Re: Do you agree with Ron Borges?:Talent, not coaching, doomed Patriots
posted at 1/19/2011 6:05 PM EST
Every single play you mentioned was a total defensive failure, not the Holmes catch which was tight coverage and a great catch. I write them all off. Period.
Welker is not a home run RAC guy, he can get lost in traffic for five to ten yards but isn't fast enough to run away from most 43 ILBs. If you can't see that watching him, then you are imagining things. Branch is a gillion years old, and does not get open against elite corners. The Jets kept Revis on him this time, and he was a ghost.
Tate made one catch, one catch. It was not the same play. Holmes was literally occluded and still tracked the ball through a CB and still kept his feet in. And Holmes makes catches like that every other week. Tate could not track the ball when he was wide open, and had one juggling catch because he was atrociously late for a catchable ball that a credible deep threat would have taken to the house. Seriously, compare that to the amazing amount of plays where he isn't open because he can't make cuts right and has trouble tracking the ball, then add in his five drops on easy catches, and it is evident that he just doesn't have the natural talent to be an NFL big play WR. Sorry. That is my evaluation.
I could go to the Panthers roster and do what you just did. Name a play for each loser against the worst players in the league that were broken plays, or find a guy who played terrible all season long and had one good play. Doug Gabriel had a 45 yard catch for NE. Maybe they should get him? Yeah, check, he is every bit as good as Santonio Holmes. Right. Now I've figured it out.
Here is what it is:
Branch -- aged guy who is almost a JAG, but can make a savvy play
Welker -- very good (no longer elite or even great) slot guy with zero home run ability
Tate -- very disappointing second year player with little promise outside of speed
Pryor -- absolutely unknown commodity who they wouldn't let on the field until a game that was 100% garbage time
Hernandez -- promising rookie TE with ups and downs
Gronk -- promising rookie TE, who is more a possession guy
The last two, who do NOT match up on the perimeter, and are not home run threats. They are TEs. TE's don't take it to the house. And neither of them are the kind of player other teams have to game plan around. And no, neither of them (especially Hern's bunch of drops this season) is as talented before the catch as Holmes is, and neither is as talented after the catch.
You need to watch other teams play man and see what it looks like when you have WRs that go out and get balls that are not perfect throws. NE doesn't have a guy who can do that consistently. That is fact. If you think NE has one WR that matches up with Holmes or Edwards you are not really watching dude. Sorry. If Brady were QBing that game for the Jets, Holmes and Edwards would have had unreal sick numbers, but Sanchez is so terrible it takes him three tries at a wide open WR to get one down. If Cotchery were NE's slot he would be every bit as good as Welker, and would provide a bit more top end speed that would scare defenses.