Re: Defense Needs Work
posted at 8/15/2009 12:58 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Defense Needs Work
[QUOTE] The run defense was atrocious. You can tell the teams that have great defenses i.e. Steelers, Ravens were all over the opposing offenses in their first pre-season game. You can't rely soley on Belichick outscheming opposing coaching staffs. The Pats have had, and continue to have a need for playmakers on defense. RESPONSE: Amen, brother. The Pats' defense doesn't force turnovers, doesn't apply pressure to the opposing QB, and intimidates no one. A head-hunting LB or SS is badly needed. Hopefully, Patrick Chung will fill this void.
Mayo and Wilfork are the real deal but we need more than two guys on defense to take us where we need to go. I don't believe in Seymour and the other linebackers aren't getting it done. RESPONSE: LBs in general did not get it done last year. I'm a bit less critical of Richard Seymour, who at times gets double-teamed. Though not the beast he once was, and not a "Bruce Smith" type pass-rusher...hes' still a solid player.
On the brighter side, the Pats passing game looks in mid-season form. Brady and Moss don't seem to have lost anything in chemistry.RESPONSE: Amen. Brady looked good to go.
I love J. Edelman. Between he and Welker we should be able to easily move the chains through the air. RESPONSE: Is Edelman a Wes Welker clone? Lets' hope so.
On the downside, Galloway did not impress at all. RESPONSE: Agreed. He looked every bit his 37 years of age.
Maroney needs to go. How many times does he run into the line and fall down? RESPONSE: Didn't see many holes opened for Maroney last night. Keep in mind that hes' only 24 years old. Talent is not the problem with him. Staying healthy has been his problem. If he can avoid injury, he'll rush for at 1000 - 1200 yards, in fairly limited carries. The Pats need to utilize him more as a receiver on swing passes and screens. Hes' very dangerous in open space.
When Morris and Faulk are in there they gain positive yards. Overall, the Pats offense is fine and should tear up the league again.RESPONSE: Agreed.
The defense has not, in my opinion, improved from the last couple of years and will have to be bailed out by the offense. RESPONSE: Too early to tell whether the defense will be improved. The secondary is now young, and athletic. The addition of Ron Brace will enable BB to rest Vince Wilfolk more often. But, lack of an intimidator and a pass rush still appear to be problems. Hopefully, Patrick Chung will become the Pats "intimidator", and Derrick Burgess will upgrade the pass-rush.
Posted by Plluto29[/QUOTE]
The defense definately bears watching.