Re: Pats Need BIG Changes
posted at 11/12/2012 3:24 PM EST
In response to JintsFan's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
Aside from the idiot homers like Mighty, who amongst you are satisfied with this latest Patriots' performance...albeit a win? This team has been horrible at home throughout the season, having lost to the powder puff Cardinals, and barely beaten the woeful Jets, and now the hapless Buffalo Bills. The defense can no longer be classify as young and improving. Folks, it stinks, and it's getting worse.
What's happening now with the Pats compares in some ways to the follies occuring in Philadelphia. The only differences are that the Pats have a better OL, and are led by Hall of Fame quality QB, Tom Brady, as opposed to Mr. Overrated, Michael Vick. You may recall that head Philly coach Andy Reid thought it would be a great idea to convert his OC, Juan Castillo, to his DC. The results are in, and Philly's "D" is as bad as the Patriots' crew. Meanwhile, BB has stubbornly insisted on being hands on, and promoting from within. This has wrough DC Matt Patricia, whose been about as successful as Castillo was. Only recently was Castillo sent packing. Both Reid and Vick are sure to follow...as is the story when an underachieving team has what appears will be a double digit loss season.
Tom Brady and his offense are too good for the Pats to win less than 10 games...and the woefully weak AFC East. But, it's time for some BIG, BIG changes on the defensive side of the ball. Does anybody other than Mighty really believe that CB Aqib Talib is going to turn the Pats' "D" around? Patricia must go...and must go NOW! BB needs to find a veteran coordinator to turn his "D" over to...and then needs to walk away.
In Houston, the Texans were having the same gross defensive issues that the Pats are now having. Their solution was to hire DC Wade Phillips in 2011. Almost immediately, there was major improvement...to the present point now, in which the Texans have perhaps the best defense in the game. In Pittsburgh, Dick LeBeau has ruled the defensive roost for over a decade. The result? The Steelers have been one of the top defensive teams in the game over that time.
Folks, it's not just about talent. It's about getting the most out of your talent, and putting your talent in an aggressive, attacking-type system, that forces turnovers. When is the last time we've been able to describe a Patriots' defense as such?
I was going to do a Report Card on yesterday's game, because this week, I have some time to do so. But, it would be a waste of time. The offense would average a "B+ to an A-". while the defense would be an "F". The coaching would be a "C-", reflecting the averaging of the offense, special teams, and defense...with the "D" dramatically bringing down the grade. Buffalo had 35 first downs yesterday, and nearly 500 yards of total offense.
What was really revealing about how bad the "D" was yesterday were the actions of Tom Brady, after his "O" was forced to settle for a FG, and a 37-31 lead...giving the Bills over 2 minutes and two time-outs to navigate the field for another TD drive. Brady went to the bench, removed his helmet, and threw his hands over his face, as if the Pats had lost. That's how much confidence he had in his "D". Who could blame him?
Don't tell any of this to Rusty and His Mighty Minions!
I hate to agree with Jints who is a thorn in our collective backsides but he just about nailed it. We need an experienced, credible defensive coordinator immediately; someone who, like Nick Saban did a long time ago, won't hesitate to tell Bill to let him manage the defense his way. I am convinced, although maybe we are all breathing our own exhaust at this point, that we have good players on defense, even in the secondary (Dennard, Wilson, McCourty, Talib, Chung are at least OK as a DB group). Our offense is among the best in the NFL, and Josh is a perfectly competent field general on offense, contrary to some extreme opinions.