Re: Patriots @ Jets Report Card
posted at 9/22/2009 10:07 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots @ Jets Report Card
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Patriots @ Jets Report Card : This is the assessment I agree with the most. People have to understand that Brady can't just come back on a new knee and pick up right where he left off. He had an awful game but that was to be expected. Don't forget this is his first game against a blitz-happy D, and he did not do too well. He called the wrong protection a few times, was inaccurate, had faulty mechanism, and generally had a brainfaht of a game. Guyton is not supposed to attack the hole. We play a 2 gap defense, not a one gap. That being said, he is having trouble being a two-gapper.. he has to contain the blocker so that he can shed to either side. He did not do that on a few key plays that let the run by. Also people have to understand that Ryan doesn't call blitz all the time. That would be dumb. He does a mixture of blitz, rush, and feints to keep things off balanced. For example, that interception to Moss was a result of Brady calling the wrong protection, he fell for a weakside overload blitz feint and assigned his OL to protect left, and lo and behold that feint just drops back into coverage and the real blitz comes from the right side (where there was only Faulk to stop 4). Brady was fooled, pure and simple and threw the ball before Moss could get on the inside of the route he was running.
Posted by patpscyho[/QUOTE]
I agree that Brady and the offense will gradually improve. Brady seemed to sorely miss his "security blanket", Wes Welker. Even though rookie Julian Edleman played pretty well in his stead, this game underscores just how important Welker is to the Patriots' offense.
Interesting point on Guyton. His main asset appears to be his speed. Based on what you said about the Pats playing a two-gap system, where Guyton plays contain and read...that doesn't seem to best suit his abilities. With Jerod Mayo out for awhile, might a change in scheme be considered to take greater advantage of Guyton's abilities?
The OL may have kept Brady from getting sacked, but Tom is still getting hit far too often. Whats' of equal concern to me is that the OL is getting absolutely no push up front, and opening no running lanes for their backs. If the Pats could establish a reliable running game, that would open up the passing game.