The Current State Of The Patriots
posted at 10/21/2013 8:20 AM EDT
· QB – Average. Having an off year due to countless factors. Excuses are running out for the GOAT
· WRs – Average. The new receivers aren’t progressing as quickly as fans would like. They need to take it to the next level if the Patriots have any chance of doing well in playoffs.
· TEs – Apart from last game with Gronk, the offense’s strength is now an offensive weakness. Hooman is having a good year. Hopefully, BB will use both more often in power formations.
· OL – Built to protect Brady, the unit is breaking down and appear to be allowing a higher number of pressures, hits, hurries, and sacks. No time for Brady = lousy passing game.
DL – Wilfork gone, Kelly hurt, Chandler Jones still doing fine – but can’t do it alone. Back to having no pass rush.
LBs – No Mayo means a big, but slow group of LBs. Collins may be the exception, but wet behind the ears.
DBs – Talib hurt changes the dynamics of the secondary. Without him – the secondary ends up below average in pass defense.
Kicker/FG – Ghost doing better than last year
Punter – Allen holding his own – already has as many punts as Mesko did all of last year; which means the offense is really struggling.
Kick/Punt Coverage – welcome back Slater.
Kick/Punt Returns – below average? Washington MIA.
Still in first place for our division at 5-2!
I'm just thinking that all the starters who have gone on IR or out on injuries on both sides of the ball will ruin whatever progress that was being made on both sides of the ball.