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See Whose Worse.
Predict the Win Last Week- I think I was the only one who didn't
predict the Pats would win against Carolina last week. I just couldn't
type my usually 7th Thing- Pats Win. It just didn't seem right. All this
talk about the demise of Cam Newton was so nearsighted. He had shoulder
surgery, and was working through the first three weeks like it was
preseason, and he was finally ready to play.
uncomfortable writing the preview. Then when Benjamin said he was playing?
I just couldn't see who could cover Benjamin and Funchess. Not that I
thought they would have the complete self-destruction of the Pats
secondary, but they were just so big and athletic.
I also didn't
think the refs were going to fix the game. The refs made a bad call
seemingly at every big moment in the game. And! A Defensive Holding call
on Safety, on a run play! Where the WR was clearly blocking Chung on a run
play, as Chung was trying to shed him and get inside. That was a
However, as I
tried to write "Pats Win" it just seemed like no one was taking
the Number One Defense seriously. And the attacks on Newton were just
stupid. It just all seemed so wrong. So I couldn't predict the victory,
But I couldn't predict the loss either, for fear I'd jinks them. So
I just never uploaded the 7th Thing- Pats
Communication Breakdown. It’s Always the Same- I'm a little
offended when you call what the Pats are playing defense. Maybe,
defensively challenged. Or, "We don't need no stinking defense?"
Or best of all, De-fense, De-frense, the De-fense is on fire! We don't
need no water let the Mother F-er burn!
we have half a team, or two-thirds of a team if you like Special teams
units. So they have a two wheeled tricycle for a team. And because of the
short week the Pats don't have time to fix the popped tire. They have to
start communicating like a team. Not like a murder of crows cawing wildly
at each other.
one crow doesn't know the signals than the murder of the defense is
inevitable. "Communication is a two-way street. One guy talks. One
guy listens. I don't know many ways that you can do that any better,"
McCourty said. "We have hand signals. We talk. When we talk, we have
ways that guys know you got it by you confirming. So I mean, I don't know
if there's many ways that we can change how we do that. Like I said
earlier, it's about getting it and then just doing it." If they don't
get it this week than they will get it again in the Win-Loss column (3 and
there's no time, with the same cast of characters, and the same troubling
lines of communication. "That's very dangerous. I mean, that's why
we're meeting and that's why we're going over things so it doesn't turn
into that. Where now a guy is unsure of what's going to happen, so he's
trying to do this and that. That will never work," McCourty said.
"That's why it's always key. I know you guys always ask us Sunday
after a game, 'What happened?' That's why Monday is so key of maybe the
next team's not like that team, but maybe that comes back up later in the
season or maybe it comes back up the next week. That's why it's important
to go back and correct those things for that reason that you're talking
about so we're not sitting and a guy's like, 'Dang, I remember this
formation. We got this last week and I didn't know what was going to
happen and I still don't.' That's why you want to go over it. It's like
alright, we messed it up on this play, but the next time it comes up,
let's get it right so everyone can still play fast." It looks like we
might be doomed to do the same thing over again, and I'm not expecting
3. Quick Week-
The biggest problem this week is that the Pats had two days to prepare,
after the worst defensive breakdown in the BB-Era. "The sense of urgency
I would say is the quick week," Gronk said. "It's urgent to
switch the page right away, which was yesterday, and just start focusing
on Tampa Bay. You've got to do it quick. I mean this is a different week
than any other week. We're playing like three days before Sunday on
Thursday night. So you've got to turn the page, you've got to be prepared,
you've got to lock it in and just do overtime right now." There is a
whole lotta urgency on the other side of the ball.
However, this tight week
usually favors the better-coached teams. "We're moving along here
this week. Today is a big day for us in terms of our scouting report, game
plan. We're trying to get as much done as we can today here and tomorrow
and then we'll be going down there tomorrow afternoon." BB said.
"Tampa is an impressive team. They have a lot of good players; a
well-coached team, obviously. We don't know them very well but we'll grind
it out here and do as good of a job as we can familiarizing ourselves with
the players, the schemes and what they do in the time we have available.
That's where we're at." Which brings up the question we'd never
thought could possibly be asked this season, "who is the better
I mean, this secondary is
going up against Mike Evans! He may the best big WR in the game, with
elite hands, and as
physical as it gets in this game. "Yeah, we'd have to put [Deatrich]
Wise out there to match up with him physically. He's a big guy. We don't
have any defensive backs as big as him. There's probably not one in the
league. We've got to cover him. Whoever is on him is on him," BB said
about Evans. "[He's] big, fast, can really go up and get the ball.
They throw a lot of high balls to him and he goes up there and can take it
away from the defenders. He's strong. He's a big target, catches the ball
well. He's tough." Is there a guy in this secondary that can stop a
high lob pass to him?
Then they have the
ultra-speedster DeSean Jackson. "He's a great big-play threat. He's
had tremendous production in that area through the course of his career,
as good as any player in the history of the league," BB said.
"He's a very explosive guy, short catch-and-run plays, vertical
speed, good intermediate route runner. Again, one of their many options in
terms of playmakers." If you have a communication breakdown against
him, he could outrun a hurricane.
I questioned Winston's
mental makeup a little, but I never questioned his arm. "Good
quarterback, very good arm, accurate, gets the ball to all of his
receivers, uses the tight ends well, the receivers well, strong, can stand
in there against the rush, moves well in the pocket to create a little
extra time," BB said. "He's a hard guy to tackle, hard guy to
bring down. He can throw the ball with people hanging all over him and he
can throw it accurately and throw it pretty far, too. He stretches the
field on you, sideline to sideline, vertical passer, five-thousand yards
the last two years offensively, 50 touchdowns. They've had a lot of
production on offense in two years. Coach Koetter has done a great job
with him. He's done well. For a guy in his third year he's had
extraordinary production. Not many guys that have more than he has and
we've had some pretty good quarterbacks." He can put the ball were he
wants it everywhere on the field.
This is not the week to be la-de-dah in the Secondary.
This is the week to be tough, smart, and fast as a hurricane. Because when
the communications break down in the those swirling winds, we've all seen
the disasters that can occur. This is not going to be an easy victory by
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