Re: Bills @ Patriots Report Card
posted at 9/15/2009 11:18 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bills @ Patriots Report Card
[QUOTE]Offense- OL -C Great to open the game. Terrible in the middle. Better at the end. RESPONSE: The OL did a horrible job run blocking. The Pats are going nowhere if Brady has to takes hits, as will happen when he is being asked to throw 40 plus times per game in order to move the team.
QB -C Shows rust, but he will come around. RESPONSE: Just a "C"? Got to give the Terrific One a littlle more credit than that...for his late 4th quarter heroics.
RB C+ Everyone good except Maroney. As he always has, runs too much side to side. Get him out, put in BJGE. WR -B First game jitters as both Moss and Welker drop passes RESPONSE: Pleaseeee...enough Maroney bashing!! The guy was constantly being hit behind the line of scrimmage. The blame falls on the OL, not the RBs.
TE -A Great performance by Watson RESPONSE: Amen...perhaps his best game as a Patriot.
Defense - DL - C Horrible. Could not stop the run and until the end created no pass rush. RESPONSE: If they were horrible, why give them a "C"? A "C" grade to me means that they were just OK/fair.
LB - C Mostly bad. Obviously the loss of Mayo hurt, but the Pats are supposed to be able to interchange player - Didn't happen. They were getting pushed way too deep. Pierre Woods got smoked all night. TBC had a great game. Especially near the end. Always seemed to be around the ball. RESPONSE: The LBs gave up too many yards on screens and swing passes to RB Fred Jackson. Remember his name. He'll play for the Pats someday.
DB's- C Played well with the exception of tackling. (Actually, the tackling goes for the entire defense). I liked the hard hitting of the secondary. Good change from the past few years. RESPONSE: Bills RB Fred Taylor looked like a man playing among boys, when he broke into the Pats' secondary. But, this unit did a decent job on the Bills' pair of talented WRs.
Special teams B+ Other than Gost's missed FG, he had great kickoffs and the coverage was awesome. RESPONSE: Amen.
Coaching - Defense- C-. It seemed like the players on D were always in the wrong place at the wrong time. RESPONSE: Coaches were scrambling after the loss of Mayo.
Offense- C-. I think the Offensive Coordinator grabbed McDaniel's playbook from the first few games last year. You would think we have a bunch of old, slow receivers. Throw that ball down the field already! It's easy to game plan if you only have to worry about a twenty yard area. Even if it's not there. Throw it, to keep it in their mind! RESPONSE: Remember, job one for the offense is to keep Tom Brady in one piece. The OL had some protection issues last night...so its' doubtful that Brady would have had the time to air it out. Thats' why the running game is so important. It keeps defenses honest.
Overall grade for the entire team - C. Granted there were a few key plays that may have affected the score (Wilfork, Thomas, Brady's Int.), I was still disappointed. Those are my thoughts on this game. RESPONSE: It could have been worse. At least the Pats escaped with a win. The offense will improve as the season goes on. But, where was Joey Galloway? It looks like the Pats will miss Jabar Gaffney. But, most importantly, the OL needs to start moving people off the line, and establish a running game. The defense is a work in progress. The Pats can ill afford the loss of Jerod Mayo for any extended period.
For the rest of the season, I am still very optimistic for the year and feel this team will take time to gel. I think there will be a bunch of 38-31 type scores early this season, with the opponents scoring less as the season goes on, provided everyone is healthy.RESPONSE: 38-31 games mean that the Pats are going nowhere this year. The Pats' "D" must hold their opposition to under 20 points per game, if this team is to be a legitimate SB contender.
Posted by jeepguy2358[/QUOTE]
Great to talk Pats again, isn't it!!