Re: defense' success v. Colts will dictate spikes future
posted at 1/9/2014 8:39 AM EST
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to coolade2's comment:
Spikes role as inspirational leader and standout player should be missed this weekend...
The degree to which is relevant to the discussion of his contract status.
If pats can play a solid defensive game plan without spikes in there, then it would appear they have the depth (and maybe more important the leadership )to perhaps let let him walk in free agency.
If however, this game shows an exposed unit that has no ability to make plays and get off the field.... Then it will show spikes' value to this team. Even in victory the D needs to continue playing with the confidence and show the athleticism and aggressiveness that spikes delivered.
Its hard to quantify the impact exactly.but IMO the overall performance this week (and the following) will say a lot.
Whether the Pats beat the Colts or not has nothing to do with the fate of Spikes in New England. Even if he were healthy, he likely wouldn't be a key factor in stopping the Colts' offense. Spikes is, first and foremost, a run stuffer at ILB. Indy is not a smash mouth running team. They live and die on the arm of Andrew Luck. Their running game consists of using Donald Brown on draw plays, and occasional quick hitters. Brown is also effective as a receiver on screens and swing passes. In other words, Brown is a Kevin Faulk type player. Trent Richardson has been a disaster in Indy and, after his pathetic non-contact fumble last week, he may not even see the field this weekend: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/09/trent-richardson-feels-that-he-has-to-redeem-himself-for-fumbling/
Where Spikes will be missed is against physical running teams like the 49ers, Seahawks, and, to a lesser degree, the Broncos. Because of his limitations in pass coverage, I don't see any team offering him a huge amount of money in free agency.
Any team can run the ball if they take advantage of a mismatch or, outnumber defensive players who cannot get off blocks. Hat on hat, run the ball into the secondary.... This is what the Patriots will be facing this weekend. It is essential to a defense to stop the run. I don't care who your opponent is. Losing spikes is just one of 11 players but he sets the tone on the field and is hard to block because he is always moving around.
YOu contradict yourself in your post by saying Spikes won't be needed and then post a link about richardson looking to redeem himself.... how...? as a wide receiver...? Wrong . Colts will come out running the ball and if the Patriots D does not stop them (a la Peyton mannning handing it off for 300 yards) then it will be a disaster and Spikes will indeed have been a key defender.... and be missed.