Re: Falcons @ Patriots REPORT CARD
posted at 9/28/2009 11:27 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Falcons @ Patriots REPORT CARD
[QUOTE]In Response to Falcons @ Patriots REPORT CARD : You are as usual hard on the D. Time of our possession was 2 to 1 ratio and that is outstanding. D deserves an A. RESPONSE: Psycho...the unit played well...but didn't deserve an overall "A" grade. The "D" was only on the field for 20 minutes. Only one turnover generated. The offense dominated (except in the redzone), and made the "D's" job a lot easier. If the "D" forces several turnovers, scores a TD, or is the focal point of a close, low scoring win...thats' the type of material needed for an "A" game. Besides, whats' wrong with two B-plusses and a B? If they did that year round, the Pats would win the SB.
Play of the game was going for it on 4th and a foot on our 25. That was a big game changer because it was a vote of confidence in our D, and they responded by shutting down Atlanta for the rest of the game. 5 drives: fumble, punt, punt, punt, and punt. People think it was crazy of BB to do that, but I think it was brilliant on a few levels. Most importantly sending a message to the D that he was trusting them to bail him out in case he didn't get that 4th and 1. If we had a poor D, no way he calls for that. RESPOND: I tend to agree with you. Great showing of guts by BB, and confidence in his offense...more so than his defense, to get the short yardage needed.
Brady: C, but that is to be expected. By giving him a C, I am respecting his potential to come back from a knee injury. It is not over by a long chalk. That is a devastating injury to overcome, and many players just don't succeed. The hard thing for Brady is that it is on his lead leg which he must apply torque to carry through on weight transfer 100% even though his first instinct is not to do that. If you see his throws sail high, it means he is not following through on weight transfer. RESPONSE: Brady appeared to be more confident in the pocket this week. The weather conditions had something to do with his poor throws.
Receivers: C with Galloway skewing the grading scale. RESPONSE: Though I agree with you on Galloway, to skew the grade that much because of his poor play completely obscures the fine game by Randy Moss, and the big plays made by TEs Watson and Baker.
RB: I think that illegal motion was a bad call because one player can be in motion as long as it is not vertical, and Faulk was not really going vertical, he was veering a little, perhaps a little slant, but nowhere near vertical. I think they deserve a strong B. RESPONSE: Faulk appeared to be going vertical to me. I called the penalty in my own mind before the refs' flag hit the ground. Fred Taylor was outstanding.
Coaching: A Don't know if people noticed, but BB was involved in the playcalling. That is why you saw much more creativity today. More screen, runs, and even a reverse.RESPONSE: All true. But something must be done to improve the performance of the offense in the redzone. TDs, not FGs, are needed to beat teams like the Colts, Jets, and Ravens.
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Overall, I was encouraged by this performance. The offense looked much better (except Galloway, and the play in the redzone), and the secondary looked played alot better.