Re: Patriots stink
posted at 9/21/2009 12:13 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots stink
[QUOTE]1) It will take Brady most of the season to fully recover from the knee injury, if you notice he was not stepping into his throws. The knee brace is clearly a problem plus a bit of being gun shy. 2) The run game is what is hurting the offense, with a good run game the Jets could not rush the passer 18-24 times during the game. Sure Taylor looked good on a drive or two but we are lacking a solid running attack that can kill clock and lift a sputtering passing game... 3) LB's , we have some issues at the LB position. Thomas is a good player but is over running the football creating cutback lanes for the HB. Guyton is lost out there, he needs some serious help. 4) Depth, we have a lot of depth on various sides of the football. I was pleased to see Galloway and the rookie WR play a decent game today with Welker being hurt. Galloway dropped a 4th down pass in tight pass coverage but everyone makes a mistake or two through the course of a football game. Wait until Brady gets his mojo back and the two can correct and perfect their timing on the out routes. 5) Secondary, the Pats secondary looked good again. The Jets were held to a couple of plays that were extended via broken or missed tackles. The Pats were able to offer another good performance from their secondary even though they muster almost no pass rush. Fix the pass rush and turnovers will start to show up. 6) Seymour, he's gonzo, he is a Raider now. Who cares about what he MAY have done in a Pats uniform this year. There is veteran hole in the Dline, but the Pats have chose to go younger. Most of you in here have said that in the past the old defense was the Pats weakness. Well let's see it play out over the course of this and next year. I see a couple of stars in making on the Pats dline that will now get a shot to shine... 7) Pass protection, I thought it was ok today. When you have little to no running game and a QB out of sinc, it makes sense that Brady was hurried so much. He almost never stepped up in the pocket like he has in the past. Multiple times he was throwing from his back foot. In short, Patriots nation needs to man-up and say good game to the Jets. It's not the end of our season. The Jets won a game, close game at home. A game that they should have won if they want to be competitive in the AFC East. No biggy, we weathered their best shot and now look forward to the next game at home against the Jets.
Posted by SSODEN[/QUOTE]
I agree with the majority of your assessment. We are clearly a team out of sync. I thought the secondary was just OK, but I think it will gel eventually and will actually be a strength for this team.
The pass rush was virtually nonexistent. Wilfork was his usual disruptive self, but there just was not enough pressure on the Dirty Sanchez.
I am very aware that hindsight is 20/20, but I think you and I would agree the e Pats were not going to roll over a Rex Ryan-coached team. I'm sure you would admit, however grudgingly, we should have lost that Ravens game in '07. And now, Ryan has an arguably more talented team at his disposable (offensively, mainly. I'll take the Ray Lewis/Ed Reed combo any day).
I'm glad you are not one of these "fans" calling for Brady's head. That is ridiculous. The man is a Hall of Famer. But I agree he is obviously out of sync, and he's still not accustomed to playing with the brace. Some of his throws just don't have the same "zip" on them, and it is absolutely because he's not setting his feet and he's gunshy. Combined with a now highly suspect o-line and a very one dimensional run game, I can understand why Tom is not real eager to stand in the tight, fast-collapsing pocket Matt Light & Co. makes for him.
I think you would agree next week we will really see what this team is made of when the Falcons arrive. But til next week, here's another Pats fan who isn't afraid to tip his cap to the Ryan & the Jets. We will see you Nov. 22nd.