And now, for the bad news
- ***** I didn't want to taint my celebratory post by dwelling on the
negatives that still exist with our team; but we all know they exist.
***** Primary among them is the single worst element of this team - Ken
Walter. PLEASE, Coach of the Year, dump this bum! There have got to be
guys - or GIRLS! - out there sacking groceries that can punt better
than this turkey! As for the job of holding for Adam, as I've said
before, I find it hard to believe that Huard couldn't handle that job.
Backup QBs frequently fill that role very well; *and* it provides all
those options for fakes, or emergency plays. Seriously, there simply
must be better punters out of work right now. Go get one!
***** Next in line is Charlie's propensity for the trick play crap. The
only deception he should be using is more frequent use of the play
action pass on first down in the RZ. We can't run, Charlie! We run at
our worst in the RZ, where opponents play up tight to strengthen their
run defense. We don't have the speed in our line, or other blockers, to
run trick plays to the outside. Why do we keep trying both of these
tactics in the RZ?! Play action passes, and/or quick slants or outs to
our very competent receivers are the only plays we should be running
***** Speaking of running, we desperately need a premier RB. It simply
must be our top priority in the next draft; whether we pick a top
rookie, or trade for a proven stud. I've been a DL/OL proponent
consistently for the past few years. Now, I know that our defensive
front 7 can get it done. I also know that, while it still needs
significant improvement, our OL is above average in pass protection,
and at least adequate in run blocking. We simply don't have a RB who
can consistently "make a play" to escape the first level, and break one
now and then. Add that dimension to our offense, and we have a great
team. Without it, we will continue to struggle for nearly every win.
That may please Steve ("I love a close game that goes down to the last
play"); but this old heart prefers to win with a little less stress!
** Belichick IS NFL Coach of the Year! **