I've been mulling over this post. I like a few of the posters on PFB saw the game live. I have to say I did miss reading the game thread but being there live was great. Surprisingly except for a few drunks, most of the fans that sat around me were friendly and knowledgeable about football. Now to what I got from the game….
First it really does seem like the coaching staff for whatever reason goes into a game with a plan and really doesn’t make many in game changes. Now I know they could have made many RL changes but the feel of the game to me was “we are going to do this to beat you and this way and it is going to be.”
My biggest complaint is that they didn’t even worry about the weathers effect on how they were playing. At times in this game the rain was really coming down and still the Pats forced the ball through the air. I really do believe most of the QB’s miscues on both side to open WRs was due to a wet heavy ball. Except when it really was coming down Seattle stayed more with their running game unlike the Pats.
Also I think the coaches mishandle the clock and many situations of the game. I really thought they would kick it with 6 seconds left in the half and still we tried to force it, which this one mistake by both the coaches and the QB was most likely the one moment that lost the game. Now I blame the coaching more than Brady on this situation, seeing the play live once I didn’t think it was intentional grounding but it happened and he has to take the hit.
The offense does have to perform much better, this includes Brady but due to the weather and playing a good D, this was a game were the D really needed to step up. It was a messy rainy day and at times with wind gusts. It was a type of game I thought would be low scoring and whatever D held at the end would win. Now the D line did ok containing the running game, I really thought Seattle got away with some major blocks in the back when Wilson was scrambling and a few Seattle fans agreed they got lucky on the no calls. Also the refs seem like they do not call any holding on the edges till the guy is completely behind the rusher, they are allowing holding all the way around the edge, and the hooking of arms.
Lastly the D back field is the worst covering team I have ever seen, I know both side at times were on a very slippery field but how to you let a WR split the safety and cb, then beat both down field and get under rainbow of a throw not once but twice. They never even seen the ball coming because they never look up for it. It is mind boggling, I played CB,SS,and Safety, I have made quite a few mistakes over the years, but you are trained from grade school to college look for the damn ball. Only thing I think that is causing this is they are just not fast enough to stay with the other teams WR. This group more than any needs some improvement.
Until the D gets fix this team isn’t going to win these close games. Offense doesn’t always score 21+ points and it falls on the D to win the game. This one just can’t do it.