Re: PATS and AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
posted at 1/22/2011 7:13 AM EST
In Response to Re: PATS and AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: PATS and AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS : Seriously, if I read another "we need a deep threat" post I'm going to flip out! Especially when you bring TO and Moss into the discussion, and Reggie Bush as a receiver??? The Pats had a deep threat in 07 and up to the 4th game of the season (lost to the Jets in week 2 with him in on the field), remember him... What did that get the Pats? Oh yeah, nothing! The Pats need to solidify both lines and build from that. Keep Brady clean, and get the other QB dirty! A deep threat doesn't do anything for you when you don't have time to throw the ball in the first place and the O line like every time Brady seems to have a bad game looked pourous against pressure on Sunday. Seriously, the Pats had the highest scoring offense in the entire league and a 14-2 record. One game and everyone wants to blame it on the lack of a "deep threat receiver". It's complete garbage! If you really think a deep threat would have mattered on Sunday when the Jets were sometimes dropping 8 into coverage and beating the crap out of the receivers and TE's across the middle you're crazy! If anything, a receiver consistently going deep would have amounted to nothing but an additional INT. The game on Sunday was lost in the X's and O's... If the Pats established the run and stuffed it down their throats EARLY they would have been able to keep the Jets off balance. Instead the first two drives ended in mistakes, they got desperate and made their offense one dimensional which played right into the hands of the Jets. Shotgun, Empty backfield, when they're giving you the run, etc... They were outcoached and it had nothing to do with a sexy receiver not being on the field. RANT OVER!
Posted by Prophet76[/QUOTE]
What? The Patriots were unstoppable using the shotgun w/ empty backfield. Remember 2007...bad example. Honestly, it would have been nice to win the Superbowl, but they had a bad game first. They had the formula on offense, but like you said, they played right into the Jets hands being one dimensional. Even if they punt the ball late in the 2nd quarter it's 7-3 Jets who would have to march down the field with the score 7-3 as opposed to 14-3 going into halftime. I thought Green-Ellis was the 1,000 back, so why was Woodhead getting most of the carries that game? Plus, you would figure if the opposing defense is daring you to run, you'd employ multiple TE packages as opposed to 3 WR sets.
The only problems I see on this team is the same problems that have existed since 2007 which are the trenches. Everything else is in place, they just need a consistent pass rush. Resign G. Warren and draft a defensive lineman with at least one of their top 6 picks. If possible, cut Banta-Cain who proved to only excel against the Bills. I would keep the group of Ninkovich, Moore & Cunningham pick up a 3-4 OLB FA & draft 2 more (at least one with 1st 6 picks).
If the price is right, I would extend Light and franchise Mankins in hopes of a long-term deal gets done. Wilfork deemed the tag a 'slap in the face'. One week later, he's the highest paid NT in the game. Connolly could man RG if Neal retires and Vollmer could play either tackle. Drafting a couple lineman couldn't hurt this year.
Altogether, you can't let this game discourage you from the future. If there's football, their schedule looks favorable w/ the NFC East & AFC West in 2011. They were 6-1 against the top 10 scoring defenses this year, why would they need a deep threat? They lead to twice as many incompletions as they do completions. At least give Tate, Edelman & Price a chance. The 2010 draft paid immediate dividends. Build on that with at least two or three from this year doing the same, they'll be back in contention for the Superbowl. I'm hoping somewhere along the lines of DE, OT, OLB with the 1st 3 picks.