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Houston's Achilles Heel-
Houston just doesn't have a QB. Despite his reputation as a QB-Whisperer,
Billy O'Brien has been a complete and utter failure at finding a QB who
can run his system. It is really a mystery. His first choice at QB Tom
Savage couldn't last a Half do to a complete and utter inability to run
the offense. He ran 31 plays against a terrible Jaguar's team and was
sacked 6 times.
is terribly offense. They were forced to punt on each of their first four
possessions. However, they then came back last week and miraculously beat
a Bengals team that just could not handle their defense. Which is what the
Pats have to look out for. Of course, Watson scored the only TD of the
game with a 49-yard run, not his arm and rookie-brain.
didn't score a TD in Week One against the Ravens as well. "You have
to put your game plan together and do what you feel is best and in the
best interest of whatever it is you're trying to accomplish on that
play," BB said. "I mean, McKinney's an edge player. He's a
problem. Mercilus, Clowney, Watt, their defensive line is strong and
physical. Their whole front is really, really dynamic in terms of the way
they play and what they can do to disrupt the offense.
only have so many blockers and they have just as many rushers. At some
point, every football game becomes about what you can do and your
individual one-on-one matchup, and there's no guarantee that you can
double-team this guy or that guy. That's virtually impossible to determine
before the ball's snapped, before they align on defense. They don't line
up in the same spots every play. So, you've got to be smart and try to do
what you can to move the football: run, pass, first down, second down,
third down, whatever it might be. Against a group like this that's dynamic
at a lot of spots."
offense is as terrible as Houston defense is great. Watson was 15 of 24
for a rookie like 125-yards and 0-TDs. That is not going to do it this
week. They are even more of a one-sided team than they were last year.
this isn't a top-secret news. The Houston defense knows damn well the
whole victory is on their shoulders. "Well, it's no different than
any other position," BB said. "You look at the new player that's
in there and you look at what things are different and acknowledge those,
and you look at what things are the same and those things are the same.
Fiedorowicz is out. Watson is in. Edelman is out. Every team goes through
that. That's football, unfortunately. That happens on just about every
team. We deal with it every week." Well it is different from any
on offense goes through the QB's brain. "[Watson's an] athletic
player, good poise, has a good arm," BB said. "I think he can
make all of the throws he needs to make. Obviously, can throw on the run,
a really athletic guy." But he still has a rookie Brain. He has
played for six quarters without throwing his first NFL TD.
defense has to step it up and not let the rookie get comfortable in the
pocket, without letting him get out of the pocket. "Very athletic. He
throws the ball well, has got a good arm. Has got a lot of poise… I
mean, this is not the first time we've ever played against a scrambling
quarterback," BB said. "We practiced against him three weeks
ago. I mean, look, you have to defend the whole offense. You can't defend
one guy or stop one guy on defense. You know the skills of those
individuals and you take those into consideration. You have to also take
into consideration the overall scheme and what they're doing and what your
assignments are. In this case the different defenses and different calls
that we have."
can kill you with his legs, but anytime he is running he is not hurting
you with his Brain. Playing QB in the NFL is about hurting the other team
with your Brain, as much as it is hurting the defense with your arm. All
rookie QBs struggle with that battle to win with their arms and brains.
The Pats defense will force him to think on his feet, and throw into all
kinds of coverages.
will be disgusting to watch. As the D-line will rush to contain, and not
to scare the QB out of the pocket. His only real weapon throwing the ball
is Hopkins. "Hopkins is a very physical receiver. He's a good route
technique guy and he has great hands," BB said. "He's good
against off-coverage with his stems and his route technique and he's good
against press coverage because he's physical. He uses his hands well and
he's able to create separation and then he can extend. He catches the ball
away from his body very well. When the quarterback can put the ball where
he can get it, he gets it.
has good timing on the deep balls to go up and out-jump the defender who
might have good positon on him, but he goes up and can get those balls,
make spectacular one-handed catches or diving catches. His catch radius is
probably as big as any receiver in the league. There's somewhere you can
put the ball, no matter where the guy is on him, there's somewhere where
you can put the ball where he can get it that the defender cant, and if
it's a good throw he'll get it and it will be a completion. So he's never
really covered even when he's covered." Otherwise it is all run the
ball, and that doesn't beat the Patriots.
Getting Defensive On Defense- The Pats suddenly seemed to have
found two edgerushers. "He was a productive player in a great
conference. He played against a lot of good players and played well."
BB said. "I mean Deatrich [Wise]? He's coming along like most guys
are in their first year. He's got a long way to go. There are a lot of
things he needs to work on. He's making progress. If he keeps working
hard, keeps improving, working on the things that he needs to work on then
he'll get better, and maybe he'll be able to help us more." Wise and
Flowers look like they could be the real deal for a long time.
they are getting some interesting work from their CBs, like Rowe.
"Eric was in a tough situation last year. He came in during the
season, didn't have the benefit of training camp, the foundation of the
systems, a lot of catching up on the way. Which I thought he did a real
good job of and he helped us a lot," BB said. "But this year
it's been much better for him to be able to be here from the beginning
with a year of experience behind him. [He has a] much better understanding
of what he's doing, what our opponents are doing. Some of the techniques
and so forth that we use are a little different than what they had in
Philadelphia. He's definitely gaining with the experience that he's
received and earned." He was terrific last week, and looked like the
player I projected the Pats to pick in the 1st Round in 2015.
Jones was also great last week making two plays on the ball. "I
thought on both of those plays the technique that he used to finish the
play, the final reception point, was excellent, perfect. It was textbook
technique. What we teach all of our players to do, but it's a great
illustration of Jonathan doing it and having two big plays, two very
productive plays," BB said. "Those are good examples for us to
show, not only him, but all of the other players in terms of playing those
types of passes and finishing in the situation that he was in. Defensive
backs only get, usually, not very many opportunities to play balls like
that in practice or in the games. It doesn't come up a lot of times in the
Jonathan it came up twice in that game, which is, I'd say, is a little bit
unusual, that the frequency would be that. But when it does come up it's
such an important play that we've got to play it properly. It's so
critical to play it properly because of the importance of the play. Again,
he did a great job on that and those will be great teaching tapes for him,
both him and our other players, that when they're in that position, to see
how he did it properly and how successful that was."
coverage and pass rush always works together to disrupt and confuse the
QB. But the passrush will be slowed this week because of contain. So they
have to mix things up a bit in order to slow the rookie's Brain down a
little more. "I think week in week out our coverages, our fronts, our
calls, our different looks that we go in, it all changes," Patricia
said. "So I can't really sit here and say that it's really one
particular thing, it's probably pretty balanced overall if you take a look
at it. I think that we try to do a good job of changing it up and mixing
it depending on what we have to defend.
situation has a lot to dictate with that, the team we're playing, the
field position. It has to do with the game itself. I can't really say that
there's just one thing. That's not really kind of what we do. I'd say in
general for us the communication as a defense as a whole is something that
we're working on.
obviously something we had to improve after Week 1. I think hopefully
we've taken some steps in the right direction with that but we certainly
need to keep improving that and move that forward. It's got to be
something that we can build on each week to get better at and it certainly
becomes more challenging every week as the season goes. Offenses advance
the things that they're doing. We're trying to make sure that we keep up
with that in response. Our communication is a big part of it."
will have to mix things up with zones, which also helps the DBs see when
Watson is taking off. When a DBs is locked onto a WR it is much harder to
see what the QB is doing. So they will Press a lot, to slow down the
patterns. And zone it up a lot, to keep the QB thinking and the DBs better
able to stop the QB when he takes off. But Houston will have trouble
scoring one TD, never mind two.
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