Re: Rodney Harrison's Perspective On Current Patriots
posted at 9/18/2013 2:00 PM EDT
I love Donaldson's work. I think he is the best regional football columnist working now. Surprisingly, there is so much turnover in NFL coverage in NE. I digress.
Rodney is right in a limited sense. I guess if you look at what is on the field right now, NE isn't dominant (certainly not in the way they and fans have grown accustomed too).
Their defense was dominant against the Jets. But the whole product, due to injuries and roster turnover isn't dominant right now.
If you had to rate them against the division, right now, they aren't dominant.
But a blanket assumption that they won't be dominant going down the road is the equivalent of reading tea-leaves.
Dobson, et al, will improve, Gronk will come back, as will DA (hopefully sooner as opposed to later), NE will get a better contribution from the running game once it's not the feature and is back to being a complementary peice.
Now, calling NE out at this moment is kind of like kicking a guy when he is down.
NE will get better.
AND, if the defense is still healthy and playing this way (better than they have in years) it might end up being a more complete NFL team (offense/defense/special teams) than they've fielded since 2004.