Re: Pats would be unstoppable..
posted at 9/13/2011 2:15 PM EDT
I was very encouraged by the D last night, all things considered.
Half the starting D has been changed, with a very short time of playing/practicing together for them to fully adjust to all the changes.
Last year, they often looked gassed. Last night, they never again looked gassed after the poor, first drive.
They got lots of pressure, hits, hurries and sacks in their first game. They really created that pressure last year and when they did, it was much later in the season. They will get better.
The new guys played well. McCourty had a challenging night, facing a big mismatch, and yet even he still made a lot of fine plays. Nobody stunk, as was always the case with at least one defender for the past six years.
You have to give Miami credit for greatly improving their O this year. Henne was making a lot of pinpoint passes quickly, into tight coverage. If he gets off the throw within two or three seconds to guys being blanketed and still completes the pass, it not that the D failed but that the O succeeded. I think Miami's O is going to give teams a fit this year if they keep playing like that.
The DBs are going to get a lot better from this game.
All in all, I think within a few weeks we will marvelling at how dynamic this D will be looking. I think they have the potential to match 2003 and 2004, maybe better. I have not had this level of confidence in a Pats' D since 2004.
P.S. - Did not miss B.M. at all. Enjoy Chicago. It's a nice town...until they cut you.