I agree with all of your "Good" comments, Dave. I just want to further
support your note on Mesko. The value of a having a dependable punter
who can use distance, hang time, and accuracy, as required by the
situation, is not recognized as much as it should be. So nice to have
that back with Mesko back there. I hated the constant punting
struggles for the several years before they drafted him.
I also have to loudly applaud the 'throwback' uniforms. I will never
stop feeling that THIS is look of your New England Patriots. I wish
they'd scrap the "Flying Elvis", along with the "meaningless" blue and
silver colors; and go back to being "Patriots", with red, white, and
blue! (OOPS! I hope that isn't too "political".) :-)
In the "Bad" list, First, I totally agree with you on the consistently
inconsistent, and overall ineffective, soft zone defense. It is
clearly not working. Where do the Patriots stand in pass defense, and
overall defense? 'Nuff said! I very much want to see them go to
mostly M2M, or at least a mix of M2M with some deep zone. But even
more importantly, I want to see them add a lot more blitzing to the
front 7 tactics. I've always been a strong proponent of a devastating
pass rush. I want to see more stunts, and at least 1 LB coming from
different areas on damn near every play. That was one thing I always
respected about the old Eagles DC (was it Jim?) Johnson. You KNEW that
the Eagles were going to put constant pressure on your QB. It really
limited the play calling options of the opposing offense.
On McCourty, I say keep him at safety, as I noted yesterday. He simply
doesn't have the "turn around" skills needed for a CB. He has to have
the play in front of him to be successful. Keep him at FS, with Chung
(when healthy) at SS. Let Gregory or Wilson come in as the nickel
(until Wilson gains experience). Best CBs, IMO, are Dennard and Moore,
if they're allowed to play M2M.
Also agree with you on all of your kickoff return points. Poor
blocking for returns, and poor coverage on kickoffs. BB needs to
consider a change at the ST Coaching position. It's been less than
average for years. Scott O'Brien is not the answer there.
Finally, I think you may recall that I was never a big fan of Josh
McDaniels. Yes, he has some great play designs for the passing game.
But I have never liked his play calling. I don't think he makes proper
use of the running game. By that I mean that he doesn't call running
plays at the right times; or call the right type (inside, off tackle,
stretch, etc.) of run for the situation. IMO, he's a "passing
coordinator", as opposed to a well-rounded Offensive Coordinator. I
found some faults with Weiss, at times; but overall, I'd take him over
McDaniels anytime. I'm not calling for his head, as is the case with
DB Coach Boyer and ST Coach O'Brien. I'm just saying he's got some
work to do on his overall play calling. (And I'm not suggesting any
coaching changes at this point in the season. I'm not a proponent of
changing horses in mid stream. I'd like to see Boyer and O'Brien
replaced during the off season IF they can't significantly improve
what's happening in their respective areas of responsibility.)
Let's get a win in London Town, and enjoy a week off to let those
lingering injuries to Gronk and Hernandez heal. We're a better
offensive team than we can show right now, with neither of them at
On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM, Levine, David <david-levine@...> wrote:
> The Good
> - Brady is still clutch. The final 2 drives, to tie and win were pretty good.
> - Ghost is back to form. Both clutch kicks were huge. The 48 yarder was a bomb.
> - Mesko was very good, hitting many punts inside the 20 and keeping the field position battle flipped to us.
> - Vince blew up the run play causing the safety. He pushed his guy into the backfield and interrupted the handoff. Big play from a big man.
> - Ninkovitch is an everywhere player. He rushes from the end, he covers from the linebacker, he run stops as an LB. Love the way he plays.
> - Love the throwbacks.
> - Vereen looked good in the limited action he had. Didn't realize he was so fast.
> - McCourty played very well as a safety. He looks comfortable back there. With our top 2 guys hurt, we had to shuffle everyone around and he filled in nicely.
> - Spikes absolutely unloaded on Green. It was completely legal and Green had no business getting back into the game as he looked unconscious when falling to the ground.
> - Even without Mankins, our line held up well and 12 was only sacked once. They opened holes for the run game at times and held off a pretty good front 4 of the J-E-T-S.
> The Bad
> - Our secondary really needs a different plan. This soft zone is just not working. Receivers have way too long to search and find the holes. We need to either bring an extra rusher to force an earlier throw or change the coverage scheme to hold up the receivers more.
> - I don't like McCourty as kick returner and the 104 yard TD doesn't change my mind. He just isn't fast enough (or decisive enough) to do the job. I watched Cincy the other night and Tate consistently brought the ball out to the 30 with a chance to break it almost every time. McCourty brings it to the 17 to 23 yard line every time. The fumble just reinforces my thought. Try Edelman. He is fearless on punt returns and makes quick decisions to get the extra yards.
> - Why is it when we need to pin the other team deep on a kickoff or punt, the ball goes deep enough but we always blow the coverage to allow a big return. Happened again at the end of the game after a punt.
> - I don't like the hurry up run on 3rd and short with Woodhead. I understand we are hoping to catch the D but Woodhead doesn't have the bulk to carry a player for the 1st down. I'd rather sub in Ridley (or Bolden when healthy) and then run a good play.
> - I didn't think we controlled the pace in the second half like we did in the first. We went away from the hurry up for most of the half and never did the frantic pace. We were so effective with it against Buffalo and Denver. What happened?
> - Lloyd looked out of step today. 2 drops for a guy who catches everything is not right. He hasn't been a bust but he certainly hasn't been a stud like we had hoped.
> - I am not as down on the secondary as everyone else is as far as players. Our 2 of the 4 were out and we started a rookie who had seen little, if any, playing time. Get everyone healthy and see what we have first.
> The Ugly
> - Situational play calling is terrible. On the final drive before the half we are moving the ball and then go to a painfully slow flea-flicker. At the start of the 4th quarter, we run a slowly developing back side screen and this flare that didn't seem to be designed well.. We needed some points and we went to the gimmick. Turned out that the Jets scored instead and changed the entire game at the half. When we are trying to run out the clock, why throw a bomb?
> - Being replaced by a Brady isn't bad. Ask Drew as that turned out fine. However, being replaced by a Brady Quinn? That's pretty bad.
> - How does Lloyd get flagged for offensive PI when Curley does the same thing and there is no call? I think both were penalties, mind you, but you have to call them equally and I have yet to see an O PI called on the team we are playing.
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