Re: The Real Reasons We Lost
posted at 1/18/2011 6:21 PM EST
In Response to The Real Reasons We Lost
[QUOTE]Lots of silly stuff on the threads today about BB and Brady being washed up. I was at the game and in my opinion there are three reasons the Pats lost: 1. The Jets LBs and DBs played great in pass coverage. It wasn't Brady's fault yesterday. There was no one open. The Jets get credit for that. And our receivers have to get some blame too. 2. We relied far too much on the shotgun and spread formations early in the game. It was clear we wanted to pass. The Jets defenders were ready for it. And from the spread formations we had few alternatives except to pass. We should have gone to a BJGE-heavy formation earlier--running the ball more, using play action more, and generally trying to keep the Jets defenders guessing whether we'd run or pass. As it was, they were able to drop very quickly and confidently into coverage because it was way too obvious we were passing. We were able to move the ball in the fourth quarter with Brady under center, but by then it was too late and the long drive ate time we didn't have. I'm not sure going to a no huddle, hurry up offense would have worked in the fourth quarter. The Jets were just too good in pass coverage last night. 3. Overall our D played well, I thought, but they were on the field too long and began to tire in the second half. The real problem, though, was a few breakdowns in pass coverage. In a close game, those can kill us. Butler continues to be ineffective and the safeties weren't always in good position. We need to address that. A better pass rush (there was absolutely no pressure) would also help, of course, but ending the coverage breakdowns would have been enough last night. One other point: we still lack a serious deep threat. Our short/intermediate passing game is very good, but there's not a deep game to really stretch the field. If we don't run the ball, we become very one-dimensional, attacking the field purely with short passes. That's what happened last night on offense--if you defended short passes well, you could completely shut down our offense. That's exactly what the Jets did. And this not only hurt our offense--it hurt our defense as well, because it forced them to spend way too much time on the field and therefore gave the Jets way too many chances to find a coverage breakdown in our defensive backfield.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
Prolate, agree our O play calling in first half left a lot to be desired; Law Firm had only 4 carries in first half for about 23 yards. With Jests dropping into pass coverage, we should have hammered them with double-blocking TE sets and steady diet of BJGE and maybe a Tate reverse thrown in.
Then, the Jests made no turnovers and we had 3; uncharacteristic of Pats and Jests - reversal of our 45-3 over them.
Chronic lack of a pass rush is a big factor in the loss. We had no pressure and gave Sanchez all the time he wanted back there. Pressure would have forced him to some bad decisions and likely a pick or fumble or both!
We better use all those picks this year and get a big, physical DE, a rush-linebacker (or two) and a couple of OLinemen. A verticle threat WR is also a need.
That said, we have many young players, a great and overachieving season, and I can't wait to resume the Pats season and war parties with the Jesters in the 2011 season!
Thanks for the thrills - Go Pats!