Re: HOW DO WE WIN WITH THIS SECONDARY?
posted at 12/14/2013 8:41 PM EST
In response to ultpatfan's comment:
Yeah, I know I just posted about NE perhaps being a team of destiny...and maybe they are...but I've got little confidence in this secondary. They give up too many yards on coverage. Oftentimes Talib, Dennard, Arrington and McCourty are playing too far off the receivers and don't help get enough 3 and outs...
The 3 & outs have a lot more to do with the lack of pass rush everyone else has mentioned. Teams have no problem putting 2 guys on Jones. Who needs to work on his hands during the off season. Nink, as solid against the run as he is and for all the vesatility he brings. Just isn't a guy who can get consistent pressure.
Our DT's are easily the biggest problem with our D. Their being completely blown off the ball. I mean these guys are just being tossed around. They just can't control their gaps. Again though their 2nd and 3rd string guys who were suppose to be used in different sub packages and part of a rotation that was headlined by a HOF'r in 'Fork and a top 10-12'ish DT in Kelly.
Bc of the problems above and injuries to their own group our backers have been asked to play out of position, cover way too much ground and take on too much responsibility.
The secondary, mainly the CB's have also been hit by injuries. Talib is obviously not the same guy. You can see it in the way he moves. The guy just doesnt trust himself right now. He's usually a guy that plays a smooth, physical game. Theres no fluidity in his game at all right now. Dennard has also had his own problems with injuries. When healthy this secondary is an elite unit in the league. Their deep, physical, aggressive and can tackle. Bc of the injuries they've suffered their also playing out of position.
I'm proud of this team. No team has been dealt the injuries we have. We've lost some of the best players in the league and some of the leaders from our team. This team is relying on a lot of young players and is sitting at 10-3. I'm more than happy with that.
In todays NFL there is no great team. Everyone is beatable.
Denver has it's own issues with their secondary. Chris Harris is the only guy playing ball in that unit.
Seattle has major oline problems. Wilson has been pressured more than any QB in the last 2 years.
Cinci's secondary without Hall is extremely suspect and beatable. They also have a QB who can throw them out of any game at any time.
One could go on and on. People keep talking about the Pats as if their the only team with holes. Look at the team we play on Sunday. Their own oline has been better as of late but still a group that can give a game. They've struggled in pass pro and run blocking all year. They spent tons of $ on backers but have had worse results than the guys they were suppose to replace.