Re: 5-2 @ the bye...what have we learned about this team?
posted at 10/26/2009 12:09 PM EDT
What I've learned:
Still a championship offense with Brady, Moss, Welker, but we are playing as an 11-5 offense (where I expect this team to finish). Good teams will blitz the hell out of Brady and cause problems for this O. Not because the O Line can't block, but because we don't have the offensive coaching to make adequate adjustments to what good defenses are going to throw at us (Denver, Jets).
Maroney is a 2nd or even 3rd string RB on most NFL teams, and without either Taylor or Morris being healthy the running game will not dominate but will be just enough to provide balance. Faulk is still the most dependable ( and clutch) player of all the RB's
3rd wideout is a non-issue. Aiken/Tate/ Edelman will always be a 3rd or 4th option, and just need to get open every once in a while against single coverage. Aiken as a blocking WR and occasional pass catcher is a bit of a drop off from Gafney/Stallworth, but Edelman looked good before the injury and Tate may provide enough speed to start surprising some defenses.
I don't think the defense scares anyone, but they are young, improving each week, and playing solid, bend-but-don't break defense.
Richard who? Thomas takes his place as the most overpaid/overrated player on the defense. I don't know what we'd save by cutting him after the season or whether he can be traded but I'd rather pay Wilfork the money and let Banta Cain, Ninkovich or an another JAG set the edge and cover the RB out of the backfield. Mayo/Guyton usually end up making the play anyway. Then Wilfork will start slacking and so it goes. Thank God for Ty Warren/Mike Wright.
We have our ILB's of the future in Mayo/Guyton. More depth would be nice. Thomas would provide good depth at ILB, would like to see him rotating in there with TBC playing full time on the outside - the man is hungry and wants an extended contract.
FINALLY some decent seconday play. Merriweather is coming around finally. Mcgowan vies with TBC for best offseason pickup. Love Butler, but unimpressed with the rest of the CB's . I'll get flamed for saying this, but besides Butler I don't see any clear upgrades over Ellis Hobbs. Bodden has adopted the same 10 yd "better to get burned short" cushion that make QB's like Orton and Sanchez look like Elway/Marino.
Our biggest drop off - this team is clearly feeling the effects of coaching attrition. Its painfully noticeable in the lack of 2nd half adjustments.
Clearly, this team is LUCKY to be 5-2, and is only a handful of few miscues by the opposing teams in 4th QTR from being 3-4, which would give them only one win against a respectable team.