Re: Patriots Draft REPORT CARD
posted at 5/1/2011 12:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots Draft REPORT CARD
In Response to Re: Patriots Draft REPORT CARD :
Posted by TexasPat3
TexasPat, a few things if I may, regarding "why" the Pats lost in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 post-seasons.
1--In 2006 the defense was riddled with injuries heading into the playoffs. Harrison had just been cheap-shotted out of the playoffs by the Titans in Week 17, and Seau had been lost for the year against the Bears a few weeks earlier. Seymour was in and out of the lineup all season with nagging injuries, and he left that Colts game in the first quarter and saw limited duty the entire game. So they were already down three key guys on defense in that game, before the heat--real or artificial--was turned up in the second half inside that dome and the flu bug that was running through the locker room that week started to wear down the rest of the defenders. That said, the Pats still win that game if the refs don't blow three huge calls over the course of the game, any one of which, if made correctly, would have reversed the outcome of the game.
2--In 2007, the defense had held the Giants to 10 points through 58 minutes of play in the Super Bowl. On the final drive, they made plays that in most situations would have ended the game: Samuel had an INT thrown right to him, and Green and Thomas had Eli in the grasp. In both cases, the players were in a position to make a play, and they failed. That had nothing to do with a lack of talent up front; it had everything to do with luck. The Giants' O-line got away with two flagrant holds on that near-sack/helmet catch play; what can you do about that? If the O-line is allowed to hold and no penalty is called, that's just bad luck. If the All-Pro cornerback has the game-winning INT slip through his hands, that's just bad luck. It happens. But again, it had nothing to do with the talent up front.
3--In 2009 the Pats were in full-on rebuilding mode. They were not going far in the post-season anyway that year. The Ravens game was a disaster, but aside from the Ray Rice TD run on the first play, you can't blame the defense for that loss. The offense was horrid that day and gave Baltimore great field position throughout the first half with costly turnovers. I simply can't lay that one on the defense.
4--The defense AND the offense were equally to blame for the January disaster against the Jets. But regarding the defense, it's important to remember that the Jets had 7 points on the board the entire first half until the ill-fated, inexplicable Chung fake punt disaster. And that another of the Jets' TDs came after they ran the onside kick back to the Pats' 30-yard line, or so, late in the 4th quarter. Yes, the defense made Sanchez look way too good in that game, and they failed miserably in the red zone that day, but it's also important to remember that they were down to 4 healthy defensive lineman that day. No Mike Wright; no Pryor; Kyle Love, a converted O-lineman, being one of the four guys who was dressed on the D-line that afternoon. It was a bad day overall, and it happens, only the bad days are magnified ten-fold when they happen in the playoffs (see the 1987 49ers, who were 13-2, getting slaughtered at home by the 8-7 Vikings in the NFC divisional round).