Patriots @ Dolphins REPORT CARD

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    Well done. I agree 100%.

    Two thoughts: Dowling looked great for a rookie; 85 is a liability at this point.
     
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    Awesome review! I agree with almost every one of your points. I have faith in Gostkowski and over his career he has been pretty relibale from 50 and in. He just missed this particular kick badly. And although Zoltan didnt have great stats, I thought he had a very good game dropping one punt inside the 5, and another inside the 20.
     
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    mccourty is competitive and after watching butler and others i'm glad to see it-
    but i do think his recovery speed is way down compared to last year. he is side-by-side, but once the ball is in the air and he turns to look for it, he slows. i think he is probably just getting up to speed
    ras-i looked pretty good considering he missed most of camp

    I can't believe that the pats got gronk and herndo2.0 in the 2nd and 4th rounds of the draft and the major impact it has had on the pats offense- awesome
     
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    Regarding Gostkowski... perception is a funny thing.  In this case, yours is completely off.

    Ghost is 7th all time in career field goal percentage.  He is 18/27 (67%) all time on kicks from 40+ yards.  That is an excellent percentage.

    Nate Kaeding, the NFL all-time leader in FG%, is 46/65 (71%)

    Old friend Adam Vinatieri is 102/149 (68%)

    Mike Vanderjagt appears to be #1 all time at field goals from 40+ yards at 81/107 (75%)
     
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    Nice job TP3. My only point of real disagreement is also regarding Gostkowski. He's coming off a torn quad and a little slack may be in order here.
     
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    It looks like the Pats will have a pass rush this year.  Wilfork and Haynesworth are going to be a handful up the middle.  Containment may be a problem.

    This is about the most accurate I've ever seen Henne.  He didn't have a lot of time and got rid of the ball very quickly.  The pocket seemed always on the verge of collapse.  Even though I scratched my head on what was going on in the defensive backfield Henne was very much on his game making things perhaps look a lot worse than they actually were.  I'm encouraged.
     
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    obviously....  i was not haunted watching pats last night... but its early and the defense is still feeling things out...thought fletcher looked great... and albert after not playing last year had some good push... chung looked good as well...

    dowling seems to be able to hold his own... it looks like waters is a rock on the right side as well.....things look promising...
     
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    First off, I don't care if it is Game 1, this is a huge win.

    It's an AFC win.
    It's a division win on the road.

    Obviously TB was immense.  The OL was solid.  I loved Waters all night.
    In my mind, the top 5,6, or 7 Pats were all on the O-side of the ball.

    This team will go as far as O'Brien can take it.  There are still times when he leaves me scratching my head.  Like the INT where he has Branch "blocking" (and whiffing) on a screen for Edelman.  I will harp on this all year - if they can't execute RB and WR screens they will still come up short when it counts in the playoffs.

    Lowest grade of the night goes to ESPN, where replays of controversial calls were as difficult to find as missing frames from the Zapruder film.
     
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    Defense has a long way to go. 
     
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    Did you see how Miami players were sucking air late in the game? How can Miami field so many players out of condition? Got to love the hurry up offense.
     
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    TP - great summary as usual.
    I've never seen Brady as acurate as he was tonite, especially on long throws.
    Of course he generally had a ridiculous amount of time to sit in the pocket
    and find the open receiver. Waters was very impressive for a guy who's been with the team for 8 days. After Koppen went out,  the right side of the offense
    played super for a group who had never played together and were all basically playing a  new position. Hopefully, the OL is upgraded this year and will continue to give Brady great protection. I realize the OL is thin depth wise but as long as those guys play like that, it'll be a great season.

      I agree with another poster about McCourty's lack of recovery speed being a concern. He had excellent recovery time last season. Is he playing with an injury.
     
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    By my count, NE only sent extra rushers ten times the entire game. They had four sacks. 

    They got four sacks last season like once ... and it was the result of many unsuccessful blitzes.

    It is hard to take this one as gospel. NE looked terrible on the first drive, and it wasn't until garbage time prevent defense that Henne started racking up yards. 

    Chung didn't let a single play get past him. He looked great. A sack and two players injured because of his hits. 

    Barrett? Well, it must be tough getting your name called twice on national TV in your debut. He looked lost, and bit on a couple PA fakes. 

    The thing that is most promising is how good Haynesworth looked on the short few snaps he was in there. One holding, one TFL, and a pressure. Plus Wilfork looks a lot more dangerous in the passing game when he is playing as an interior tackle. Mark Anderson looked great. 

    McCourty had a rough night. He needed some help out there, and NE was playing one deep. He did make a nice play at the goal line to stop that drive. 

    Ras-I looked great for a rookie. He made one mistake, but was largely covering well. 

    Dane Fletcher made a few mistakes. Fasano ran right past him a couple times. He is great heading forward ... but he is slow and mechanical in his drops and doesn't get back in time to get set and recover to run with a TE or move on a crossing route. 

    The offense? I can't wait to see what it looks like with a healthy Ridley and Vereen or (perhaps more important) a healthy Price. Taylor Price looked bigger and faster than anyone NE put on the field tonight. Hernandez looks truly special ... though I wish he would stop flirting with fumbles. He is a HUGE key to this 2TE offense working. He is too big for a CB, so you can run into nickel, and no S or LB has been able to cover this cat ... so going that route opens things up in the passning game. He is devastaingly quick, even running past corners with his burst. Wes Welker looked off all last season ... he looks better than he has ever looked now though. 

    Tom Brady is the MVP again. Book it. 
     
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    What a great start to the season. Thanks for posting the videos of Wes and TB icing on the cake TD. How sweet it is.
     
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    Good job as usual Tex.  I will give the secondary a bit of a pass, as its early and week 1 usually is a track meet...not many offenses were stopped this w/e, but I like the potential of this secondary unit and so far the Barret/Brown combo has done ok, and w/Brown playing SS on early downs and Brown playing FS on passing downs, they may have found an answer short term at least, lets keep our eyes opne to any pickups after week 1 where contracts arent garuanteed

     
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    Regarding Gostkowski... perception is a funny thing.  In this case, yours is completely off. Ghost is 7th all time in career field goal percentage.  He is 18/27 (67%) all time on kicks from 40+ yards.  That is an excellent percentage. Nate Kaeding, the NFL all-time leader in FG%, is 46/65 (71%) Old friend Adam Vinatieri is 102/149 (68%) Mike Vanderjagt appears to be #1 all time at field goals from 40+ yards at 81/107 (75%)
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    MattC05.... Thanks for bringing the stats in here... I Know perception has been such that Vinatieri is a god (I love him don't get me wrong but) Ghost I believe is ahead of Adams pace or was before his injury anyway in FG's made and Overall accuracy % and points. 
     
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    I was at the game in the end zone where the Pats held on fourth and half a yard. This was THE turning point as Wes' catch followed. My point is that Wilfolk and Haynesworth lined up side by side and it was clear the Dolphins were not even thinking about a run. Somebody ask Vince what he thinks about Albert. Together these two could stop a truck.
     
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    Good point by ZB on the defense. We basically got pressure on Henne without sending any extra defenders. I thought Mayo would be blitzing a bit more like we saw in preseason, but he didn't. you think this is because Spikes is out, or just gameplanning?

    I wasn't overly impressed with Fletcher or Guyton's coverage skills. They got burnt several times by Fasano. Surprising given how fast Guyton is. I'm wonderingn if Edds is good in coverage?

    Nice summary Tex. Agree on all point. Do we IR Koppen and bring in another OL?
    I thought Ocho looked lost last night. I think this offense much better with Price in for Ocho. if we can count on Slater to give us a bit of what he did last night, that is just a bonus. Adding in Ridley and Vereen just adds another dimension to the rubix cube. I was surprised to see Woodhead lining up wide..it seems we have endless formations using similar/same personnel. Sky the limit on Offense. Defense will catch up as they start to gel.
     
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    I thought the defence played decent given the conditions. It was warm and very very humid here yesterday.

    Dolphis were 2/19 for 3rd down which is pretty good. Out of 4 the 2 4th downs came in when the game was out of hands anyway. 
     
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    It looked to me like the game plan coming in was to limit Reggie Bush and force Henne to beat the Pats in the air. Sure Henne played fairly well and racked up a lot of yards, but after watching BB work for years, it looked to me like it was deliberate. "If we get in a shooting match, you won't win."

    The D looked great stuffing the run; still some work to do on pass defense, but overall they were decent. Henne played out of his shorts, I'd be surprised to see him repeat that on a consistent basis. Having said that, Marshall is a beast while Bess and Fassano are good playmakers.

    Re: Gostkowski, I think he's an excellent kicker. I can tell you for sure as someone who has played a lot of soccer (and everyone kicks the football "soccer style" now) that every now and then, you shank one off the outside of the foot, and that's what Ghost did on that FG - plenty of distance, just blew the technique.

    But boy isn't it great to have the Fall upon us again?! Football is on, the Pats look good, and the B's are in camp this weekend. :)
     
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    Also, it was a tough game for the officials and the ESPN crew. Hard enough to listen to John Gruden's constant suckups, but the video crew was bad, no replays on several plays that were controversial, and poor Jaworski dropping the S-bomb on the national audience.

    Officials blew a bunch of "makeable" calls, including a clear pass interference against Miami when the corner grabbed Ochocinco's (I think) shirt to break up a pass. One apparent unintended consequence of the video replay era is that officials seem reluctant to make tough calls, even when they are right in front of their faces. Since they know the play will likely get reviewed anyway, they either hesitate or make the "safe" call. It can be frustrating!
     
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    Nice work Tex...

    The offense looked to be in mid season form and the kid Solder IMHO was the player of the game on offense...He pretty much manhandled Wake all night beating him one on one and thus the Pat's didn't have to chip or double him...When you "stop" a teams top pass rusher without having to double him, it opens up a lot of the playbook...

    The defense; playing the new 4-3 (which I love by the way) looks to be a work in progress...Certainly not a dominant performance but there were some very promising signs...I'd grade the overall perfromace as a C...liked what I saw from the rookie Iras-Dowling...big kid with sound technique...McCourty held his own but I'd say he lost his 1 on 1 battle, but fought as good fight. Marshall is a big physical reciever with the ability to run a tough cover 1 on 1 he did however keep him off the scoreboard. The more I see him the more I like this Fletcher kid and the DL with both Wilfork and Hayneworth is gonna be tough to run on...agree that safety is an area needing improvement Chung is solid, reminds me of a young Rodney Harrison "big hitter"

    If this defesne can shore up a few holes...it has the look of a top ten defense...
     
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    Just wanted to add to that recent post about phin fans.  Lets not forget , their best Cb V.Davis was absent from this game for the most part. Not sure when he got hurt, but that was big, as Brady immediatley attacked the new guy w/good results and Branch was just coming off the line open..That wont happen w/Davis in there...so factor that in.

    Also, have to give kudos to Aaron Hernandez for improving as an in line blocker.  On that Benny TD run, he completely blocked J.Bell (a good safety) right out the play and created a huge hole. He has looked very good in that area, and maybe looks a tad slower...either due to his hip surgery of him getting bigger to improve blocking, but he is still a matchup nigthmare for defense and is a willing blocker as well.  best Tight end tandem in the league by far!!  Gronk was not needed to block all day as the rook Solder held his own just fine..
     
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