous situation. And it involves McCourty and his injury too... ALL I want for the playoffs, is to just have: McCourty, Arrington, Ihedigbo, and Chung- ALL healthy and ALL actually playing on the field at the same time...that's it.
And ya gotta work them back in so they actually for once, KNOW what it's like to be playing together at once, yet at the same time BB has to make the best bets so that they'll all be healthy and contributing at the most complete capacity as possible for the playoffs...
Arrington and Ihedigbo can play on... When and IF NE's up in a game, they should get decent rest at these times, when secondary back-ups fill in for them here and there in the late 3rd and 4th quarters.
With McCourty, I'd actually rather him play- just like Spikes for The 'Skins game, at a reduced role. THEN, I'd actually leave him home instead of forcing that always brutal trip out west to Mile High in order to play in the oxygen-less clouds... To me, it's just not worth it. I'd expect NE to be decisive enough to secure a win in Washington, without stretching the players you'll need come playoff time, to any extreme strenuous roles (esp. given any current injury concerns). I can't even think of 1 player, save for Brady, who's actually been ON the field as much (PER snap count) as DMC has in his 1st 2 years (On since day 1 last year starting opposite of Bodden, and this year through the first 8 games, I believe he either sat down for either 1 or 2 TOTAL defensive snaps)...so, for a 2nd year guy outta college...? C'mon, ANY-one would be hurtin' right now if they were asked to do what he was aked so far. Give McCourty almost a full role back for the Buffalo game, and then the same for Miami in the final week (only pulling him late in the 4th of that final game).
Chung, I'd take to Washington and not play him... Then I'd take him to Denver, and only play him @ 25% of the D snaps... Then I'd work Chung back in for those final 2 games, just as I was doing with DMC...
Gotta hedge your bets overall- We can still win at Washington with players with certain injury concerns, playing at somewhat more reduced roles. Then there's goin' to Denver- And that place just ALWAYS gives NE possibly THE biggest headaches since 2000-02 or so, on up to now... It's just not worth getting someone (or 2, or 3 people) else hurt imo (people btw-WITH recent injury issues). Why push 'em and kill your Lombardi chances come playoffs?!? Spend your efforts on securing the W from the 2nd match-up with faultering Buffalo at your own stadium, then do the same vs Miami in freezing december Foxboro.