Who Needs a Deep Threat?
- ***** Umm, we do. Every great offense does.
***** I'm listening to the WBCN post-game show, and they are harping on the
influence that Moss had on this offense; AND reviewing the issue of the loss
of Branch, and the deep threat that he brought, last season. They're right.
There can be no question that having a guy who can stretch the field makes
everything else the offense tries to do more likely to succeed.
***** I saw almost exactly what I expected out of the passing game. What I
did not expect was that Moss was physically capable of doing that much this
week. I expected it a few weeks ago, but I was concerned about his reported
hammy problems. (More BB smoke and mirrors!) He just opens so much for a
water bug like Welker, a better than average, less than superstar guy like
Stallworth, a dangerous TE like Watson, and any RB we want to hand the ball
***** The bottom line is that this offense has every option except the
threat of a big run by the QB. :-) Those options are there this year because
we have added a true deep threat who demands a lot of attention from the
opposing D. Brady, the OL, and the other players on the O are all necessary
to make it all work. But it is Moss who gives them all those options.
***** And speaking of Brady, let's not overlook the fantastic game he played
today. The said this was the 3rd highest QB rating for a game that he has
ever had. Rating or no rating, he was DEAD ON target all game long.
***** OK. Let's throw up the props to Dante and his boys. A significant
contributor to Brady's accuracy was certainly the time he had to survey the
field. The Jets put all kinds of pressure on him last year, and tried to do
so again in this game. But Tom was damn near untouched all game long. He
definitely helped his cause with some great quick releases to beat the
blitz. But most of the time, it was the blocking of the OL that did the job
***** It is now 4 AM here, and I am wide awake. DAMN I'M HAPPY TO HAVE THE
***** One final point. All of you who live outside of the Patriots radio
network should really consider investing the $30 for the NFL.com's "Field
Pass" radio coverage. The pre and post-game stuff is a supplement that is
well worth that price for any Pats fan. Having subscribed since I moved her
last season, I now wish I had subscribed while I was in California. I had
the DirecTV coverage, and, of course, all the USA sports shows; so I didn't
realize how much more a "pure NE" show would add to my enjoyment. Really,
folks, try it. (Honest, no royalties to me!) :-)
Dogs have masters ... Cats have staff!