Re: Thoughts on Pats Season Record:
posted at 8/19/2010 11:38 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Thoughts on Pats Season Record:
[ar. Upgrades: Pass rush, Secondary, Special Teams, Run Game, Playcalling, 3rd Option for Brady. Question marks: Depth on the O and D Lines, health, consistency.
Posted by russgriswold[/QUOTE]
Where I disagree.
Upgrades: Pass rush. With Banta Cain and Wright playing MORE snaps than last year due to injuries and lack of LB depth, I see them not as effective. (Seems most journalists agree). I also see Warren and Lewis as brand new to the 3/4 techinique, and stronger against the run than pressuring the QB (most also agree). While everyone likes the potential of Spikes, Mackenzie and Cunningham, it is extremely difficult for a rookie to come into this system and not make mistakes (Mayo a notable exception). These 3 will see playing time, and mistakes are expected.
Run Game-assuming no Mankins, Kaczur and continued slippage by Koppen, and Morris, Tayler and Faulk all one year older, how does the run game improve? (Even with Crumpler)
Secondary-I thought Bodden played very well last year, and hopefully he can maintain that level. If Chung starts, what makes you think that he will play better than Macgowen played in the first half of last year? Hoping Butler, Chung improve, and Mcourtney is first year player. But 3 of the top 5 in the secondary are first or 2nd year players. Will they play better?
Question marks-we agree. I also would put a question regarding the schedule. I understand that the Dolphins and Jets play the same or more difficult schedule, that is why I mentioned 9 wins WOULD WIN THE DIVISION.
Believe it or not, I actually think we are on the same page. You seem to think that the young players will come together sooner than I do. I see all these pluses and minuses as 7-9 wins. You see the same pluses and minuses as 11-12 wins. ewhite see's nothing and says nothing except puts up pictures.
Like I said yesterday. I am at every game sec 111 7 rows up. Come over in Dec and if 7-9 wins is in the cards, you owe me a beer. If 11-12 wins is happening, I will buy you a beer. in spite of the troll comments, I hope I am buying.