Ravens @ Patriots REPORT CARD

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    TP:

    Can't really disagee on anything. The Pats failure in the offseason led to this disaster. Galloway instead of Gaffney? 2011 pick instead of Seymour? Chung instead of Matthews?

    Man, was Pioli that good?
     
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    Ouch! The truth hurts.
    Must have been ulgy to have to re-hash this game so soon after the crime.
     
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    dead on with the grades.I was never comfortable with the team this year with all the trades and departures of key veterans.to many at one time,and when welker went down that was iceing on the cake.no wonder the chargers were looking forward to playing us.even though i had hope.i wasnt banking on anything.oh well im still trying to get the bitter pill out of my system,and im looking forward to the off season,free agency and the draft.
     
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    "I was never comfortable with the team this year"

    That's really the thing. I thought (stupid me) that BB knew what he was doing this year. It took me until the Saints game to realize that this was a team getting by on "rep." They had no identity and the vets knew it. I thought maybe this team could go all 2005-06 and put it together at the end, but Welker's injury killed that notion. I just prey that they learned their lesson and will go on a 2003/2004/2007 type offseason spree.
     
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    We are going through a transitional period my friends. It stinks but no one in a Boston organization is going to come out and say that. The fact is like most great teams age has caught up with us in a big way. We had a great veteran defense that gave us 4 super bowl appearances. There is the positive but finally we reach the negative. The question is will we continue to bring on aged veteran players like we have to fill needs? or will we define these positions with developing  young talent. The clues point to getting younger which i actually prefer. I was a huge fan of Rodney Harrison. Like him or not he was the difference maker on our defense. He was a leader that made everyone around him better. With his retirement i believe it became clear we need to get younger at defense. I think the evidence points in that direction even since 2008 with the 1st round selection of OJ Mayo. Give Bill some credit he was a great pick and will be a hell of a guy to build your D around.  
     
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    Flat is aa accurate assessment of the whole scene today
     minus maybe JE and Tully Cain

    Flat lackluster uninspired Boring

    Listless
    ect...........
     
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    I'm sorry but it starts and ends with coaching.  That was the worst coached game I have ever seen.  The offensive play calling after the defense gave up the opening run by Rice indicated panic from the get go.  Spread formations and play calling so obvious it was sickening to watch.  That's not smashmouth football, that's not Patriot football, very disappointing...
     
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    TP, such a sad way to finish the season in which the Pats went down not playing well at all. 

    The Raven's showed up and the early plays, Rice's 83 yard run and the Brady strip sack to put the Ravens up 14 - 0 with less than 5 minutes gone in the game set the tone.  We didn't even see Brady scream at the team, only the shot of Faulk doing so in that circle surrounded by some players.  All Brady did was sit on the bench after evrey series.  When all is said and done, the changes the team underwent this season may have been too much to maintain consistency.

    I do want to take this time to THANK YOU, TP, for your write-ups and commentary.  Very insightful, honest and would have been no different, maybe, than what BB would have done if we would see his report cards.  Until the 2010 season starts.  Wishing you well from the shores of Waikiki Beach (great way to sooth the pains of a Pats playoff loss!)
     
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    Texas-  As AGC said thanks for your post-game grades/write-ups you always do a great job!

    Your grades were sadly right on.....
     
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    Thanks for another fine year of Report Cards TP3, I enjoyed them all every year.Smile
     
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    If the Pats are a "finesse team" then they stink at that too. You can win playing finesse offense. The 49ers, Broncos, Colts, among others all won Superbowls with finese offensive lines. 

    The problem is that they aren't good at finesse.

    Their technique isn't good. They are slow AND small (except Vollmer). 

    In short, they are old. 

    Light was once the epitome of finesse tackles. Now he is old. Neal is spent. They need to rebuild this unit, because of the last 12 losses they have had, almost all of them can be pinned on weak OL play. 

     
     
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    No disrespect Tex, but it seems kind of obnoxious for us "fans" to sit here and "grade" the Pats like they are our lowly servants trying to please us.  Show some respect man.  They gave it their best and lost.  It almost sounds like you enjoy criticizing them.  Anyway, you guys have fun talking about how bad the team did.
     
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    TP: You are a better man than I am. I can't believe you had the motivation to do a report card after this drubbing?

    You are far more generous than I am.  Would have given a P (Pathetic) for everyone - players coaches, ownership today - except Faulk and Edelman.

    That does not mean I am giving up on the Patriots - there is the offseason to get excited about !!!

    I can now empathize with the Raiders, Browns and KC fans - if we feel this terrible after making the playoffs - imagine what do they have to look forward to... 

     
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    Spot on with those grades. This team is not tough anymore and can't handle when opposition teams play smash mouth football. The Pats used to be the team that handled finese teams by playing smash mouth football. There are so many holes it's not funny. The Defense is full of poor tackling softies and it needs a complete rebuild. The O line is woeful and hasn't recovered from the 2007 superbowl beating it took. The Pats are also missing a big physical presence at wide receiver. Too many small or soft recievers. They are also blessed with the worst handling tight ends in the NFL. Bargain basement running back by committee needs overhauling as well. The only players worth keeping are Brady,Faulk,Welker,Moss(if they can get a worthy 3rd wide receiver to take pressure off him otherwise it is a waste of time having him) Edelman,Vollemer,Koppen,Mankins on Offense and on Defense Mayo,Wilfork,Warren and Tully. The rest are making up the numbers I'm afraid.  The Pats need to move away from fitting other teams rubbish into BB's golden system and become very active in FA
     
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    "I do want to take this time to THANK YOU, TP, for your write-ups and commentary.  Very insightful, honest and would have been no different, maybe, than what BB would have done if we would see his report cards.  Until the 2010 season starts.  Wishing you well from the shores of Waikiki Beach (great way to sooth the pains of a Pats playoff loss!)" AG

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    Go to Waiola's on Waiola st....little hole in wall for shaved ice
     
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    Grades are a little better than I expected.
     
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    TP, On the mark as usual. I don't agree with the "pass" you give Moss. He is supposed to be our #1 receiver and has not shown up, AGAIN. My favorite Moss play yesterday was when he made a reception and was held back from making forward progress by a defender that was holding him by his jersey. He showed no drive to make a physical football play and has become "lay-down" after catch, unless he has his cushion. His days of being "the freak" have passed by and is no longer a play maker. His catches yesterday were in garbage time as Baltimore had the game in hand right after we deferred the coin toss.
     
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    Couldn't agree more with your grades - I actually thought the same thing in terms of watching this game and comparing it with the Giants Super Bowl.  Hard to believe it has only been 2 years since that Super Bowl as it seems like about 10 years.

    I did see a couple of "highlights" - Kevin Faulk urging his team on, with everyone circled around him, as well as Julian Edelman trying his best to  get a first down, only to have it come back due to a dumb penalty.  Lowlights were everything else.

    It seems like this team hit a wall after the Indy game and never seemed to be the same.  I know they missed Welker, but I honestly don't think it would have made that much difference.  One of the announcers mentioned that Ray "The Murderer" Lewis simply listened to audio of previous Patriots games and was able to learn some of their plays, which makes me think it is a predictable offense.

    I really love watching the Pats and have since 1981, but this loss, as well as last week's, really hit me in the gut. 


     
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    I just don't see how a fan can take pleasure in attacking his own team like this.
     
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    It was sickening to see Randy Moss jogging through his routes.  That guy is a cancer who must be eliminated.  It appears Jarod Mayo is too small to be an effective middle linebacker.   Adalius Thomas needs to be sent packing with Moss.  Offensively, Vollmer needs to start at left tackle with Light on the right side.  Thankfully, the PATS have three second round selections.  Both lines are in need of help.  Linebackers and receivers are also weak.  Too bad they didn't keep Cassel and trade Brady for draft choices.  Hindsight is 20/20.  This team is in need of a dramatic overhaul.  The JETS will run over them next year if the nucleus of this team isn't changed. 

     
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    I like the honest assessment, but you were far too generous in your grading of their performance yesterday.  The whole team appeared to turtle after the first play from scrimmage.
     
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    Texas and Brad; excellent posts. However, the Ravens weren't perfect either, such as not throwing the flag on the fumbled punt return and Flacco kinda s---ked (he didn't need to be good); it also looked like they almost didn't throw the flag on that overturned play; you would have think they would have learned their lesson! There is also the irony of the undeserved Jets outlasting the Pats; when Caldwell rested Manning, it cost me a FF championship (and about 1K); plus now Mercury Morris won't go away. Here's hoping the Colts lose.
     
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