Re: Defense Needs Work
posted at 9/7/2009 2:28 PM EDT
In Response to Defense Needs Work
[QUOTE] Not to put a damper on things, but the Pats' defense looked slow, and very mediocre. I realize that its' only preseason, but far too many yards were given up last night, especially on the ground. As a recent article in the Cold, Hard Football Facts website pointed out, the Pats "D" held opposing teams to just 300 points or less in the regular season, during their championship years. Thats' an average of about 19 points per game, or less. Points allowed will be a stat that bears watching. Heres' the pertinent part of the article mentioned above: "The magic number is 300 points. The Patriots surrendered fewer than 300 points in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 – they played in the AFC title game all five years and in the Super Bowl in four of those years. Only a miracle Colts comeback prevented the Patriots from a perfect five for five when their defense is solid."
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
Yeah and they only gave up 19.3 pts a game last year also.
Who knows about this year.
1st they need to stay healthy.
Then they need time as a unit to grow together.
Between the rookies/2nd year players who played sparingly last year/and new editions that are veterans, there are allot of new personalities and communication skills that need to gel. That's not even mentioning picking up the BB defensive system to a point where they are simply reacting and not over thinking.
That all takes some time.
As long as they are healthy and firing on all cylinders by week 11 I will be happy.