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Re: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Bills)

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  • Susan Moore
    Good analysis and glad you had fun at the game. Wish I could go! Congrats to your son and his football team--I had many years in Pop Warner. I think that we
    Message 1 of 51 , Nov 13, 2012
      Good analysis and glad you had fun at the game. Wish I could go!
      Congrats to your son and his football team--I had many years in Pop Warner.
      I think that we will win the division, but we'll really have to fight for that seeding spot. Was hoping that the Steelers would lose last night to make it a little bit easier.
      Can't believe we're tied with PP's old team and his new one. Thought we'd get a break from the Colts but Luck seems to be doing the trick.
      Well, all we can do is our own game...GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 1:12 PM
      Subject: [patriotzip] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Bills)


      The Good
      - The Razor's Edge tailgate was, once again, a blast. Both Ben and I had a fantastic time eating good food and enjoying good company.
      - Loved the celebration before the game. The huge flag covering the field. The national anthem sung very well and as it should by 3 military personnel. (proper pace, correct tune, no embellishment, with feeling). Flyover by a C130. Kevin Faulk as an honorary captain.
      - Faulk's ceremony at halftime was very nice. Kraft spoke highly of him and Kevin's speech was good. Even liked that he cleared the air about not mentioning Brady in his retirement speech (which I hadn't heard).
      - McCourty has really taken to the safety position. A forced fumble at the 1 against Fred Jackson and then the game ending pick. He is great in run support making a goal line tackle earlier in the game. I think this is his position.
      - Other than the false start on the final drive (a killer), Ridley continues to run hard and with purpose.
      - Ghost has gotten his groove back. Big kick at the end of the game and kickoffs continue to be stellar.
      - Nice to see Cunningham play like we thought he could play. He really is playing hard when he has the chance.
      - Despite losing both starting guards, the OL held up great, only allowing 1 sack and very little pressure. They did ok with the run blocking as well.
      - Though none were deep, Lloyd had 5 grabs and seemed to be on the same page as Brady all game.
      - Woodhead had a couple of nice runs and made his receptions count as he sneaked his way in for TD and a couple of other first downs. Nice game for the little guy.
      - Gotta give Zoltan some props. He had only 2 punts but the first was dropped inside the 15 and the other was a 44 yarder from the back of the EZ on a short snap. Nice job. He held on all the FGs as well. (Props to Danny Aiken as well for the perfect snaps.)
      - As a non- Pats related notice, Ben's football season came to an end last weekend with the Senior Bowl. He played great with numerous tackles including 2 for a loss, a pass defensed and an interception. For the season, he was a captain for the 6 and 1 Portland Cowboys starting at both right guard and OLB finishing with 3 sacks, a safety and a fumble recovery. He made all the defensive calls and alignments. He was awarded the Hilton Award for the team for his leadership, dedication, determination and teamwork. The Hilton Award is the only individual award given to a player. As a proud father, I just needed to crow a little. He will be off to middle school next year playing for Portland East.

      The Bad
      - Brady can't throw on the run. Last drive of the game, Brady scrambles to the right. Woodhead makes a great move to get open in the corner of the EZ. Brady throws it into the dirt 2 yards short. Would have won the game easily.
      - On the final drive, I don't like the hurry up on first down to try and run it in. Let the clock run. Unless there was a reason to get the snap off before a challenge, we should get the right personnel in and run the play we want. I also don't like trying to run wide. We continually get stuffed in short yardage on that play.
      - Watching the cheerleaders dance to Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith. I was waiting all routine for them to simulate riding a horse (You know. Gallop in place, hand over head like they are twirling a lasso). Never happened.
      - Welker dropped 2 easy balls that could have really helped the cause. First was early in the game where the other would have gotten us off the 1 yard line and given us a key first down late in the game.
      - How many times did the RB hit the hole, get bottled up and then roll off and gain 10 yards. We need to get the ends to contain better instead of collapsing in. The one thing they teach kids is to set and maintain the edge. These are pros who should know better.
      - Giving up 35 first downs and 7 for 11 on 3rd down conversions is unacceptable. We need to pressure the QB more as the front just isn't getting there. Whether that means blitzing or coming up with different schemes, we need to get the opposing QB out of rhythm.

      The Ugly
      - BB's throwing of the challenge flag. For a guy who played sports, that was pathetic. Looked like a limp, noodle arm of a 4 year old girl.
      - How can a professional not know the rules of their sport. There were a couple of 49ers and Rams that thought there would be another OT. Bradford played like there was going to be another one.
      - Speaking of the Rams, how do you get a delay of game on what would have been the winning FG? Pathetic.
      - The Jets look awful and Miami gets pounded by Tennessee. Looks like we just won the division.


    • Steve Basile
      Wow. And exactly why SHOULDN’T he be in consideration for MVP, despite missing 25% of the season? If he leads the league in stats, and is truly the MOST
      Message 51 of 51 , Nov 2, 2016
        Wow.  And exactly why SHOULDN’T he be in consideration for MVP, despite missing 25% of the season?

        If he leads the league in stats, and is truly the MOST valuable player, why not?

        Steve Basile
        Chief Fanatic
        B.D. Riley's Irish Pub
        Official Home: Austin Patriots Club

        On Nov 2, 2016, at 7:25 AM, George Richman patswingr@... [patriotzip] <patriotzip@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

        !!! This may be a bigger shock than the trade of Collins

        "- Tom Brady has more rushing yards than Russell Wilson.  Wilson has played in 3 more games than Brady."

        In any case, I nominate it for "stat of the year"! :-)

        Good job, as always, Dave.
        --- George 

        On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM, Levine, Dave via patriots <patriots@...> wrote:
        The Good
        - Gronk got his 69th TD to take over the all-time TD lead from Stanley Morgan.  Unfortunately he did not act sophomoric enough but maybe BB talked to him about it.  1 more TD and he will have 420 points.  That could be fun.
        - Another game without an INT.  Next one ties the modern record of 9 games without a pick.  10 is the record set in 1960ish by the Browns.
        - TB12 is making it look easy.  Whatever they did in the off season with his deep game has worked.  He is just dropping dimes all over the place.  The pass to Hogan was spot on and the one to Gronk, though shorter, was money as well.
        - Our D came to hit today.  McCourty, Hightower, Chung.  All clean, textbook hits.
        - Our 15 is better than their 15 and our 15 used to be their 15 and their 15 used to be our 19.  All told, I think that's 79, which has been retired.
        - Perfect time for a bye week.  This will give Bennett a chance to heal a little bit.  Give the coaches a chance to make some adjustments on the OL to get more consistent protection.  Gives Lewis some additional time to get reps with the team.  Give Ghost a chance to feel good about himself after a solid game.
        - I think the Pats should have a read option play with Brady.  No one will expect it and there is no chance they would actually think TB12 would keep it.  If we need some quick (sorry, slow) yardage, that's the secret play.
        - The special teams played much better today.  The coverage was fantastic, holding the Bills to minimal gains on returns.  The blocking for Dola was tremendous, giving him the early lane to get up to full speed, allowing him to make people miss and pick up huge yardage.
        - TB12 now has 26 wins (vs 3 losses) to Buffalo which ties him for the lead in victories against an opponent (Favre vs. Detroit).
        - Portland Bulldogs had a bye week as the number one seed.  We get to play Oxford Hills next week who we defeated 32-7 in week 4.  They kept it close for the first 2 quarters but we pulled away after the half.  It should be easier this time around as that was our first game without our starting stud RB (torn ACL the previous week) and we were still feeling out the replacement.  We are up to speed and should role to the Class A north title game the following week.

        The Bad
        - The rap that the D is getting.  When the game mattered, we gave up 15 points.  That's it.  We had 2 stops in the red zone and forced the Bills to march repeatedly down the field only to falter at the end.  One of the series that we gave up points was after forcing a punt where the punter made a play and ran for it.  We had a letdown and didn't recover until they scored.  Once the game was well in hand (up 3 TDs), the D backed off and let the Bills move a little easier.  Our O didn't help either by going 3 and out twice in a row while just trying to burn time.  15 points will win football games.
        - Everyone bailed before the punt.  No one made sure that, even with a clean play, the punter didn't scramble.  You have to make sure the ball is kicked before you retreat.  This will be a great teaching point for BB going into the bye week.
        - Too many penalties.  We have to clean this up.  Too many men on the field cost us 5 and then, after walking off the yardage, we didn't have enough on the field forcing a time out.  Come one now.  This is the stuff of undisciplined teams like Buffalo and Oakland.  Granted, a couple were not penalties (hands to the face and the last PI on Rowe were both non-existent) but it's still too much.
        - Rowe had a very down game.  One of the PI calls was complete BS and directly led to a TD but the other one was blatant and he was out of position quite a bit.  Maybe it's time to get Cyrus out of the doghouse.  Hopefully the little puppy understands that he was bad.
        - It sucks that we have to trade Collins.  He is an athletic freak and a core part of our defense.  My guess is that we have approached him about a new contract and he wants a ton of money that we are not willing to pay.  We are going to probably invest in Hightower and can't get both.  Same reason we had to dump Chandlers Jones.  Instead of losing him, we trade him for 3rd round pick this year instead of a comp pick next year.  Now I understand why he wasn't playing yesterday and why we went out and got Van Noy.  Hopefully Roberts continues to play well.

        The Ugly
        -  I thought about it for a while but I just couldn't come up with a pithy remark.  The best I have is that there were 2 dildos on the field yesterday.  Rex Ryan and a latex one.  Weak, I know but for something so well set up, I've got nothing.  Anyone?
        - I understand that Oakland has a rep as being bad boys and undisciplined but good god.  23 penalties in a game for 200 yards.  That's a sign of a team that just doesn't give a damn.
        - The Cleveland Dawg Pound sign in the end zone just sums up the Browns in one, ridiculous picture.  Really.  I mean, really?  GPODAWUND?  Really?
        - Let's break down Ghosts kick by the yard.  For the first 25 yards, the ball was dead center and rising.  Plenty of leg, plenty of accuracy.  From 25 to 35, the ball takes a slight angle to the left, like a minor draw shot, something Ghost likes to do anyway.  From 35 to 45, the ball starts to flutter a little and hook to the left and dip, like one of my golf shots.  From 45 to 51, the ball, with a mind of its own, takes a sharp left and down, like it was blocked by Dikembe Mutombo.  I was just waiting for the uprights to start wagging back and forth like a finger.
        - Tom Brady has more rushing yards than Russell Wilson.  Wilson has played in 3 more games than Brady.

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