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    The biggest disappointemnt I have seen the past couple games is even though Randy Moss had another great game, he is also NOT adjusting or fighting to win the matchup to catch the ball! Especially when Tom Brady is a little off target! I hate watching the replay & seeing Moss's hands on his side, waiting for the ball to drop into his hands, just like the int at the beginning of the game.  I'm NOT hating on Randy Moss, because I love him as a wide receiver, but there are times I do feel he gets lazy or too comfortable playing with Ton Brady as QB.
    Posted by mrtm70


    Isn't this just how Moss has always played?  I've read several times how he doesn't raise his arms or even look back so that the defender is not alerted to the ball coming.  I guess you can say that this has sometimes bit him on the backside, but his overall record says this works for him more often than not.  I agree it's maddening to see, but this has been written about a lot.  It's just his style of playing.  The same can be said of his "taking plays off".  Champ Bailey described it best.  It's just his way of duping a defender into thinking he's not the target.  Sometimes he's "taking a play off" and then runs like lightning past the defender.  
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Patriots REPORT CARD : Perfect72...I read your first post & wanted to comment on Henne too.  I am a DIE HARD Pats fan and I live down in FL now & try to see the Fins games every week too (record them if they play the same time the Pats do). Henne has the potential to be the real deal in Miami! I visited a friend today who is a diehard Dolphins fan & we had a constructive conversation about the Fins.  I told him I felt bad for Henne because the Miami coaches aren't allowing him to get into any type of rythem because they keep taking him out to do the wildcat.  Though it seems o work now & again, you can see Henne steaming on the sidelines & if I was him, I would be too!!!  Also my friend wants Ginn to hang himself, lol! We both agreed that Ginn needs to ONLy be a return man for them & then an optional 4th or 5th receiver UNTIL he's practiced enough catches to not drop possible game winning balls.  BLAME Spurano for ill using his QB! SORRY...Anyway, on the PATS! The biggest disappointemnt I have seen the past couple games is even though Randy Moss had another great game, he is also NOT adjusting or fighting to win the matchup to catch the ball! Especially when Tom Brady is a little off target! I hate watching the replay & seeing Moss's hands on his side, waiting for the ball to drop into his hands, just like the int at the beginning of the game.  I'm NOT hating on Randy Moss, because I love him as a wide receiver, but there are times I do feel he gets lazy or too comfortable playing with Ton Brady as QB.
    Posted by mrtm70

    Thanks for the post. At least you admit(as a pats fan) Henne is a legitimate qb for the Dolphins. His face on the sidelines pretty much sizes up what he thinks about the wildcat. I think it totally takes him out of his rhythm. They should just scrap it and play a spread formation. You have to get Henne in the game. He's their future.
     
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    Posted by TexasPat3

    Again, with the potential to be a "decent" player..it pretty much sums up your lack of respect for the Dolphins. Henne is 3-2 as a starter. He beat the Jets twice. He lost to the Saints when Miami had 5 drops in the second half. It's interesting you state how Tedd ginn would transform himself into Jerry Rice if he was on the Patriots. Homerism at it finest. Camarillo is their best receiver..that says it all. He wasn't even drafted. Ginn was taken by Cameron. He's obviously not a Parcells guy. The arrogance you show is getting old...get over yourself. Dolphins will probably not be in the playoffs this year(most likely). It still doesn't change the fact they are forming into what Parcells wants..which is a dangerous team. He's probably  running the wildcat to protect Henne until they get some real talent at the wide out position. In the meantime it frustrates me as a fan to watch such conservative play calling. The coaches aren't GIVING him chances to really sling it out there...
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Patriots REPORT CARD :      I was disappointed in the Pats' performance, even though they won. After all, these weren't the Steelers or Saints that they were facing. This game was too close for comfort. But for the redzone trouble, it would have been an easy win. I was also disappointed seeing Brady throw that early pick...which gave the Dolphins hope of competing. The Pats' will lose in Indy if they settle for FGs.
    Posted by TexasPat3


    "The Pats' will lose in Indy if they settle for FGs".
    well thats obvious lol everyone knows that

    your say obvious things lol
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Patriots REPORT CARD : Again, with the potential to be a "decent" player..it pretty much sums up your lack of respect for the Dolphins. Henne is 3-2 as a starter. He beat the Jets twice. He lost to the Saints when Miami had 5 drops in the second half. It's interesting you state how Tedd ginn would transform himself into Jerry Rice if he was on the Patriots. Homerism at it finest. Camarillo is their best receiver..that says it all. He wasn't even drafted. Ginn was taken by Cameron. He's obviously not a Parcells guy. The arrogance you show is getting old...get over yourself. Dolphins will probably not be in the playoffs this year(most likely). It still doesn't change the fact they are forming into what Parcells wants..which is a dangerous team. He's probably  running the wildcat to protect Henne until they get some real talent at the wide out position. In the meantime it frustrates me as a fan to watch such conservative play calling. The coaches aren't GIVING him chances to really sling it out there...
    Posted by perfect72


    Henne needs receivers and a consistent, real offense in order to get a better gauge.

     Considering his circumstances (poor), I think he's doing well for himself.

    And I hope to see you around here a lot more often.
     
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         A bye week is usually a good thing to have in the middle of the season. But, in the case of the 2009 Patriots, last weeks' bye seem to hurt them. They were on a roll, and were just beginning to look 2007-like crisp....til the bye seemingly slowed their momentum. The Pats reverted to having troubles in the redzone, settling for four FGs...which turned what should have been an easy win into a nail-biter. They can ill afford to settle for FGs next week in Indy. Here are my grades:      A.) OFFENSE: Consistently moved the ball. But, redzone difficulties made this a tougher win than it should have been. 1.) QB: The "Terrific One" posted good numbers, going 25/37 for 332 yards. But, 107 of those yards came on two highlight reel plays made by Randy Moss...as the dink and dunk was very much in vogue. The failure to finish drives that was so prevalent early in the season, reared its' ugly head this week...and could have cost the Patriots this game. Brady interception on the Pats' initial drive, and the 52 yard FG that followed, gave the 'Fins hope. Though Tom turned in a solid effort against a defense that, 2007 aside, has given him trouble over the years...he, along with the coaches, must accept the lion's share of the blame for the redzone failures: GRADE: B-; 2.) RBs: Workman-like performance by the overly criticized Laurence Maroney, who carried 20 times for 82 yards...just enough to keep the 'Fins' defense honest. Kevin Faulk chipped in with 4 receptions for 35 yards.  GRADE: B; 3.) OL: Protected Tom Brady well. Would like to see them be more physical at the point of attack on running plays. With Dolphins' NT Jesse Ferguson, and ILB Channing Crowder out, it seems that the Patriots should have been more successful running the ball than they were: GRADE: B;   4.) WRs & TEs: Generally a good job of blocking by the TEs...and Ben Watson contributed in the passing game, with 4 catches for 49 yards. Another sensational game by Randy Moss against Miami, as he finished with 6 catches for 147 yards...including the two highlight reel plays discussed above. Wes Welker had his usual good "move the chains" game, with 9 catches for 84 yards. The Pats still lack a solid 3rd WR, as Sam Aiken returned to earth after his big game in London: GRADE: A;      B.) DEFENSE: Caged the "Cat" for most of the game...with the noticable exception of the two Miami TD drives. Though this unit allowed too many third down conversions, it managed to stop the Dolphins when needed in the 4th quarter.   1.) DL: No fancy stats, but controlled the "Cat". Though the Dolphins managed to rush for over 130 yards for the game, 35 of those came one one Pat White wildcat. Seemed to control the line of scrimmage, which in turn freed the LBs to make plays. GRADE: B; 2.) LBs: Jarod Mayo is the Patriots' Patrick Willis...as he finished with a game high 12 tackles, 7 of which were solos. Fellow ILB Gary Guyton chipped in with 5 tackles (4 solos), and OLBs Tully Banta-Cain (9 tackles/5 solos) and Adalius Thomas (4 tacles, 2 solos, and a sack) made plays throughout the day. GRADE: A-; 3.) SECONDARY: Brandon McGowan is proving to be one of the free agent steals of the offseason...as he was in on 11 tackles, 8 solos. A solid day of tackling by this unit, as Darius Butler, Leigh Bodden, Brandon Meriweather, and Patrick Chung  combined for 19 tackles, including 15 solos...and a sack (by Chung). I've seen a marked improvement in the play of Chung over the past two games. No big pass plays allowed...but thats' kind of expected against the Wizards of the Wildcat. GRADE: B+;      C.) SPECIAL TEAMS: Kept Jets buster Ted Ginn under control. It could be that the Patriots have found their own Ted Ginn in KR/WR Brandon Tate, who averaged over 30 yards on two chances. Tate bears watching. Outstanding 4/4 day for "The Ghost", who put the game out of the Dolphins' reach late in the 4th quarter. Punter is still a question mark: GRADE: B+;      D.) COACHING:  BB and his band of brothers had two weeks to prepare for the "Wildcat". Save for a couple of long-"cat" TD drives, one of which was fueled by the aforementioned 35 yard Pat White run, BB and his staff were able to cage it. Granted, though the Dolphins are an underrated team, the Pats' lack of success in the redzone must be addressed...and solved by next Sunday. GRADE: B-;      E.) PLAY OF THE GAME:  The 71 yard catch and, mostly run, by Randy Moss ;      F.) GAME BALL:  Randy Moss.     Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291108017       Oh...incidently, Dolphins' LB Joey Porter failed to make the stat sheet. I guess Porter used up all of his energy smack-talking before the game...LOL!!      Thoughts?        
    Posted by TexasPat3


    I can't disagree with much. That 10+ minute drive killed me but I blame the defensive play calling as much as anything. They seemed to be very successful when they blitzed but they didn't blitz as much as I thought they would. I wish they would get more aggressive on defense. That's my only complaint and I don't know if I could lower the coaching grade to a C just because of that. It was a good win.
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Patriots REPORT CARD : Thanks for the post. At least you admit(as a pats fan) Henne is a legitimate qb for the Dolphins. His face on the sidelines pretty much sizes up what he thinks about the wildcat. I think it totally takes him out of his rhythm. They should just scrap it and play a spread formation. You have to get Henne in the game. He's their future.
    Posted by perfect72


    You know something, perfect..  as mrtim70 says, a QB would feel dissed when their team runs the "wildcat" so often.  Seems they need these gimmick plays to make the offense go, sort of a slap in the face saying.. " we do not think you are good enough to lead the offense 100% of the time while it is out there, we need gimmicks."  When you think about it, if the wildcat was so good, why go back to typical setups and run it 100% of the time?
     
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    TP as per usual your report card is quite throrough and accurate.  To me it is kind of funny with the day Brady had that he grades out at a B-, as we have come to expect so much from him.  For most QBs that is a B+ at worst.  He underthrew RM on the early deep ball, and the RZ did hurt a bit, but they did enough to win.  BJGE did not help with his drop, but my question is why have him running a 10 yard out in the end zone, guess no one else expected it either.  So that didn't help Brady.  Thought the draw on 3rd and 8 was a little conservative, and had to settle for 3.  One thing on the dink and dunk - it did win this team 3 Super Bowls. 
    Thought the O Line was fantastic being at the game, that may be my lone disagreement - even an A-.  The RZ sack on Brady in the first half was great coverage, and Brady should have chucked it into the stands.  They opened some huge holes for Maroney, but on the short yardage situations a Taylor or Morris would help big time!  Indy and NO - both tremendous offenses - both struggled in divisional games this weekend as well, so we can't be too hard on the lads.  Keep in mind too that Miami was basically playing a playoff game, as they are pretty much eliminated now unless they go on some miraculous run - although highly doubtful.  Lastly, I do think Henne may have a decent career ahead of him.  This is only his second year, and he does show flashes and Michigan has a pretty good pedigree of NFL QBs.    
     
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     The troubling feeling I came away with after watching yesterday's game was that a mature QB would have picked us apart. We get absolutely no pressure from rushing 3 or 4 linemen. Certainly Henne has alot of upside but I think vintage Pennington would have caused us way more trouble.. Peyton Manning may be salivating about his prospects next sunday. Our corners still play really soft and often receivers seem to grab 6 or 8 yards of separation from our cover guys. We've just got to take more timely chances with our blitzes and pray they generate a turnover or two. And why is Springs on the field at all?
     
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    TEX agreed with all except Coaching.

    Coaching deserves a "C" at best.  Too close of a game against inferior competition and 2 weeks to prepare and rest.

    A 10 Minute Drive to start to 3rd quarter with absolutely no pressure on the QB, allowing the Phins back in the game, was unacceptable.  Pats should have applied the Blitz pressure that was very successful by the JETS.....

    Otherwise an Excellent Report Card. 

    Defensive Player of the Game.... MAYO
     
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    I had the feeling Henne did not love the WildCat switching in and out with White. especially when he was sacked for a big loss near the end of the game. He had a look on his face on the sideline that said he was not happy...
     
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    Ok Tex, I get your points..and no you didn't offend me..thanks though..we will see you guys in a couple of weeks.
     
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    I peg the Dolphins with an extremely high power rating, and have the utmost respect for them.  To off them by two scores is, mmm, actually average for the Patriots, which says something about the Pats.  However, I don't give the "A" student a "C" just because they did average for themselves.  They get an A for aceing a brutal midterm.  The Fish are 3 games back.  "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

    The Jets are 2 games back, and if New England can manage to beat the Jets at Foxboro, New England adds another game to that lead and nails down the divisional record tiebreaker on the Jets too.  It's cruise control time on a couple of apparently excellent but unlucky rivals.
     
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