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Pass D still pathetic

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    Pass D still pathetic

    Anybody notice in the Miami game how many passes on 3rd and 10 or longer were given up buy the Pats secondary? I watched the highlights today and there were a bunch....

     
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    Re: Pass D still pathetic

    I think pathetic is too harsh at this time, although was correct games 1-5.

    I think today the Pats back 4 is playing league average. They are giving up big plays due to miscommunication and misreads, which is to be expected given Talib, Dennard and Mcourt are  relatively new, and Gregory has missed lots of time.

    I still feel Gregory s/b the 3rd S behind McCourtey and Chung if Chung is healthy.

    Lets give credit as well to the D for taking advantage of the tuirnovers given them. They are no longer dropping int's, they continue to take advantage of recovering fumbles, and the QB pressure is steady, although not over whelming. The added wrinkle of Mayo and Arrington blitzing, can only help as opposing teams now have to plan for this.

     
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    And you forget Hartlines drop when he was at least 5 yards beyond Talib, which should have been a Mami TD

     
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    The are improving, albeit not against the iron of the NFL.  They seem to have solved some of their ills by making McC a full-time saftey, developing Dennard, trading for Talib, starting Gregory over Chung and putting Arrington in the slot.  Let's have this conversation again in a few weeks.  At best, their secondary is improving.  At worst, they have a veteran playmaker or two who can change the game even if they continue to be a mediocre or worse pass D.  Re: the pass rush, Cunningham and Jones will be back, Scott looks like he can provide a decent rush and they have a few young guys wating in the wings in Bequette and Francis to help in the short term.  Glass-half-full enough for you?  

    Bottom line, I feel much better about the upside of this D than I did a year ago.   

     
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    Wow, this is the second ridiculous thread you've started this week.  You must be Rusty.

     
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    Re: Pass D still pathetic

    In response to ccsjl's comment:

    And you forget Hartlines drop when he was at least 5 yards beyond Talib, which should have been a Mami TD




    Not to be a putz, but between the O and the D, just what would make you happy to be a Pats fan?  A 16-0 record where they win 54-14 every week?  We can nitpick plays here and there, but I'd rather just enjoy the fact that this team is 9-3 and that their play has been, for the most part, steady if not spectacular. 

     
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    Talib looked out of position or someone was not where expected. Not sure who to blame it on but there were some wide open receivers that could have caught a better thrown pass.  

     
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    In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:

    In response to ccsjl's comment:

    And you forget Hartlines drop when he was at least 5 yards beyond Talib, which should have been a Mami TD




    Not to be a putz, but between the O and the D, just what would make you happy to be a Pats fan?  A 16-0 record where they win 54-14 every week?  We can nitpick plays here and there, but I'd rather just enjoy the fact that this team is 9-3 and that their play has been, for the most part, steady if not spectacular. 



    its ok that you are a putz.

    isnt the purpose of this board for fans to voice their opinions on the Pats? It is evident to all who opine, that the playoffs are a foregone conclusion, so what is it going to take to win another SB while surely facing Manning, Rothlsberger, Schaub and hopefully Rodgers, Ryan or Eli. Is this defense good enough if any one of those QB's bring their "A" game, and will this offense score enough points...

    isnt that what all the debate is about every day?

    Everyone is happy with record, but nit picking is why we sign in. Wouldnt reading that everyone on the PAts is peachy great be boring? 

     
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    I like the direction the D is headed...

     
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    Should be interesting to see the next few games against a legit offenses...Sorry but in last few weeks nobody is going to accuse the Bills, Jets and Fins of being great passing offenses...Personally, I still believe to win the championship, DEFENSE and a GROUND game win it for ya....Isnt that what beat the Pats in their last 2 SB appearances?

     
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    In response to rkarp's comment:

    In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:

    In response to ccsjl's comment:

    And you forget Hartlines drop when he was at least 5 yards beyond Talib, which should have been a Mami TD


    I just wanted to be sure that my comment wasn't construed as a personal attack is all.  Yes we should nitpick, but I refuse to be one of thos glass-half-empty guys that can't see the big picture or who consistenly finds the flaws while glossing past the good things this team is doing.  It's not all bad news in Foxboro, the Pats are one of a handful of teams with a legit shot to win it all. 

    There is no perfect team out there right now.  There are just some teams that screw up less than other teams. 



    Not to be a putz, but between the O and the D, just what would make you happy to be a Pats fan?  A 16-0 record where they win 54-14 every week?  We can nitpick plays here and there, but I'd rather just enjoy the fact that this team is 9-3 and that their play has been, for the most part, steady if not spectacular. 



    its ok that you are a putz.

    isnt the purpose of this board for fans to voice their opinions on the Pats? It is evident to all who opine, that the playoffs are a foregone conclusion, so what is it going to take to win another SB while surely facing Manning, Rothlsberger, Schaub and hopefully Rodgers, Ryan or Eli. Is this defense good enough if any one of those QB's bring their "A" game, and will this offense score enough points...

    isnt that what all the debate is about every day?

    Everyone is happy with record, but nit picking is why we sign in. Wouldnt reading that everyone on the PAts is peachy great be boring? 




     
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    In response to ccsjl's comment:

    Sorry but in last few weeks nobody is going to accuse the Bills, Jets and Fins of being great passing offenses...




    2nd half of season included Bills, Dolphins and Colts.  Bills and Dolphins have more passing yards then Seattle and Arizona who they played in the first half and the Colts who they played in the 2nd half have more passing yards then anyone the Pats played in the 1st half of the season, including Denver.  Man, look at these things before throwing out comments doubting my facts.

     
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    In response to TFB12's comment:

    In response to ccsjl's comment:

    Sorry but in last few weeks nobody is going to accuse the Bills, Jets and Fins of being great passing offenses...




    2nd half of season included Bills, Dolphins and Colts.  Bills and Dolphins have more passing yards then Seattle and Arizona who they played in the first half and the Colts who they played in the 2nd half have more passing yards then anyone the Pats played in the 1st half of the season, including Denver.  Man, look at these things before throwing out comments doubting my facts.




    the stats are facts, but are really useless facts. it does not factor in dropped passes, over thrown passes, or how often recievers are free behind the DB's and the QB looked another way....

    Tanneyhill has had a few good games, but against the Pats he was horrible. He missed open guys, made bad decisions. Many will say that the Pats D forced the outcome, many will say the Phins offense played poorly. Bottom line, the stats don't acknowledge any of this  

     
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    New England until 2 weeks ago sent extra rushers a league low 15 % of the time. Last year it was the same story. This is the reason we give up yards. We don't go after the QB until BB feels the players are disiplined enough to do so. Drafting a player like Dennard in the 7th rd and adding Talib for a steal has allowed BB to be more aggressive.

    Putting his best player in the secondary(DMC) at safety imo is really the difference. We needed a disiplined cover safety who can tackle and be right place right time. Chung was a physical player but couldn't stay healthy and can't cover well enough. DMC,Gregory(another solid player) Dennard and Talib are the reason we can now send extra rushers and will be the reason the all important "passing yards allowed" stat will get better. Then maybe we can stop reading sour opinions of how our defense is "pathetic".

     

    Q. I don't know what Bill Belichick has done to the secondary over the past few games, but he needs to keep it up. Steve Gregory is proving to be a better safety than what New England had in all of 2011. We've been critical of Kyle Arrington this season, but he's still an excellent run defender. The issue may have been covering on the outside receivers as opposed to slot receivers where he's best suited. He kept Davone Bess in check on Sunday. Devin McCourty has improved at cornerback from 2011, but at the moment he should stay at safety. The long plays have been kept at a minimum since the transition. The tandem of Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard allows Belichick to play more physical on outside receivers. Granted everyone stays healthy, this could be a sign of the secondary turning the corner at the right time. At the moment, could you see a better combination in the secondary? Is it likely that this group is capable to allow the Patriots to be more aggressive in the defensive play-calling? -- Alvin (Amherst, Mass.)

     

     

    A. Alvin, the statistics support the thought that with more stability in the secondary, it has allowed the coaching staff to be more aggressive. Before the Patriots acquired Talib on Nov. 1 from the Buccaneers, they rushed five or more defenders a league-low 15 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information tracking. With Talib, the number of rushes with five or more defenders has spiked to 28.3 percent. They've been better, although there are still some issues to address (e.g. play-action pass from Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline that should have been a TD after Steve Gregory appeared to bite on play-action). Specific to Arrington, I think it's an interesting topic because it appears to be a "less is more" type situation. Given the opportunity to focus solely on slot duties, he's playing the best he has all season.

     
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    Re: Pass D still pathetic

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    New England has played cr@p offenses all season. Their defense hasn't been matched against a single top 10 offense, discounting the Broncos who were a stumbling mess when they met. 

    Buffalo, who they saw in both halfs, is the  best offense they've seen at 17th. 

    In fact, this is probably one of the easiest defensive schedules I can recall seeing in recent memory. Zona, Seattle, Jets, Ravens, Tennessee, Miami, St Louis? That is really just a collection of terrible offenses. 

    That NEs defense hasn't played them better all season is worrying. 



    Since this thread is aimed at Pass D, to be fair the Colts are ranked 5 in passing yards.

     
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    I think the D is ranked 15th or 16th overall, not too shabby. Best part is they look a bit better each week. Our D inside the 20 is above average and our take-aways are above average.

    I'm very happy with what I have been seeing each week.

    The secondary is being helped by a D that has clearly been unleased with more pressure and less fancy 2 step dancing. I also love the new agressive approach, hope they keep it up.

     

     
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    Point taken.

    Keep in mind though, outside of the turnovers the Colts moved the ball well.

    The Colts converted over 50% of their 3rd downs. They passed well over 300 yards. They ran over 100 yards. They scored 24 points.

    Andrew Luck threw a few mistake passes -- which made the score really lopsided. But I won't pretend their offense didn't move the ball well. 

    The concern, for me, is that those turnovers tend to evaporate when NE is not scoring points in bunches. Whenever the game slows down the past few seasons, the defense slows down. 




    Yes, you are correct, the Colts did move the ball in the air and scored 24 points.  But the inital comment was they have not played a top 10 Offense besides the Broncos when in fact they did play the Colts who is passing very well.

    It's always hard to count on getting turnovers and this team gets a bunch of them but if they should be in a dog fight and the O isn't scoring and they aren't causing turnovers then we have a bit of a problem.  However, I think the D isn going the right direction, they are getting better, not worse, IMO!!  So I like what I am seeing so far this second half.  We will know a lot more after Monday night.

     
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    Re: Pass D still pathetic

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    I think the D is ranked 15th or 16th overall, not too shabby. Best part is they look a bit better each week. Our D inside the 20 is above average and our take-aways are above average.

    I'm very happy with what I have been seeing each week.

    The secondary is being helped by a D that has clearly been unleased with more pressure and less fancy 2 step dancing. I also love the new agressive approach, hope they keep it up.

     




    The Pats are ranked 26th in total D.  They are tied 14th for points against.

     
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    Yup, we give up yardage with long passing plays (hurts our yardage given up in games average)

    But, we hold our own with POINTS scored on us very respectfully I think.

    But, I don't care how many yds we gave up in the early weeks. I do believe our D has made solid progress.

     

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1423691-2012-fantasy-football-team-defense-rankings-nfl-week-13

     
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    The are improving, albeit not against the iron of the NFL.  They seem to have solved some of their ills by making McC a full-time saftey, developing Dennard, trading for Talib, starting Gregory over Chung and putting Arrington in the slot.  Let's have this conversation again in a few weeks.  At best, their secondary is improving.  At worst, they have a veteran playmaker or two who can change the game even if they continue to be a mediocre or worse pass D.  Re: the pass rush, Cunningham and Jones will be back, Scott looks like he can provide a decent rush and they have a few young guys wating in the wings in Bequette and Francis to help in the short term.  Glass-half-full enough for you?  

    Bottom line, I feel much better about the upside of this D than I did a year ago.   



    yes. and while it's impossible to get an accurate read when a team plays inferior competition the signs all point to some improvement and maybe some growing confidence. some blitzing and mixing it up in recent weeks is also encouraging, and seems a change from that passive vanilla d the team employed for the first half of the season. if everyone is healthy, you have to feel better about the edge with a little depth (cunningham/scott); the LBs and DL are both solid... the dbs are not going to be a strength, but despite Talib getting beat on several occasions there's is something to be said for an infusion of pure talent, which the guy obviously has. i think his presence has taken off some of the pressure. he may not be a revis shut down type exactly (who is?), but he's an athlete who is skilled in the cover game. corners who can play top receivers (whether you deem them lockdown guys or not) can have a tremendous impact on a defense. mccourty's move to safety; dennard's physical presence; arrington being physical with slot receivers he can actually stay with (he gets killed with outside speed guys); as if in response to what's going on around him, Gregory getting more physical. Just seems like some positive things are happening.

    NOW, the true test will come against Houston and San Fran, but better to be in this place than where they were for much of the season when the d backfield appeared to be in shambles. this may never be a great set of dbs, but the team doesn't necessarily need them to be great. just reasonably solid. 

    one thing you have to like about the d as a whole is that they are opportunistic and can turn the ball over - huge anytime, but especially in the playoffs.  

     
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    Tough to really tell how this defense is after playing two poor offenses, but at least Trevor Scott got out there and did something. I'd really like to see a guy like that replace Nincovich. Adding a guy like Talib has got to help, even if it's not always obvious and Dennard plays tough. I do worry about our defensive line on the inside (our tackles), because outside of Wilfork these guys get pushed back in the running game and that is going to catch up to us soomer or later. And it would really help if a defensive tackle could get some push from the inside and help out our outside guys (who look pretty talented).

     
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    Re: Pass D still pathetic

    In response to ccsjl's comment:

    And you forget Hartlines drop when he was at least 5 yards beyond Talib, which should have been a Mami TD




    Talib was supposed to be in Zone with Gregory over the top. Gregory blew the assignment and Talib had to try and catch up once he realized what was going on. Not Talibs fault (at least that's what I thought I heard )

     
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