Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...

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    Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/sports/football/05patriots.html?_r=1&src=twrhp

    This was shocking to me:

    "According to Football Outsiders, Brady has completed 7 of 13 deep passes for 220 yards since Moss was traded, better than when Moss was with the team, and the offense ranks first in points per game. "

     
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    Yeah, I read that this morning.  It is the second long article in that paper about the PATS in about a month or so.  I like the Times sports pages.  Better writers than the Globe I think but less coverage overall. 
     
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    I'm glad the offense is finally getting the recognition it deserves.  #2 in points per drive, #1 in TDs per drive, and #2 in third down conversion percentage.  And the offense has the highest defense-adjusted value over average in the league.  Keep up the good work O'Brien!

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?season=2010&seasonType=REG&d-447263-o=2&conference=ALL&tabSeq=2&role=TM&statisticCategory=GAME_STATS&d-447263-p=1&d-447263-s=DOWN_3RD_PERCENTAGE&d-447263-n=1

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/drivestats
     
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    In Response to Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/sports/football/05patriots.html?_r=1&src=twrhp This was shocking to me: "According to Football Outsiders, Brady has completed 7 of 13 deep passes for 220 yards since Moss was traded, better than when Moss was with the team, and the offense ranks first in points per game. "
    Posted by Pats7393


    Interesting stat.  They didn't define what a deep pass was...greater than 20 yards? Plus, it'd be interesting to see how many of those yards were YACs.

    In addition, the article did a nice job of suggesting the possible good and bad things about losing Moss.

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    According to Football Outsiders, Brady has completed 7 of 13 deep passes for 220 yards since Moss was traded, better than when Moss was with the team, and the offense ranks first in points per game.

    But there are risks to the Patriots’ strategy. Without Moss drawing defenders deep and outside the numbers, Wes Welker has almost no room to move in the middle. In the three games without Moss, Welker is averaging 34 receiving yards (it was 54.25 with Moss on the field), and his yards per reception average has dropped by more than a yard.

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    When the team is 6-1; it's hard to complain about moves Laughing
     
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    Can you imagine what this offense would be like with an impact RB? No disrespect to BJGE who has done a more than adequate job, but a bruiser or break away or combination back who is a little of both could make this offense very difficult to defend.
     
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    everyone has a throw this WR here and a TE here, RB there well that's us that really don't break down film.

    Imagine D coordinators having to face this O and all the weapons without a true #1.  Who do they take away?  WW, ok who accounts for hernandez and woody or Gronk running a fly up the middle I mean the list goes on and the RB is improving. 

    I love BJGE and believe he can be a #1 on consistent basis.  Pats running game is not meant for a dancer or cut back type RB.  It is for a guy to get the ball and hit the hole quick something law firm does very well.  We have a homerun RB woody, a 1st and 2nd down back need that big short yard type guy but overall I like what we have. 

    Also seen Tate fighting to get open more (not due to the long play) if he can create some separation watch out.
     
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    In Response to Re: Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...:
    I wonder why BB felt Pierre Thomas was available with all their RB issues in NOs? Apparently, he was and I find that just strange. But, yeah, imagine Mark Ingram here.  Is Maurice Jones-Drew a FA in 2011?
    Posted by BBReigns



    Russ, you seriously think they'll try to get Ingram? It makes great draft talk but I just don't see us drafting a RB that high.
     
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    http://www.footballsfuture.com/2011/fa/rb.html

    Here's a list of FAs by position, notable RBs:

    DeAngelo Williams
    Jamaal charles
    Cedric Benson
    Jerome Harrison (could be fairly cheap compared to others)
    Michael Bush
    Ronnie Brow (he has not looked the same after the knee)
    Le'Ron McClain (FB who can also run the ball as a RB, this might be a player who ends up as a Patriot.  Takes over for the aging Morris)
    Ahmad Bradshaw
     
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    I see the Giants locking up Bradshaw. What are they going to do otherwise? Give the rock back to Jacobs? HA, RIGHT!
     
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    Re: Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...

    In Response to Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/sports/football/05patriots.html?_r=1&src=twrhp This was shocking to me: "According to Football Outsiders, Brady has completed 7 of 13 deep passes for 220 yards since Moss was traded, better than when Moss was with the team, and the offense ranks first in points per game. "
    Posted by Pats7393


    This is a great article. Thanks for sending along. Funny to see such a good article about the Pats written by a NY reporter. Why couldn't it come from Boston?...

    I am still concerned about our receiving game. We know that Welker and Hernandez will get theirs. If Branch can stay healthy, and if Tate can step up (just a little), this receiving offense will be good. 
     
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    O'Brien needs to  come up with more throws to Hernandez.  The dude is an amazing YAC machine.  2 receptions against Minnesota, 5 SD and 4 Baltimore.  This does not cut it.

    It is criminal to under utilities this guy.  We need to target him a minimum of 10X a game.  He is the fix to the 3 and out issue we have at times.  I believe Brady/O'Brien are targeting Welker (most drops on the team) way to much, kinda like wasting throws to Randy when he was still on the team.
     
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    Too bad there is no comment section after the article.  I would have loved to read Jets fans reactions to this.
     
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    Sorry if I am becoming redundant around here, but if we're on the topic of RB's I still say we draft LaMichael James in the third round.  I like his explosion to compliment Law Firms down hill style. 
     
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    BTW let's not over look that part of the article that states : 

    "The Patriots’ defense ranks 28th in the league (in 2001, it was 24th)."  This is with a much improving D.  Hopefully better things to come as we go a long. 
     
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    Re: Great read about the Pats from a NY reporter...

    Their D is definitely improving as they get more reps.  One thing they are very vulnerable to right now is the play action pass.  Spikes and Mayo are really getting it done against the run.  Fun to watch that but they bite enough on any fake handoff that it leaves the whole middle of the field open.  I watched the game on NFL replay the other night and Favre really exploited this, as have other teams this year.  This is also exacerbated by the Pats choice to play Merriweather so deep on some plays. 
     
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