Re: Pass Rush and Receivers MIA
posted at 9/8/2013 11:48 PM EDT
This IS a work in progress. For a first game in a hostile environment, lousy field conditions against a fired up opponent, I thought it was fine. I'm pleased with the win. Anybody who went into this game thinking they'd win 45-13 or some such thing, has just not been paying attention the past few years. It's always a dogfight at the Ralph, why would this year be any different?
Those of us who have some appreciation of history and perspective did not think they would start this season with guns a blazing. I figured they'd be .500 for the first 6 games. Then Gronk will be back and the youngsters will have some time under their belts and will start to figure it out.
Some of the stuff I read on this board is just plain odd. Like you're watching a different game.
I really don't care what Amendola did (or didn't do) in St. Louis. In this game (which is the only one he's played for the New England Patriots and therefore the only one I care about), he was gritty, played through an obvious injury and made a number of tough catches while getting hammered. Brady didn't do him any favors on some of those throws and he made his QB look good on a few of them. I guess it's his curse to be compared to the former slot receiver. Well, I don't think Welker would have made some of those catches.
Edelman can't catch the ball, did I read that? What's he need to do to prove he's a real receiver? I thought he had a fine game. He outdid the great Welker, by the way.
Vereen was great. He might be the best all-around back this team has had since Curtis Martin. At least he has the skillset. I'm trying to think of a better one and I can't. He's like Faulk, just way quicker. I suspect we'll see more of him, although with this team you never know...
Heck, even Ghost got the job done!
On the negative side, the playcalling, a few defensive breakdowns. Still no pass rush.
A fine first game.