Re: Patriots @ Falcons REPORT CARD
posted at 10/1/2013 9:26 AM EDT
In response to SLGDEV's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to stan17's comment:
Overall I agree w/ you TP but I could not give TB12 an A it would have to be a B+. That fumble absolutely cannot happen at that point in the game outside of that I thought Tom was really good. Talib's play was was outstanding, best I've seen him play.
The officiating tonight was poor, maybe a D. I thought Edelmen was clearly interfered with and the spotting of the ball before the 4th down fumble was awful.
Good post TP.
You're probably right with regards to that fumble. But, I gave Brady the benefit of the doubt because the error might have been on OC, Ryan Wendell. He might have snapped the ball too early, or was the cause of the bad exchange. I couldn't tell, based on what I saw.
I would give Brady at most a B+ and probably a B. The reason has to do with the drive that resulted in Dobson's injury. AISI, that was Brady's fault because on the prior play, when he had plenty of time, he had his eyes glued left and never looked to his right. There was a totally uncovered receiver there for a super easy touchdown. Then on the Dobson injury play he also had his eyes glued on him and never looked to the right where there was another open (by not as much) receiver for a relatively easy touchdown. He also sailed a few balls over receiver's heads and then, of course, there was that fumble. Overall, though, it was his best of the season and that Mulligan pass was great. As for the long Thompkins pass, credit Thompkins because by all rights that should have been an interception. Great play. The Thompkins TD pass was also almost overthrown.
I would rate the seconday higher. Some of the catches that Atlanta made were truly unbelievable.
One thing I really liked was Brady being under center a lot more. He has a great play fake and that enabled them to use it.
How about that surprise direct snap to a back for a short yardage first down? I liked that.
I think TB under center is a game plan situation depending on the opposition. If the Pats feel the OL can over power the DL, I think you see TB under C more frequently. If the OL cannot, I think you see TB in shotgun, with the quick release passes, the running plays with the backside block from either the TE of G, and the screen pass in the mix of plays.
This is no different than the defense playing 4-3, 3-4 or 5 DB's...the offense will have diversity depending on favorable match ups.