Pass Defense: Simply Pathetic?
posted at 10/21/2012 8:40 PM EDT
I know this has been brought up a million times, but seriously, how much more pathetic can the secondary get? It it way worse than last year and 2010. I don't remember it ever being this bad. What exactly is going on there?
Just because the Pats win this game doesn't mean we can put on the blinders and ignore that problem. The fact is that this team simply cannot cover even the most inept offenses in the league. Any QB is almost guaranteed to trip his usual stats.
Again it is just mind blowing that a Belichick defense be this bad! Do people realize that the last time that the Patriots drafted a good CB was in 2003 when they took Asante Samuel. The last time Belichick drafted a good Safety was NEVER! James Sanders was the last "decent" Safety drafted, and for some reason was released before last season.
There is no way that this team can do anything with a secondary this inept. It is scary to think what would actually happen if the defense went up against the Texans, Saints, Eagles, Packers or Falcons. Giving up at least 40-50 points and 500 yards would be guaranted. The defense has given up the most pass plays of 25 yards in the NFL.
I just do not believe BB can do anything to fix this nonsense. They have not shown an ability to fix it in the past. What the Pats need to do is sign a solid CB and Safety next year. If any of you remember, the Houston Texans Defense was historically bad in 2009 and 2010. Wade Phillips came in, signed J. Joseph and drafted Watt, suddenly they have a top 3 defense in the league in 2011.
Why does Belichick tolerate this pathetic pass defense. The defense as a whole seems to be always off balannce and very vanilla. It is frustrating to see how conservative they are throughout the game. If you are being conservative and still giving up 350 yards to Mark Sanchez, then the plan isn't working. Watching the Texans play defense is remarkable. Somehow they are able to mix it up and get pass rushers to have clear lanes to hit the QB. They blitz their corners and safeties to catch the offenses by surprise. They made Joe Flacco look like a 3rd string QB today. Doesn't Belichick watch other teams and try to learn from those who are successful. I know Belichick has forgotten more football in the last 5 minutes than I have known in my life. However it is clear that whatever they have been doing in the past 5 years is not working and worst of all, it is not getting any better. A team without a single decent CB or Safety, that is unheard of.