Re: Grade the Pats
posted at 11/1/2009 11:47 PM EST
In Response to Grade the Pats
[QUOTE]Breer mentioned this website in his post today: http://profootballfocus.com/cstats.php?tab=by_team&season=2009&teamid=19&stats=d&stype=r&playerid=
According to this, our best defenders are Wilfork, Banta-Cain and Merriweather. Our worst defenders are Burgess, Adalius and Jarvis Green. And Maroney is the second worst player on our offense.
Posted by themightypatriotz[/QUOTE]
It also says that Stephen neal is as important as Brady and Welker put together.
Seriously, that is an interesting metric, but before I put stock in it, I would need to see how the come to those figures beyond snap counts.
All in all, I see the defensive rankings as far more accurate. TBC has been huge setting the edge and rushing. He does have the achilles heal of being lackluster in pass pro, but he has basically shown up Burgess and Thomas, two guys with much better pedigrees.
Bodden and Meriweather have been huge for Ne as well. Ironically, I have seen Fork get blown off the ball a few times this season. Even though Wright is a bit of a rusnning liability, I think from a pass rush perspective he has been good enough to outweigh that.
I will judge ILBs once they play some more teams that can move the ball. It has been a few weeks since this defense has been challenged at all, as they have spent a lot of time letting people run at prevent type formations.
On offense, Brady has been the key. As he has gone, so has gone the offense. As he gets more in synch, so do they.
Moss has been enormous this season doing a lot of dirty possesion work and blocking. Welker is Welker, he had some hiccups early on, including a dropped 3rd down pass. But he has been money.
Watson has played really well. He has become a very effective blocker for this team, and is getting some TDs now too.