Re: I loved what I saw last night
posted at 9/13/2013 10:49 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Too tired to do any extensive analysis, but a few things really stand out as positives to me from last night:
- Finally, a D that looks like it can control the pace of the game. I know, I should probably reserve judgment until they play a quality offense (jets are far from that), but I was never worried about the team's ability to hold their lead. Haven't felt that way in years. The end of last night's game reminded me of 2003, when Belichick was often content to allow both teams to just eat up clock, knowing his defense was unlikely to give up points.
I was concerned in the 2nd and 3rd when it looked like the Jets could move the ball at will but they really impressed me when they locked it down in the 4th. That was great to see that they could hit another gear when needed
- I really like Jones. Liked seeing him moved inside on passing downs, with Buchanon adding pressure on the end.
Yes very good to see, now if they can just add some blitzes and take advantage of it. No more vanilla D please
Always loved Nink
- Secondary looks good. Gregory is playing well, and Harmon showed up weell when Gregory was hurt.
Yep secondary looked good, still some things to fix (like pass offs between the CB's and S's need a lot of work) but overall look like they are starting to come together
- I am actually excited about the rookie receivers. Yes, the drops and route running mistakes were horrendous. But what stood outmost to me was the fact that both Thompkins and Dobson were getting open all over the field. It's been a lomg time since we've seen that kind of athleticism from our receivers. Now if they can only learn to catch . . .
This I can't really agree with. Rooks are rooks and will make rookie mistakes. That's not the most concerning, but that they have to rely on them and might have to all year does. The rooks have no time to get up to speed which is asking a lot and we might be asking too much of them in year 1. If they were #4 or 5 receiving options that's a different story but they are still unknowns and shouldn't have to be counted on to make those catches in critical moments right now
- Run didn't look good, but I don't think it was a point of focus last night. Seemed to me that BB and McD were finding every possible opportunity to throw to the rookies. I think that was intentional. They want to give those guys lots of practice. The miserable Jets allowed them a chance for a fifth preseason game almost. It think it pays dividends down the road.
I have to agree to a point but when they needed it they couldn't get it. It's fine to work in the rooks and give them time but not in a close game in conditions that you need the run. You also need to practice in those hostal conditions so when the playoffs come around you can get that 1yrd when you need it most.
Overall some good things but some bad things as well. They need to get healthy in the biggest way. The most concerning thing right now to me is the lack or durable vet depth with the offensive weapons and the lack or depth overall on the D side of the ball. I'm afaird the D will wear down as the year progresses and that these nagging injures on the O side won't go away by the playoffs
The run game was the most dissapointing. Everyone said ... just run the ball. It's not working out. Ridley, who hasn't faced any changes, has been gutless.
Last night he subtracted yards through mistakes (cutting back away from short, but blocked yardage into defenders) on a couple plays, and he almost fumbled the game away (again) on a toss play.
If NE is going to weather the storm of playing through two huge inuries and a complete turnover at WR ... to rookies ... they are going to need Ridley to step up. Because of the wrist injury ... NE can't count on Vereen coming in and energizing the offense.
Ridley has to be the guy, and he hasn't played well at all.