Re: The sky is falling...
posted at 8/24/2013 2:59 PM EDT
In response to portfolio1's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
I'm really not concerned about that Lion's game, it was a recipe for disaster right from the start. We were missing our best receiver, we didn't play Wilfork and Gronk is out - its stupid to think we were just going to be able to run it against that front when our passing game is in the early stages of development (and missing key pieces).
On defense we were missing Dennard and half of our secondary was being shuffled in and out of the lineup.
Honestly I think there were a few positives...Thompkins blowing by corners right off the line, being one. The play of Kelly impresses me...he and Vince will be good next to each other. Looking at Collins move around out there with those long arms gets me intrigued, I've got to think Belichick will put him in spots to do something positive (and we didn't have that last year.). Having A. Wilson out there might work out, I think that's a fifty/fifty shot..he may get cut, or he may make a difference.
In the end it's important to remember who's coaching this team and who's playing QB, because a lot of teams don't have that. That gives us a huge edge right there. If I'm Buffalo, I'd trade any two of my best players and two ones and a two, for Belichick and Brady....and I'd wake up knowing I was a much better team.
I agree to an extent. I am not concerned about the score so much. But it showed lack of progress and a lot of sloppyness. It showed some players to be that much more questionable. And a guy like Ryan getting time does not in itself give me comfort. I did not like much of his play. So lots of bad play is not a good thing or even a beter thing than not much play but bad play.
So the game bothers me only in indicating how much more work this team needs. I agree it does NOT indicate that this team is a bad team. I do expect that if healthy this team gets 12 or 13 wins and has a good shot at the SB.
I will add that I think this team has some real good talent. Some here and many around the country think losing AH and WW and starting with Gronk injured means this team in thin., But this team has solid if not very good TE play starting week one with Sudfeld and the depth of Ballard and Fells, etc and has a great WR in DA and as much as 4 other good and dangerous WRs in addition and at least two excellent RBs in Ridley and Vereen and some strong depth in Bolden (if he can hold on to the ball) and Blount. That is a lot of talent. ANd then you have the foundation which is a VERY good and deep O line.
The D may be shaping up in terms of the starters. I am nto so sure about depth on D though.
I'm not all that worried about the sloppiness of the game - Belichick is a great coach - he will probably have them work on that stuff until they are blue in the face...the handling of the ball, running a route the right distance, finding the markers, running a screen cleanly, etc.