Re: Goes to show you what I know
posted at 9/14/2013 9:45 AM EDT
In response to mthurl's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
-I thought we would see Mallett in both weeks 1 and 2 because the Pats would have comfortable leads
-I thought Collins would be on the field in dime coverage
-I thought TWilson played well enough last year and in camp to start the year ahead of Harmon on the depth chart
-I thought Dennard would miss the first 2-4 games with suspension
-I thought to start the season Boyce would have the biggest impact of the 3 rookie WR's
-I never saw Sudfeld as an inline TE taking Gronk snaps, but did think he would be a weapon split out in the Hern role
-I thought Cunningham and Benard were locks for this roster
-I thought Amendola would stay healthy
You thought Amendola would stay healthy? Why?
Here's what I thought...I thought Edelman would be an important piece of the offensive puzzle - not because of pure talent, but out of necessity - so far I've got that right. I thought Amendola would get hurt towards the end of October after leading the league in catches and really screw us up...the scenario that is happening now may actually turn out to help us in the long run (of course him staying healthy all year would of been best). I thought we'd see Collins starting in place of nink on the opposite side of Chandler on pass rushing downs here and there...hasn't happened...although Buchanon has been out there a bit. I thought Boyce would be puttting meaningfull minutes in and really helping...I have no idea what's going on there. I thought our running game wouldn't look nearly as good without a passing game, because I just don't think we are very good in that department...so far that looks true. I didn't think Bequette would make the team, nor Cunningham, and after watching Benard a little more closely I wasn't surprised he was cut either.
What do I think now? I think if ONE - of our only two real defensive tackles - goes down...it's all over folks. This defense we have "rebuilt" will fall apart - and that's just crazy...you "rebuild" something and don't put enough into the defensive middle?? That's the weirdest thing I've seen from this team. The Welker mistake was one thing, but this is ridiculous. I also think that if Edelman goes down before Amendola gets back, we are in trouble. I think the Gronkowski back injury is a question mark that has lost some focus due to all our other problems - but I'll tell yeah if everything were to come together (the stars line up)...we catch a few breaks...this team may actually have MORE than the ones we cruised into the playoffs with the last 4 years. That will take some luck...there will be some real ugly stretches, but if Belichick can hold it all together, we may look more like the Ravens heading into the playoffs (of last year), than the Patriots of the past few seasons.
All the worrying about the DT position... there are 2 dts on the practice squad, plus versatility at the DE position. Relax.
The obvious concern is on the other side of the ball . none of the wrs have shown up yet and hopefully some of that is the short week. Should have kept SIMS in the mix to see if his big frame would be a better option than Boyce for instance.