posted at 12/24/2012 9:40 AM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
NE needs a WR opposite Lloyd, but really, not an ace. And that is only because of age/vacancy. They have enough talent on offense. There just aren't enough REPS to show off all the talent.
Spend money on defense ... it's where its needed.
It would show results a lot more easily. Another legit pass rusher or two. A dominant End.
If NE adds ANOTHER talented offensive player I'm going to scream. I want thsi draft to be one OL, and a bunch of defensive players.
IT's not enough to break records be #1 every year? Are they shooting for an offense that *actually* scores 40 points every single week? It's not going to happen.
Just get a defense that can reliably play itself into the top five for points, reliably get 3 & outs, etc. IT will make a world of a difference.
Stallworth was fine. We just need one guy who can run downfield across from Lloyd. Doesn't have to be Megatron, but needs to be more than Slater or an aging Branch.
Lloyd has been a good addition, though I wish he got more YAC. While he makes some nice catches on the sidelines (and occasionally in the middle), he doesn't really threaten to do much once the ball is in his hands. I'd like safeties to have to worry about someone breaking a play for 50 or 60 yards periodically. We don't have a receiver who really threatens that.
Offense, though, is fine when healthy, as long as the O line plays well. I haven't really liked the O line the past two games though. Feel they're not getting much push in the running game and are getting beat by blitzers too often.
That's not his fault. They have got to get him involved on some slants immediately on the first drive, if at all possible. Target others not named Welker or Hernandez, so the DB has to be responsible for him on other routes.
It's so obvious. Go back to week 1 when we hammered the rock in Tenn. Lloyd was open all over the place and deep, and that was his first game.
Get Brady under Center, run the ball, target him on slants or a screen and that's what you'll see create those opps for YAC or deep balls be better options later in the game.
I asked for this same thing last year with Ochocinco. Lloyd is a better fit, knowing the system, etc, but it's HOW they use our best flanker that is important.
Run game would help, Rusty, but the O line has not been getting much push and defenses seem to be preparing more for the run than they were early in the season. We're not seeing so much soft nickel defense, I don't think.