Re: Coverage couldn't hold for THREE seconds for pressure to get to Lions' QBs
posted at 8/29/2011 1:16 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Coverage couldn't hold for THREE seconds for pressure to get to Lions' QBs
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Coverage couldn't hold for THREE seconds for pressure to get to Lions' QBs : No panic here, but to say the way the Pats performed in that game is not systemic, is not completely true. It eerily reminded me of the Jets playoff game from last year, or better yet, the Giants game from the SB. What is systemic is the way our OL plays against top tier DL's, and the fact that when TB is pressured or not allowed to go through his reads, he has troubles. We've seen this so many times lately in big games and small games, then i woudl say to a degree it is systemic. "THe performance of our OL in pass situations against superior DL's, playcalling, lack of commitment to the run..." This is what I consider systemic. I think this all starts with suring up the interior of our OL. Next O'Brien needs to come up with an effective gameplan that commits to the run, and uses a short field, our speed/quickness to counteract fast DL's/front 7. When D's sell out, we need to make them pay.
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Quick/screen/3step game planning might help if the defense doesn't disguise successfully, and I think the Pats can win 12 games even if teams bring their best every week.
But the PLAYOFF teams like the Ravens (Haloti Ngata, Trevor Price, Ray Lewis, James Johnson?), the Steelers (Casey Hampton, Timmons, Farrior/Foote?), the Jets (Pouha, David Harris, Bart Scott), et al, are mostly staffed such that they can capitalize on the weakness of the Pats' interior blocking, particularly Koppen and Connolly.
Furthermore, SAFETY HAS BEEN A SERIOUS ISSUE SINCE RODNEY HARRISON RETIRED. This isn't news. Merriweather should NOT be the best safety on a Super Bowl contender. Chung could be, someday, but obviously not yet because he's getting his minutes yanked around this preseason, which means he didn't show enough in practice to justify giving him the full time job. For all his experience, James Sanders SHOULD NOT be the best safety on a Super Bowl contender. And Sergio Brown is an Earthwind Moreland that you hide if you have other elite defenders to mask him (like Willie McGinnest, Ted Washington, Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Rodney Harrison)
Safety is a real issue, and it's not going away. In fact, more NFL teams are equipped to capitalize on the weakness of the Patriots' zone coverages with receivers, tight ends, and decent NFL QBs than there are teams that can capitalize on Koppen/Connolly/Ohrnberger