Feeling GOOD about 2-0
posted at 9/15/2013 6:19 AM EDT
Seems a LOT of people around here have a big problem with the Pats. Many of the talking heads as well.
I heard someone on TV, maybe radio, commenting that BB actually seemed almost happy in the post game conference on Thursday, and was surprised.
But, why WOULDN'T he be?
His team is 2-0, both division wins.
The D has looked very good. Can only play who's in front of you, so save it.
Would it be nice to watch Brady zipping the ball to all-pros on the outside and in the slot? Sure it would!
Am I going to complain that he isn't?
2 games in and people want to feel bad for the uber-rich, super model marrying, 3 ring having, very fortunate Mr Tom Brady for having to 'deal with rookies'.
Poor him, and poor us, right?
This is the NFL. You are ENTITLED to NOTHING, you DESERVE NOTHING. At some point while playing QB for 13 years....you're going to have some questionable WR corps! This makes season TWO for Brady, the only other being 06. And. People. Complain.
How many bad mental mistakes were being made? Yes, rookies ran wrong routes at times...I'm sure they are the only rookies in the history of the NFL to do that, so please, freak out over it.
How many bad penalties? How many off-sides or false starts on 3rd downs? How many PI or illegal contact calls? How many broken Ds? When has a S been grossly out of position? A LBer?
This TEAM is playing very sound football, and nobody seems to notice. Rather focus on young rookies, and one RB who has hands made of margarine. And injuries. It's definitely worth taking time to lament injuries in the NFL too.
Drops? On a rainy night? Noooo....
I saw very encouraging signs. Thompkins and Dobson, for all their struggles...run very precise and crisp routes...even to the wrong place at times. I STILL have faith in Dobson's hands. He caught a quick slant late, went for about 15 yards, and a few things I noticed:
-He got of the line very well, and made a hard, good inside move
-It was a fastball from Brady, and Dobson effortlessly reached his hands out IN FRONT of his body, and caught it, in stride, very naturally. It's all-too-rare to see WRs in the NF not need to catch it against their body.
It seems obvious to me that the kid is overthinking it right now. No better example than when Brady almost drilled him with a pass 15 yards down field he almost didn't get his head around to see. These options rtes are a BTCH, and he's obviously struggling with that. Add to that the pressure of Playing in front of BB, for TB, and on national television, at home, in the rain, in his FIRST GAME EVER...I'll cut him a little slack. Seems reasonable.
Even as that game was close late, and the NYJ had the ball...I was never nervous. Sure it's the Jets, but for the first time in a few years, I had unshakeable confidence that the D would do what they needed to do.
Chandler Jones seems to be right back where he was. To see him getting pressure from the INSIDE was football porn to me. It is going to be fun watching him wreak havoc all season.
McCourty looked very comfortable in the secondary, and I've been pleased with the Hydra of Talib/Dennard/Arrington.
The LBs are one of the better groups in football.
We now have a solid base of players who have actually been together for about 3 straight years (Wilfork, Mayo, McCourty, Spikes, Arrington, Nink). It's been a while since they've had that continuity in good starters.
So, sit back and relax. It's early, this O will play a LOT better as this season rolls along. And I think people will start to realize that it's not just the opponents, this D is also very good.