Well it’s been 4 weeks of ball and I have hardly been on the board… well I have been reading stuff but I have not been exactly eager to post anything contingent of what is being talked about. I have noticed some good and not so good as most of us have; however, what I find puzzling is the hate on some of players. Now let’s look at some of our concerns heading into the season.
Nink…. Reiss literally gave a shout to the guy for how he has played and played during the Buffalo game in particular.( http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4731306/picked-up-pieces-from-second-half-review-4) Now I want to see Cunningham play more myself, but Nink has more versatility to his game at the moment. I would also like to add I was always high on Cunningham while everyone else wanted to see him get cut, but now he gets to the QB (here and there) and he should replace Nink? Honestly, I would rather see his pass-rush skills in there, but he set the edge like Nink? I already see the responses coming in on that one…. I’ll take that heat.
DMC – well… seems like everyone hates the guy, but if you ask me he has only truly played ONE bad quarter of football (And it probably costs the Pats one game). He dropped a few int’s, but I guess that’s why he’s a DB and not WR? I don’t, but I am sure we could do worse at the position. I don’t think any CB has been ‘shut down’ this season to be honest. Some CB’s have had great games and some not so great just like DMC. This brings me to my next thought…
Safeties – I believe this group is the real problem in the secondary, but I feel it’s one that will improve. Buffalo exposed some issues, but I feel that can be buttoned a bit and will not be as big as an issue as it seems to be after one game.
DL- Pass-rush is not where we want it to be, but they got the run plugged up. Hopefully pass-rush continues to improve. This group IS better than last years, and we need to be happy about that.
OL- It looked pretty solid against a solid pass-rush, and should be one of the best in the NFL. Even if they are not number 1, they are more than capable of doing their jobs.
RB- What a great stable back there. I still believe Vereen can and will contribute. Between Ridley, Bolden, Woody, and Vereen it is something nice to see with the balance. Ridley looks like a true Number 1, and Bolden is a nice surprise.
Everything else is business as usual. Brady is Brady… Welker is picking up his pace. Even when Gronk is off, he’s catching touchdowns. Hernandez is not even playing (And they dropped 52). Llloyd is holding down the outside the numbers role as we hoped and expected.
My point to all this? Moral of the story is let’s not be too quick to jump to conclusions. This team is 2-2 and could be 4-0 with better play. They are only going to get better as the year goes on, and I like the fact that they are not playing their best ball yet, because I want them to hit their stride come playoffs. I feel this team has peaked too early the past few seasons. Can’t wait for the Denver game. Let’s reassess the secondary after facing Manning. I say Pats pick Manning twice…..