Re: Do you agree with Ron Borges?:Talent, not coaching, doomed Patriots
posted at 1/20/2011 10:48 AM EST
In Response to Do you agree with Ron Borges?:Talent, not coaching, doomed Patriots
[QUOTE]By Ron Borges/Boston Herald The feeding frenzy has begun, as www.bostonherald.com/search/?searchSite=true&topic=Bill+Belichick&mode=score&sorting=pubdate
" /> Bill Belichick knew it would one day. “Blame someone!!!’’ a talking head screams on radio and TV at the top of his falsetto. “HE BLEW IT!’’ a headline hollers atop a screed contending The Einstein of Football “lost his way and lost the game.’’ It is barely 48 hours since the better team on the day they played the game won at Gillette Stadium, and the predictable has happened. The Patriots [ team stats ] were not knocked out of the playoffs by a better team. It was the coach’s fault. “Come ohhhnnnn!’’ some fans around here whine. “He shoulda done somethin’!’’ Like what? “He didn’t make no adjustments!!!!’’ they moan, as if there’s something you can adjust about the fact too many of their players are better than too many of your players. For the better part of the past decade the coach of the Patriots has gotten far more credit for his players’ success than he deserved. Today he’s getting far more blame for their failures. You want to know why the Patriots have lost three straight playoff games? Do you really? If you do, don’t look at the homeless-looking guy in the hoodie. Look in the places where games are decided. Look where Richard Seymour [ stats ] used to stand and see who’s standing there now: Eric Moore (when he’s not standing in the UFL). Look where Mike Vrabel used to stand and see who’s standing there now: Rob Ninkovich. Look where Tedy Bruschi [ stats ] used to stand and see who’s standing there now: Brandon Spikes (when he’s not suspended or making an amateur porno film). Look where Willie McGinest used to stand and see who’s standing there now: Jermaine Cunningham (when he’s not on his back) or Tully Banta-Cain [ stats ] (when he’s not on the bench). Look where Ty Law used to stand and see who’s standing there now: a rookie named Devin McCourty, who Sunday, in his first playoff game, played like a rookie in his first playoff game. Look where Asante Samuel [ stats ] used to stand and see who’s standing there now: Kyle Arrington. Look where Rodney Harrison [ stats ] used to stand and see who’s standing there now: Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung or James Sanders [ stats ] (take your pick or take all three. I’ll take Harrison, thanks). That’s seven defensive players with a combined 19 Super Bowl rings as Patriots. Tell me which one has been replaced by a player equal or better? Don’t bother with film study. The answer is none. You want to know why the Jets beat the Patriots on Sunday? You want to know why they’re going to the AFC Championship Game for the second straight season while His Hoodedness is in the dungeon studying “3 Games to Glory, Vol. I-III?” Because they’re better. Not better at quarterback. Not by a longshot, so forget the “why didn’t Brady do something?’’ theme. Find an open man on tape from that game and he’d be happy to throw to him. Instead, break down the Jets and break down the Patriots unit by unit, then ask yourself which you’d take? Jets backs or Patriots backs? Jets receivers or Patriots receivers? Jets linebackers or Patriots linebackers? Jets secondary or Patriots secondary? Jets defensive line or Patriots defensive line? Jets offensive line or Patriots offensive line? If you took even one of the Patriots units that started on Sunday you’ve proven one thing. You’re a soccer fan. Professional football is about Jimmys and Joes, not X’s and O’s. In this case it’s about Richards and Rodneys and Tedys and Tys, not Hoodies and hidden video cameras. It’s about recognizing honestly what you were and what you have become, and dealing with it like grownups. When Bill Belichick coached those guys, he was a member of Mensa. When he coaches the defenders he has now, he’s National Honor Society. Same church. Different pew. Coaching is important in football. Probably more important than in any other team sport. It can take average and make it a little better, and take above average and make it a little better, and take great and make it Super. But it can’t beat better with worse very often, especially not in the playoffs. The Patriots were 14-2 with a fatal flaw: Their defense was below average. Not average. Below average. That defense finished 25th in the NFL overall and 30th against the pass. Fact, not opinion. It finished 32nd in third-down efficiency (the ability to get off the field), which is dead last in the NFL. Fact, not opinion. It finished eighth in the NFL in scoring defense, but prior to playing the Bills and Dolphins in the final two games of the regular season (a total of 10 points scored by teams who finished 28th and 30th, respectively, in the league in points per game), the Patriots were 17th in the NFL, which is one below middle of the pack, which in truth was what they were. Fact, not opinion. That’s not championship caliber or even close to it, and Sunday it showed, just as it did a year earlier when the Baltimore Ravens trampled the defense. The Patriots didn’t lose Sunday because Bill Belichick lost his way. They lost because his Jimmys and Joes aren’t as good as his Tys and Tedys.
Posted by -EdithBunker-[/QUOTE]
I agree with Borges. While I was impressed with the 14-2 record this year...that defense always concerned me. We need another dominant Defensive End and a pass rushing - edge setting linebacker. Defense wins in the NFL ......The Pats offense is really solid - but in the playoffs.....9 out of 10 times......the dominant defensive team wins.........I dont know why but BB seems to have decided to outscore his opponent rather than stress a dominant defense that was so successful in the 3 super bowl wins.
I hope to see the PATS trade up in the draft and go for quality defensive players.....Id rather have 2 really good defensive players than 5 or 6 potential or role players. We have plenty of good role players already..we need 2 impact defenders in our front 7 to become really really good