Re: Does anyone want Matt Light back after this?
posted at 2/10/2012 10:51 AM EST
In Response to Re: Does anyone want Matt Light back after this?
[QUOTE]The only players I want off the offense after that game are Ocho and Ben Jarvus Green Ellis. The offensive line can stay. There were lots of pressures, but as usual it was coverage pressure, usually coming after 4 seconds because no one could get open. Ocho is washed, and since Moss declined (before he left) it's been evident NE can't stretch the field. Again, NJ gave them the deep portion of the field, and without a healthy Gronk they can't take it. BJGE is below average, and does nothing to help the offense. And most importantly he hurts his offensive line, generally taking less than what they've blocked for him. They need to replace him if the running game is ever going to be a meaningful component of what they do here. It says volumes that the most dangerous running threats NE had, even in 3TE formations, were a TE and a WR this post-season. That was their "wrinkle" to get over how mediocre this guy is and synthesize a running game. So yeah, two things NE needs ... a running game and a deep passing game .... get rid of the dead weight and replace it with comeptent players.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
We agree on Ocho. Maybe they can trade him because he is low-cost, high-potential at this point. He is just in the wrong offense. He still gets separation.
As for Green-Ellils, how wrong could you be?
1) Only, 3.7 avg., but running a majority of the season with a turf-toe injury. A lot of backs would be gone for the season. He ran behind a super-disrupted line all season. Has the Pats o-line ever been more injured than this season? Ever?
2) 4.4 avg. the previous two seasons. 3.7 his rookie year. I suspect he is capable of 4.4 again.
3) 4.0 avg. for his career, despite being used sparingly, not allowed to find a rythm, and is their primary short-yardage-situation back. If you are running on first-and-goal at the one, you can only get one. If you are running on 3rd-and-one at their 40, you only really need to get one, but you definitely can't fumble on the run. He has been used in those two situations heavily for the past two seasons.
4) Does a decent job of chipping.
5) No career fumbles. That is huge.
6) While he landed a dud in the divisional game, he was very effective in the AFCC and SB this post-season. Why they did not run him (and Woodhead) more often is deeply puzzling, especially when they were nursing a 9-point lead late in the SB. Had they run him and Woodhead more then, we would be posting on threads about how great a coaching job BB did and comparing Brady favorably to Montana as co-GOATs. Which also proves I was right about the importance of them running more when it made sense. Time to admit you've been wrong about that, Z. Everybody could see it. EVERYBODY.
Branch needs to go. IMO, it was not Welker who dropped the key pass. That was almost impossible to catch. Branch dropped a perfect pass with which he likely would have scored. As Cris Carter says, "Branch disappears." He 8is not getting separation and he is dropping fine passes.
Trade Mankins while he still has great value and try to get a superior edge rusher. He had a bad year in many ways, and as I posted here previously, he meekly surrendered the massive hit Brady took that so disrupted Brady's game in the SB. Coming off a Pro-Bowl, he still has cache'. Definitely over-rated. Draft a replacement in the second, third or fourth round. Mankins was getting beat and making stupid penalties. And he is dirty. I think I am of the opinion after these past two years that I just don't like this guy as a player or a person.
Faulk needs to go. Maybe become a coach. I was hoping for him, but it was not meant to be.
Surprised Underwood is already back. He made no plays this year. Maybe they think McD and Brady can work with him to make him a play-maker. We'll see.
I think we all know who McDaniels will bring to N.E. for WR, and I think it is a fantastic move that will solve a serious problem on the offense.
Other than those points, I don't see the O needing wholesale changes. The D needs a passrusher and another good corner is Dowling is proves to be Mr. Glass. I like Moore. Not much on paper for a pedigree, yet get him into a game and he makes plays. McC got better late in the season. I think regular pre-season will help. And they need to gut Guyton and replace him. One more good safety on the roster and I think you have a really good D there.