Re: Are you worried about the Patriots?
posted at 9/10/2013 11:39 AM EDT
Well worried is a bit strong. I mean it doesn't affect my life in any way other than I enjoy discussing the team and I enjoy watching the team. Short of that it really has no affect on my life.
But, if you look at it as a general concern they aren't going to perform to the standards they have set over the last decade, well yes I am.
This isn't like teams in the past where we grinded out wins with tough play, great depth, and key plays made by experience players. This one has a different feel. Back then I didn't have much worry that they'd pull it off, now I have concern that they can keep a lead most times. What I'm seeing right now:
QB - No real concerns here. Brady is Brady just as long as he doesn't get frustrated
OL - didn't look good the first game but Scar always finds a way to pull them together not reall a concern
RB - Ridley having issues holding on to the ball should be a concern and Vereen not being able to stay healthy makes it a major concern. Bolden doesn't look like the same type of runner prePED suspension and Blount looks alright as a sub rotation runner but if you are counting on him for more than 10 carries a game we could be in trouble
WR - Amendola already having injury issues leaving Edelman as the main WR should be enough to give anyone pause. Anyone who expected all 3 rook WRs to be good and beign productive in their first year isn't reading the odds. Odds are 1 of them won't be around in 2 yrs and maybe 1 of the 3 might give you something their first year. This WR core is thin and rests solely on Amendola's health which is not a good thing. I'd love to have Welker come back, esp since it was over a couple mil but really I would have taken any durable solid vet. Who at this point right now wouldn't have preferred to give Sanders $1mil extra to make sure he's on the team instead of having the extra $13.5mil right now?
TE - This is a major concern right now to me. Sudfeld I think has a ton of talent but he is a rook and has injury problems. Gronk is no guarantee to stay healthy either. That leaves Hooman as your #1 TE for a fair amount of snaps. I like Hooman but he's a #3 TE at best on most teams and he gets 80 snaps in game 1? That should be concerning
DT - Another area of huge concern. The depth is so bad Jones had to play DT. Even if Kelly isn't dehydrated up tempo teams will prevent Kelly and Wilfork from leaving the field and the drop off to Joe V is large enough that we can't afford to take either guy off the field. This position is hurting big time and without one or the other guy we won't be getting any pressure on QB's this year
DE - A little less concern than DT but without those DT's pushing the middle we aren't going to see a lot of pressure from the edges
LB - The only reason for concern is that there is no SS behind them meaning they won't provide an additional pressure and need to be set back in coverage which is not their strong suit
CB - Depth might be an issue. Ryan looks good but he's a rook. We can all agree we don't want to see Arrington outside. Good in teh slot and against the run but putting Arrington outside is dangerous. Cole shouldn't see the field unless in dime packages but might need to. Really if either Dennard or Talib don't play every week there is questions on how big of a drop off to the next guy. Unfortunately Talib has never finished a full 16 game season without missing some
S - Outside McCourty there is nothing. Gregory is an alright S in sub roles but he's not a starter. T. Wilson can't figure out not to buy on moves. Harmon looks promising but physically he's limited and I see Sanders type of upside with him. We might end up seeing a reverse Ray Ray (someone I was hoping they grab in the 7th or UDFA) and be forced to move Collins to the money S which will hinder his development as a LB
P - Allen will he learn to be a directional punter? Right now I don't want him kicking to any sidelines. This was the knock I had on him in preseason and the reason I wanted Mesko over him but a mil extra makes a large difference I guess. If he learns not to outkick his coverage and learns how to be a directional punter he has tons of promise but we can't afford 18yrd punts because you can't kick it to the sideline.
There are a lot of question marks on this team right now and they need a lot of work for sure. This is not like previous teams where you can have confidence in vets to pull it together. A lot of this hinges on the rooks flipping the switch and health and not about getting into a groove like previous years.
I swear by lil 10 pound bearded baby Jesus