Re: Patriots Among Handful Of Teams Looking Strong So Far
posted at 8/29/2010 12:41 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots Among Handful Of Teams Looking Strong So Far
[QUOTE]NE shut down the Saints in Week 1. THey also shut down the Falcons in Week 2. I wouldn't look to far into Sam Bradford looking good against BB using a zone D with 3 Safeties, seeing what he has. They played poorly no doub, if I am a Colts fan with the injuries, poor play, lack of depth in certain areas, wow. You have got to be very concerned the shoe could drop this season at some point. Gomer isn't getting any younger.
Posted by russgriswold[/QUOTE]
Russ - Given that you don't understand how teams use preseason games, I am not surprised that you see things the same way as the original poster. In fact, its almost as if you were the original poster under another board name.
preseason games 1,2,& 4 are primarily for second stringers and players challenging for a position on the roster. Teams have 80 or 90 men during the preseason that must be pared to 53. They have to have game opportunities to prove they are worth a roster spot.
Generally, at least half of the 3rd preseason game is for the starters. They can play more than a couple of series and work in game conditions since they may only play 1 or 2 series in each of the other games.
Of course you wouldn't look too far into the game vs. Bradford because of what you think BB was trying to accomplish. But the fact that he didn't accomplish it with his starting unit should cause you to look very deeply into the pats d and maybe feel deep concern about it. A rookie on a 1-15 team beat your starters and controlled the ball.
As I said, I have concern about the colts. Their starting D did not fare well against Green Bay's starting O and the reserves fared poorly as well. But at least the Packers are a playoff team that many think could be a superbowl contender. I don't know anyone who is saying that about the rams or their juggernaut offense.
And that is my point, downplaying your team's own ineptitude while attempting to expose Indy's is blind, biased, shortsighted, and wrong.