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         Hard to summon up the energy to compose this report after the Patriots' uninspiring effort against the hated Jets in Gotham. The Pats had a chance to seize control of this game in the first half. But, as was the case last week against Buffalo, they were unable to finish drives...settling for FGs, instead of posting 7s. Lots of blame to go around. But hey, its' still early in the season...and the Patriots will improve as the season progresses. Nor are these NY Jets the second coming of the "85 Bears.

         It is what it is...a regular season loss...albeit a very dissappointing one. Here are my grades:
     
         A.) OFFENSE: It's clear that this group is a far cry from the 2007 unit that swept across the NFL landscape like a Sahara sandstorm. The Patriots failed to score a TD for the first time in 36 games. Is it any wonder that the Pats lost?

         1.) QB: Though Tom Terrific completed a ton of passes, the average gain per completion was a pathetic 4.4 yards! As promised, the Jets blitzed hard and blitzed often, causing many rushed throws, and severly limiting the ability of the Pats to throw downfield. That said, Tom missed several open receivers, as he continues to shake off the rust accumulated from missing the 2008 season. A 53 passer rating is not going to get it done...as Jets' QB Mark Sanchez, operating under far less duress, outplayed his notable counterpart.
    GRADE: C-; 

         2.) RBs:
    Fred Taylor ran well and hard in his Patriots' debut. Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk also had their moments. But Sammy Morris looked slow hitting the line. The Pats, who managed to scrape up 89 yards rushing...probably should have kept at it a bit more, in hopes of wearing down the Jets front seven...and keeping them honest.
    GRADE: C;

         3.) OL:
    Were unable to hold off the blitzing onslaught, even though they prevented Tom Brady from getting sacked. Tom was hit too often, and under fierce pressure throughout. Though this performance was not of the embarrassing variety that the OL experienced in Miami a few years ago, or in the loss to the Giants, it was nothing to write home about. The Jets' front 7 pushed this unit around. Holding call on Steven Neal really hurt. The overall play of this group must improve by leaps and bounds, if the Pats hope to contend.
    GRADE: D+; 

         4.) WRs @ TEs:
    Ben Watson wasn't the factor he was against the Bills...as Tom Brady had little time to seek him out. Randy Moss was awful, and appeared almost disinterested when it became abundantly clear that Brady wouldn't have the time needed to find him deep. Joey Galloway continues to stuggle picking up the offense, and getting on the same page with his new QB. Galloway looked 37, as he had a couple of drops. Julian Edleman, a/k/a Wes Welker Jr., continues to impress with a Welker like 8 catches for 98 yards. Third/fourth WR Jabar Gaffney, who had chemistry with Brady, has been noticably missed. 
    GRADE: C; 

         B.) DEFENSE: Jets did the Pats a favor by being over protective of rookie QB Mark Sanchez in the first half...in which Sanchez threw only 5 passes. But, in the second half, the Jets turned Sanchez lose on the very mediocre Patriots' secondary. Since the Pats' front four were able to apply only modest pressure on the rookie QB, he picked the Pats apart...leading to 13 unanswered points...and the win.
     
    1.) DL: Did a reasonably good job in the first half against the run. But, as stated above, could apply no pressure to QB Sanchez in the second half. As a result, the Pats repeatedly could not get off the field on third down. 
    GRADE: C;

    2.) LBs:
    Were justifiably concerned with stopping Jets' all-purpose pain in the neck RB, Leon Washington...and did a reasonably good job containing him. But, TE Dustin Keller was a killer on a couple of key plays...including the games' lone TD. No pressure applied to Sanchez...but a decent job defending the run, particularly by ILB Gary Guyton, who led the team with 10 tackles.   
    GRADE: C+; 

    3.) CBs: Had no answers for WR Jerricho Cotchery, who averaged a whopping 22 yards per reception. For the second straight week, missed tackles were a problem. It did not help the cause when safety Brandon Meriweather left the game early with an injury.
    GRADE: C-

    C.) SPECIAL TEAMS: 
    The Pats were clearly beaten in this underrated phase of play. Punter Chis Hansen was awful, as he averaged less than 37 yards per kick...including one forgettable 31 yarder. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the sole bright light of this unit, hitting all three of his FGs. The Patriots had problems covering kicks. Returner Leon Washington constantly put the Jets in good field position with his returns...and punter returner Jim Leonhard averaged 12 yards per punt return.
    GRADE: D

    D.) COACHING:
    After a Patriot loss, BB usually explains to the media that, "We all have to do things better...and that starts at the top with me." Although its' usually just coach-speak, this time, it rang true. The OL appears to need a shake-up...37 year old WR Joey Galloway is not cutting it...and there were too many penalties. 
         But, most importantly, the Pats' defense is not playing aggressively enough. As a consequence, they are not forcing turnovers, and not getting off the field enough on third down. Perhaps the current personnel limits BB's options. Nonetheless, the Patriots' defense scares no one.
         First, the Pats made Bills' QB Trent Edwards look like a pro-bowler, as his posted a 114 passer rating. Now the Pats allow a rookie starting his second NFL game to post a 101 rating. With Atlanta (Matt Ryan) and Baltimore (Joe Flacco) coming up in the next two weeks, this is particularly disquieting. 
    GRADE: D

    E.) PLAY OF THE GAME: Mark Sanchez hitting WR Jerricho Cochery on a 43 yard catch and run...setting up the Jets' go-ahead TD;

    F.) PLAYER OF THE GAME: Mark Sanchez.

         Here is the box score: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=290920020.

         Thoughts?

         

                 
     
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    Texas Pat-  I would give Brady a D+.... He had 3 or 4 delay of game penalties, which turned out to be very big.  He was off with his passes not hitting his target.  He could not get into the endzone, even with good field position.  Threw maybe 1 or 2 "long" passes, too many short passes.  A very bad game for Tom
     
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    Sanchez wasn't great. The Pats didn't blitz. Revis was the player of the game. Help or not, he shut down that side of the field.
     
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    Tex, great as always.

    First, EVERY Pats fan needs to put away their "2007 Season" thoughts..  this is not that team!  As for the game..

    True, the Jets pressured Brady almost all the time, Brady did do quite well to slip some of the pressure and, surprisingly, wasn't sacked ONCE!! He did have some pretty decent pocket presence, there.   I am certain many here thought there would be at least a couple sacks given the woes we see on the o-line.  You also don't mention some dropped passes at inopportune times, a few could have kept drives alive.  Also, what happened to some screen passes or sweep style running plays to make the Jets pay the price for jamming the line?  The Jets most likely felt the Pats would continue to try and beat them via the pass and weren't paying that price.  As for the D, it is tough to stop a team when they start at mid-field a lot and miss tackles, again!  If we said at the beginning of this season the Pats D would give up only 17 and 16 points in their first two games, how many would have taken that thinking the Pats would be 2 - 0?
     
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    "Perhaps the current personnel limits BB's options"

    So true. 

    The sad part is that BB is solely responsible for assembling these players (and Coordinator) that don't have the ability, nor have had the ability since Feb-2005, to be a championship Defense.
     
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    Sanchez wasn't great. The Pats didn't blitz. Revis was the player of the game. Help or not, he shut down that side of the field.
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    I agree. Revis, MVP. Brady has been off. He's been off for 2 straight weeks except for the final 5 mins in week one. Even in that final 5 minutes it took a "spectacular" catch by watson.
     
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    Sanchez wasn't great. The Pats didn't blitz. Revis was the player of the game. Help or not, he shut down that side of the field.
    Posted by Caesar1177


         Never said that Sanchez was great. But, he was very good. True, Revis played well, too. But, Revis had help from the Jets' front 7...which afforded Brady little time to throw. 
        
     
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    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Jets Report Card :      Never said that Sanchez was great. But, he was very good. True, Revis played well, too. But, Revis had help from the Jets' front 7...which afforded Brady little time to throw.      
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    Brady had more time then he thought at times as well and just flat out was off his game and did not make the plays he had avaulable to him. It happens. He had a bad game AND the jets played well too.
     
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         Hard to summon up the energy to compose this report after the Patriots' uninspiring effort against the hated Jets in Gotham. The Pats had a chance to seize control of this game in the first half. But, as was the case last week against Buffalo, they were unable to finish drives...settling for FGs, instead of posting 7s. Lots of blame to go around. But hey, its' still early in the season...and the Patriots will improve as the season progresses. Nor are these NY Jets the second coming of the "85 Bears.      It is what it is...a regular season loss...albeit a very dissappointing one. Here are my grades:        A.) OFFENSE: It's clear that this group is a far cry from the 2007 unit that swept across the NFL landscape like a Sahara sandstorm. The Patriots failed to score a TD for the first time in 36 games. Is it any wonder that the Pats lost?      1.) QB:  Though Tom Terrific completed a ton of passes, the average gain per completion was a pathetic 4.4 yards! As promised, the Jets blitzed hard and blitzed often, causing many rushed throws, and severly limiting the ability of the Pats to throw downfield. That said, Tom missed several open receivers, as he continues to shake off the rust accumulated from missing the 2008 season. A 53 passer rating is not going to get it done...as Jets' QB Mark Sanchez, operating under far less duress, outplayed his notable counterpart. GRADE: C-;       2.) RBs: Fred Taylor ran well and hard in his Patriots' debut. Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk also had their moments. But Sammy Morris looked slow hitting the line. The Pats, who managed to scrape up 89 yards rushing...probably should have kept at it a bit more, in hopes of wearing down the Jets front seven...and keeping them honest. GRADE: C;      3.) OL: Were unable to hold off the blitzing onslaught, even though they prevented Tom Brady from getting sacked. Tom was hit too often, and under fierce pressure throughout. Though this performance was not of the embarrassing variety that the OL experienced in Miami a few years ago, or in the loss to the Giants, it was nothing to write home about. But, overall, the Jets' front 7 pushed this unit around. Holding call on Steven Neal really hurt. The overall play of this group must improve by leaps and bounds, if the Pats hope to contend. GRADE: D+;       4.) WRs @ TEs: Ben Watson wasn't the factor he was against the Bills...as Tom Brady had little time to seek him out. Randy Moss was awful, and appeared almost disinterested when it became abundantly clear that Brady wouldn't have the time needed to find him deep. Joey Galloway continues to stuggle picking up the offense, and getting on the same page with his new QB. Galloway looked 37, as he had a couple of drops. Julian Edleman, a/k/a Wes Welker Jr., continues to impress with a Welker like 8 catches for 98 yards. Third/fourth WR Jabar Gaffney, who had chemistry with Brady, has been noticably missed.  GRADE: C;        B.) DEFENSE: Jets did the Pats a favor by being over protective of rookie QB Mark Sanchez in the first half...in which Sanchez threw only 5 passes, completing 3. But, in the second half, the Jets opened things up, and turned Sanchez lose on the very mediocre Patriots' secondary. Since the Pats' front four were unable to apply the slightest amount of pressure on the rookie QB, he picked the Pats apart...leading to 13 unanswered points...and the win.   1.) DL: Did a reasonably good job in the first half against the run. But, as stated above, could apply no pressure to QB Sanchez in the second half. As a result, the Pats repeatedly could not get off the field on third down.  GRADE: C; 2.) LBs: Were justifiably concerned with stopping Jets' all-purpose pain in the neck RB, Leon Washington...and did a reasonably good job containing him. But, TE Dustin Keller was a killer on a couple of key plays...including the games' lone TD. No pressure applied to Sanchez...but a decent job defending the run, particularly by ILB Gary Guyton (who led the team with 10 tackles).    GRADE: C+;  3.) CBs: Had no answers for WR Jerricho Cotchery, who averaged a whopping 22 yards per reception. For the second straight week, missed tackles were again a problem. It did not help the cause when safety Brandon Meriweather left the game early with an injury. GRADE: C- C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:  The Pats were clearly beaten in this underrated phase of play. Punter Chis Hansen was awful, as he averaged less than 37 yards per kick...including one forgettable 31 yarder. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the sole bright light of this unit, hitting all three of his FGs. As was the case last year, the Patriots once again had problems covering kicks. Returner Leon Washington constantly put the Jets in good field position with his returns...and punter returner Jim Leonhard added a couple of good punt returns. GRADE: D D.) COACHING: After a Patriot loss, BB usually explains to the media that, "We all have to do things better...and that starts at the top with me." Although its' usually just coach-speak, this time, it rang true. The OL appears to need a shake-up...37 year old WR Joey Galloway is not cutting it...too many penalties.       But, most importantly, the Pats' defense is not playing aggressively enough. As a consequence, they are not forcing turnovers, and not getting off the field enough on third down. Perhaps the current personnel limits BB's options. Nonetheless, the Patriots' defense scares no one. First, the Pats made Bills' QB Trent Edwards look like a pro-bowler, as his posted a 114 passer rating. Now the Pats allow a rookie starting his second NFL game to post a 101 rating. With Atlanta and Baltimore coming up in the next two weeks, this is particularly disquieting.  GRADE: D E.) PLAY OF THE GAME:  Mark Sanchez hitting TE Dustin Keller for the go-ahead TD; F.) PLAYER OF THE GAME:  Mark Sanchez.      Here is the box score: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=290920020 .      Thoughts?                    
    Posted by TexasPat3

     ARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH! 

    I'll be pithy. I'm too pissed off to provide a lengthy analysis. This was about as pathetic a display of football I've seen from this team. From the coaching staff to the entire team, with a few exceptions on offense and defense. Most notably

    Julian Edelman, Gary Guyton and  Fred Taylor. Those are the only names worth mentioning. I've said before this is a copycat league, and you can't tell me there aren't other teams who are gonna look at the Jets defense today in attacking Brady. We need a lot of improvement and I'm not sure yet if we have the personnel to accomplish the task. 



     
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    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Jets Report Card : Brady had more time then he thought at times as well and just flat out was off his game and did not make the plays he had avaulable to him. It happens. He had a bad game AND the jets played well too.
    Posted by Low-FB-IQ


         No argument here. Brady played poorly. 
     
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    I think that for all that happened the pats d did enough to win the game.  16 points isnt that much in the nfl.  Overall I thought the offense looked lost.
     
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         Hard to summon up the energy to compose this report after the Patriots' uninspiring effort against the hated Jets in Gotham. The Pats had a chance to seize control of this game in the first half. But, as was the case last week against Buffalo, they were unable to finish drives...settling for FGs, instead of posting 7s. Lots of blame to go around. But hey, its' still early in the season...and the Patriots will improve as the season progresses. Nor are these NY Jets the second coming of the "85 Bears.      It is what it is...a regular season loss...albeit a very dissappointing one. Here are my grades:        A.) OFFENSE: It's clear that this group is a far cry from the 2007 unit that swept across the NFL landscape like a Sahara sandstorm. The Patriots failed to score a TD for the first time in 36 games. Is it any wonder that the Pats lost?      1.) QB:  Though Tom Terrific completed a ton of passes, the average gain per completion was a pathetic 4.4 yards! As promised, the Jets blitzed hard and blitzed often, causing many rushed throws, and severly limiting the ability of the Pats to throw downfield. That said, Tom missed several open receivers, as he continues to shake off the rust accumulated from missing the 2008 season. A 53 passer rating is not going to get it done...as Jets' QB Mark Sanchez, operating under far less duress, outplayed his notable counterpart. GRADE: C-;       2.) RBs: Fred Taylor ran well and hard in his Patriots' debut. Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk also had their moments. But Sammy Morris looked slow hitting the line. The Pats, who managed to scrape up 89 yards rushing...probably should have kept at it a bit more, in hopes of wearing down the Jets front seven...and keeping them honest. GRADE: C;      3.) OL: Were unable to hold off the blitzing onslaught, even though they prevented Tom Brady from getting sacked. Tom was hit too often, and under fierce pressure throughout. Though this performance was not of the embarrassing variety that the OL experienced in Miami a few years ago, or in the loss to the Giants, it was nothing to write home about. But, overall, the Jets' front 7 pushed this unit around. Holding call on Steven Neal really hurt. The overall play of this group must improve by leaps and bounds, if the Pats hope to contend. GRADE: D+;       4.) WRs @ TEs: Ben Watson wasn't the factor he was against the Bills...as Tom Brady had little time to seek him out. Randy Moss was awful, and appeared almost disinterested when it became abundantly clear that Brady wouldn't have the time needed to find him deep. Joey Galloway continues to stuggle picking up the offense, and getting on the same page with his new QB. Galloway looked 37, as he had a couple of drops. Julian Edleman, a/k/a Wes Welker Jr., continues to impress with a Welker like 8 catches for 98 yards. Third/fourth WR Jabar Gaffney, who had chemistry with Brady, has been noticably missed.  GRADE: C;        B.) DEFENSE: Jets did the Pats a favor by being over protective of rookie QB Mark Sanchez in the first half...in which Sanchez threw only 5 passes, completing 3. But, in the second half, the Jets opened things up, and turned Sanchez lose on the very mediocre Patriots' secondary. Since the Pats' front four were unable to apply the slightest amount of pressure on the rookie QB, he picked the Pats apart...leading to 13 unanswered points...and the win.   1.) DL: Did a reasonably good job in the first half against the run. But, as stated above, could apply no pressure to QB Sanchez in the second half. As a result, the Pats repeatedly could not get off the field on third down.  GRADE: C; 2.) LBs: Were justifiably concerned with stopping Jets' all-purpose pain in the neck RB, Leon Washington...and did a reasonably good job containing him. But, TE Dustin Keller was a killer on a couple of key plays...including the games' lone TD. No pressure applied to Sanchez...but a decent job defending the run, particularly by ILB Gary Guyton (who led the team with 10 tackles).    GRADE: C+;  3.) CBs: Had no answers for WR Jerricho Cotchery, who averaged a whopping 22 yards per reception. For the second straight week, missed tackles were again a problem. It did not help the cause when safety Brandon Meriweather left the game early with an injury. GRADE: C- C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:  The Pats were clearly beaten in this underrated phase of play. Punter Chis Hansen was awful, as he averaged less than 37 yards per kick...including one forgettable 31 yarder. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the sole bright light of this unit, hitting all three of his FGs. As was the case last year, the Patriots once again had problems covering kicks. Returner Leon Washington constantly put the Jets in good field position with his returns...and punter returner Jim Leonhard added a couple of good punt returns. GRADE: D D.) COACHING: After a Patriot loss, BB usually explains to the media that, "We all have to do things better...and that starts at the top with me." Although its' usually just coach-speak, this time, it rang true. The OL appears to need a shake-up...37 year old WR Joey Galloway is not cutting it...too many penalties.       But, most importantly, the Pats' defense is not playing aggressively enough. As a consequence, they are not forcing turnovers, and not getting off the field enough on third down. Perhaps the current personnel limits BB's options. Nonetheless, the Patriots' defense scares no one. First, the Pats made Bills' QB Trent Edwards look like a pro-bowler, as his posted a 114 passer rating. Now the Pats allow a rookie starting his second NFL game to post a 101 rating. With Atlanta and Baltimore coming up in the next two weeks, this is particularly disquieting.  GRADE: D E.) PLAY OF THE GAME:  Mark Sanchez hitting TE Dustin Keller for the go-ahead TD; F.) PLAYER OF THE GAME:  Mark Sanchez.      Here is the box score: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=290920020 .      Thoughts?                    
    Posted by TexasPat3


    Watching this Giants-Cowboys game. The faggy Prius commercial just came on..... isn't this what Maroney drives?
     
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    brady was out of sync all day  i think that losing wes welker before the game hurt  alot as well. the  Pass rush was non existant and sanchez was able to pick them apart once the reins were let off. Sloppy game all the way around   not that many bright spots onlything we can do is wait and see how they respond next week against the falcons
     
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    Texas,

    Great analysis as always. Thanks once again for putting it together. I agree with almost everything except:

    OL: I would give them a B- / C+. They did reasonably well picking up the blitz. The Jets often rushed 6 guys, disguising it fairly well, and the line picked up it most of the time, evident by the lack of sacks. A few times the Jets rushed 7, and they still picked it up. Picking up 7 guys is really, really tough and in those instances, no QB is going to have a lot of time. Fact of the matter is, any QB is going to get hit some of the time facing that many blitzes (I think I remember it being 21 blitzes). It is at that point that Brady, Moss, Welker, Watson, Edleman (in this game) have to recognize it, audible out, or adjust their patterns accordingly. D+ is kinda harsh for a OL that didn't get any help from Brady or the entire receiver corp.

    The Defense, although playing good enough to get a win if the offense could have executed, looked lost at times. There were numerous plays where I saw AD yelling at his DL and other LB's to get them in a different position given what the Jets were showing. You simply haven't seen this in the past 8-9 years. We are seeing where re really miss Tedy and Rodney's leadership and ability to read an opposing offense. Tedy wasn't a very good LB because he had great athleticism, he was great because he was smart. The Pats D doesn't seem to have that "smartness", aka "experience", that we had gotten spoiled with. We are a young D and will get better.

    I totaly agree with your assesment of Moss. I too thought he played without much emotion.....almost lazy like.

    Thanks again for the score card.
     
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         Hard to summon up the energy to compose this report after the Patriots' uninspiring effort against the hated Jets in Gotham. The Pats had a chance to seize control of this game in the first half. But, as was the case last week against Buffalo, they were unable to finish drives...settling for FGs, instead of posting 7s. Lots of blame to go around. But hey, its' still early in the season...and the Patriots will improve as the season progresses. Nor are these NY Jets the second coming of the "85 Bears.      It is what it is...a regular season loss...albeit a very dissappointing one. Here are my grades:        A.) OFFENSE: It's clear that this group is a far cry from the 2007 unit that swept across the NFL landscape like a Sahara sandstorm. The Patriots failed to score a TD for the first time in 36 games. Is it any wonder that the Pats lost?      1.) QB:  Though Tom Terrific completed a ton of passes, the average gain per completion was a pathetic 4.4 yards! As promised, the Jets blitzed hard and blitzed often, causing many rushed throws, and severly limiting the ability of the Pats to throw downfield. That said, Tom missed several open receivers, as he continues to shake off the rust accumulated from missing the 2008 season. A 53 passer rating is not going to get it done...as Jets' QB Mark Sanchez, operating under far less duress, outplayed his notable counterpart. GRADE: C-;       2.) RBs: Fred Taylor ran well and hard in his Patriots' debut. Laurence Maroney and Kevin Faulk also had their moments. But Sammy Morris looked slow hitting the line. The Pats, who managed to scrape up 89 yards rushing...probably should have kept at it a bit more, in hopes of wearing down the Jets front seven...and keeping them honest. GRADE: C;      3.) OL: Were unable to hold off the blitzing onslaught, even though they prevented Tom Brady from getting sacked. Tom was hit too often, and under fierce pressure throughout. Though this performance was not of the embarrassing variety that the OL experienced in Miami a few years ago, or in the loss to the Giants, it was nothing to write home about. But, overall, the Jets' front 7 pushed this unit around. Holding call on Steven Neal really hurt. The overall play of this group must improve by leaps and bounds, if the Pats hope to contend. GRADE: D+;       4.) WRs @ TEs: Ben Watson wasn't the factor he was against the Bills...as Tom Brady had little time to seek him out. Randy Moss was awful, and appeared almost disinterested when it became abundantly clear that Brady wouldn't have the time needed to find him deep. Joey Galloway continues to stuggle picking up the offense, and getting on the same page with his new QB. Galloway looked 37, as he had a couple of drops. Julian Edleman, a/k/a Wes Welker Jr., continues to impress with a Welker like 8 catches for 98 yards. Third/fourth WR Jabar Gaffney, who had chemistry with Brady, has been noticably missed.  GRADE: C;        B.) DEFENSE: Jets did the Pats a favor by being over protective of rookie QB Mark Sanchez in the first half...in which Sanchez threw only 5 passes, completing 3. But, in the second half, the Jets opened things up, and turned Sanchez lose on the very mediocre Patriots' secondary. Since the Pats' front four were unable to apply the slightest amount of pressure on the rookie QB, he picked the Pats apart...leading to 13 unanswered points...and the win.   1.) DL: Did a reasonably good job in the first half against the run. But, as stated above, could apply no pressure to QB Sanchez in the second half. As a result, the Pats repeatedly could not get off the field on third down.  GRADE: C; 2.) LBs: Were justifiably concerned with stopping Jets' all-purpose pain in the neck RB, Leon Washington...and did a reasonably good job containing him. But, TE Dustin Keller was a killer on a couple of key plays...including the games' lone TD. No pressure applied to Sanchez...but a decent job defending the run, particularly by ILB Gary Guyton (who led the team with 10 tackles).    GRADE: C+;  3.) CBs: Had no answers for WR Jerricho Cotchery, who averaged a whopping 22 yards per reception. For the second straight week, missed tackles were again a problem. It did not help the cause when safety Brandon Meriweather left the game early with an injury. GRADE: C- C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:  The Pats were clearly beaten in this underrated phase of play. Punter Chis Hansen was awful, as he averaged less than 37 yards per kick...including one forgettable 31 yarder. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the sole bright light of this unit, hitting all three of his FGs. As was the case last year, the Patriots once again had problems covering kicks. Returner Leon Washington constantly put the Jets in good field position with his returns...and punter returner Jim Leonhard added a couple of good punt returns. GRADE: D D.) COACHING: After a Patriot loss, BB usually explains to the media that, "We all have to do things better...and that starts at the top with me." Although its' usually just coach-speak, this time, it rang true. The OL appears to need a shake-up...37 year old WR Joey Galloway is not cutting it...too many penalties.       But, most importantly, the Pats' defense is not playing aggressively enough. As a consequence, they are not forcing turnovers, and not getting off the field enough on third down. Perhaps the current personnel limits BB's options. Nonetheless, the Patriots' defense scares no one. First, the Pats made Bills' QB Trent Edwards look like a pro-bowler, as his posted a 114 passer rating. Now the Pats allow a rookie starting his second NFL game to post a 101 rating. With Atlanta and Baltimore coming up in the next two weeks, this is particularly disquieting.  GRADE: D E.) PLAY OF THE GAME:  Mark Sanchez hitting TE Dustin Keller for the go-ahead TD; F.) PLAYER OF THE GAME:  Mark Sanchez.      Here is the box score: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=290920020 .      Thoughts?                    
    Posted by TexasPat3


    When we play New Orleans in the dome, you can expect record passing yardage numbers with Brady vs. Brees and no defensive backs.
     
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    3.) OL: Were unable to hold off the blitzing onslaught, even though they prevented Tom Brady from getting sacked. Tom was hit too often, and under fierce pressure throughout. Though this performance was not of the embarrassing variety that the OL experienced in Miami a few years ago, or in the loss to the Giants, it was nothing to write home about. But, overall, the Jets' front 7 pushed this unit around. Holding call on Steven Neal really hurt. The overall play of this group must improve by leaps and bounds, if the Pats hope to contend.
    GRADE: D+; 

    Once again you, Tex, you unfairly place the majority of the blame for any offensive setbacks squarely on the broad shoulders of the Offensive Line.  It's like you're demanding to see the 1980's Nebraska Cornhuskers OL beat up on their defensive opponents every weakend.  This is the NFL and the pass rushers are strong and fast.  If a team like the Jets blitz the OL all game, they SHOULD get pressure on the QB on a regular basis.  The defense is rushing more players thant he OL is blocking with.  There lies the problem with putting the blame soley on the line.

    Against heavy blitz teams, the onus is on the QB to make plays. Brady did not.  Tom Terrific had one of the worst games he's had in years. 

    The WRs also have the responsibility to break off their paterns on Hot reads - too often they didn't and their communication and coordination with the QB was off all day.

    The Pats only ran for 83 yards. But they only ran the ball 20 times (4.2 ave).  They didn't run the ball enough to be effective.  Keep at it all game and you can ussually bust a couple of big ones late in the game as the defense wears down (see Leon Washington's best run for 19 yards late in the 4th).

    Give Brady the D- and give the OL a C+.  The Jets blitzed all day but did not register a single sack (I know they did have 7 "QB hits").
     
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    Good write up Texas Pat
     
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    QB - (D-) The Worst I've ever saw Brady. 
    RBs - (B+) Mostly Fred Taylor. Why we stopped running IDK but we need a real OC not a QB coach who's going to call up a passing play 44 times. 
    WR (C) Maybe it was the corners, but they were medicore. 
    TE (D) Did they even play? 
    OL (C+) Considering the team they played, they only looked porous in the last couple of plays. 
    DL - (B+) They had pressure on Sanchez all but on the TD drive. 
    LBs- (B) I didn't even notice Mayo was gone. 
    CBs- (B-) They only wiffed on the TD drive. 
    S - (B) No real big gains by the RB or through the air. 
    STs - (C) Mediocrity is the word to describe this unit. 

    God, i hope Brady can come alive. If the D is only going to give up 16 or 17 points a game we should be winning alot of games not losing them. 
     
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    I don't recall seeing the Pats calling ANY RB screens.....did I miss it? Generally it is a good play call when blitzes are coming up through the middle. It would be so interesting to be able to be a fly on the wall in the coaches office when they discuss the film and see what the opinions are on this.
     
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    One thing to note about this game is everyone is bashing on the patriots offense but their defense did hold the jets to 16 which is pretty good as previous posts have mentioned as well. The jets defense stepped up to the challenge today, i tip my hat to them. We win and lose as team can't balme just one player. Back to the drawing board for the Falcons.
     
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    Tex, Thx for your weekly report card.

    I am with you in giving the coaching the worst grade of your report card.
    I would even give them a lower grade. The Jets were expect to blitz heavy (what they did) but the coaches were not able in 1 week of work to craft a game plan for countering them. They were also totally unable to adapt to the opponent tactic in calling screens, draw plays, etc. What is worrying is that they don't even try something unorthodox (i.e. flea-flicker) when things turn bad, they just sink like the Titanic. Very bad coaching...

    You give an overall C to the defense, I wouldn't be so arsh. The defense limited the opponent to juts 16 points that's pretty ok.
     
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    In Response to Re: Patriots @ Jets Report Card:
    Tex, Thx for your weekly report card. I am with you in giving the coaching the worst grade of your report card. I would even give them a lower grade. The Jets were expect to blitz heavy (what they did) but the coaches were not able in 1 week of work to craft a game plan for countering them. They were also totally unable to adapt to the opponent tactic in calling screens, draw plays, etc. What is worrying is that they don't even try something unorthodox (i.e. flea-flicker) when things turn bad, they just sink like the Titanic. Very bad coaching... You give an overall C to the defense, I wouldn't be so arsh. The defense limited the opponent to juts 16 points that's pretty ok.
    Posted by FrogLegs


    A C? Even if we had the Steelers' defense we would have still lost. Since when is 16 points OK? Last year 16 points would've earned us the title of the fourth best defense in the league. 
     
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    Thanks Tex - putting that report card together takes a lot of dedication after a disappointing day like yesterday.

    I thought the Jets were outstanding in coverage; it didn't look like the Pats receivers good get / stay open. Its probably due to Brady having to get rid of the ball in a hurry - the coverage didn't have to last too long. 

    I thought Edelman did well for a rookie, he missed a couple that Welker might have gotten, but he was a bright spot. 

    It was a tale of two halves - in the first half, the Pats moved the ball, but just couldn't close the deal. Whatever adjustments were made at halftime certainly did not work out though - they looked out of sync on offense the whole second half. Usually, the Pats out-adjust their opponents, but not yesterday. The Jets were a better team on both sides of the ball after the half.

    Penalties were a killler - its been a long time since I saw that many flags in a Pats game. And really, two delay of game penalties in a row??

    I also think the Pats have an over reliance on individuals now vs. their schemes - it seems like they have lost too many key people (players and coaches) to sustain their ability to rotate people in and out without seeing much of a dropoff in performance (yes, I know its still early in the year). 

    Tough game to watch. I never really felt like the Pats were in command, especially in the second half. Even when they had their opportunities (turnovers, big stops), they couldn't capitalize. The Jets deserved the win, as much as it pains me to admit it.


     
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    OFFENSE
    My guess is we are going to have a small wait on our hands on Tom coming around.  We have the Manning of last year to look at as an example.  So, I'm looking out to that 5 or 6 week window for Tom to get his act together.

    There are plays you can run against a heavy blitz package.  I didn't see too many of them done.  You should be able to have a successful running game against such a defense but ours was pretty much not there.  I don't know if the issue is with the offensive line or the running backs.

    Edelman made the Welker injury easy to deal with.

    DEFENSE
    The defense is much the same way as Tom.  So many new guys on the field.  I figured it would take about half the season for them to gel.  The lack of a pass rush is alarming though.  That's got to change.

    Guyton didn't attack the hole which shows his inexperience.  This isn't a bad thing because Bruschi had to learn the same way.  After a couple of years Mayo and Guyton will be something special.

     
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    garytx-  Well said!  The problem is some fans want it here and now!  Guyton will be something special!  The lack of pass rush against a rookie was shocking....not sure what BB's plan was....  2nd game of the season , if this was December I would be very concerned!

     
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