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7 Things for Saturday: Part II.

By TOM

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Do Or Die Time.

By TOM

3. Oh Yeah, There's A Game- There's a game today. I almost forgot with all the Access Hollywood BS going on in Patriots nation. It made me feel as dumb as President Fredo. Sad. I kept writing one-word sentences, like I thought it was smart. "I'm Smart! Not like everyone says!"

I broke down all four quarters of the Titans game, in part to prove there was an obvious path to victory for the Titans. I failed. The only obvious path to victory for the Titans is over confidence (for President Fredo fans? I mean the Pats being over confident;). But the Titans do have a chance.

"We've really been able to dig into Tennessee here the last few days since Sunday night. Obviously, we did work on them last week but once things cleared up Sunday night it's all in on Tennessee. It's an impressive football team," BB said. "They do a lot of things well. They're a very well-balanced team. They're strong in all three phases of the game, really good in the kicking game. They have outstanding specialists. [Brett] Kern's as good as any. He's had an unbelievable, fabulous year punting. They have good coverage players, good returners. [Adoree'] Jackson's done a good job for them in the return game. He's given them some explosive plays. Succop's had another great year kicking the ball, so they're really strong in that phase of the game."

The Titans are great at running the ball and stuffing the run. It is not a coincidence that all the winning teams in the Playoffs can run and stuff the run. Football is like real-estate, you want to buy the house that no one wants, and not the one everyone is bidding on. When teams have become pass only, you win by running.

"Offensively, a well-balanced team, good running game, good runners. The quarterback is athletic, a lot of big play receivers," BB said. "Walker's outstanding. They have a lot of explosive players at the receiver position: Matthews, Decker, [Taywan] Taylor, that whole group. A good offensive line, experienced guys. They play very well. They do a good job of attacking the defense in a lot of different ways. They give you a lot to defend, a lot of scheme, good players."

Running the ball is intricate to what the Pats do on offense. If the Titans stuff the run? That makes what the Pats do much more difficult. Namely play action. Brady is at his best when they run the ball successfully, and can kill with the play action.

"Defensively, Coach LeBeau is as good as there is, as good a defensive coach as there is. He has an outstanding scheme, does a good job of in-game adjustments. They're very aggressive. They turn the ball over. They have very good edge players. They have good inside players. Their linebackers run well, turn the ball over," BB said. "[Kevin] Byard's had a tremendous year for them, but they have a lot of strip fumbles, strip sacks, interceptions. They have a variety of ways to turn the ball over and they've done a good job of that all the way across the board. This is a team that's been in a lot of close games. They're tough, they're resilient, won on the road, won tough games the last two weeks that they needed to win to be here. I have a lot of respect for their program, the way they play, the way they coach, the way they compete and [they're] a tough, hard-nosed team."

The Titans were swarming over the KC run game, and KC can run the ball. Reid builds his O-lines so they can run the ball. The Titans would not let them run the ball. They will be doing the same thing tonight. The Pats had better be prepared for an all out physical war, because the Titans are going to bring the physicality to Foxboro, and the Pats have to match it.

Their O-line can bring the heat, with Henry behind them. "He's a hard guy to tackle. He runs strong, he's powerful, breaks tackles," BB said. "He's very good in the open field, he's elusive, he's good in space, he can run like a small back in space and he's had some long runs: 60-yarders, 65-yarders, whatever they were; Where he runs through multiple guys, cuts back against the grain. You see him run in the open field very productively. So, he's more than just a power back. He's a good space back and very athletic guy, can catch the ball." They look to hurt you in the run game.

Defensively they have a great D-line that can beat up an offense. "They stunt a lot. They stunt D-linemen," BB said. "They blitz. When they blitz, that usually involves movement. Sometimes the blitzers move and they cross or are involved with another defensive linemen, let's just say, so two blitzers and a lineman and some type of movement or it could be two blitzers or it could be a blitzer and a lineman or it could be two or three lineman. So, yep, they do a good job moving. They're strong but Casey [is a] quick guy. He's particularly hard to handle. But Orakpo, Morgan, their linebackers. They're all pretty athletic players." This is big a test in the physical toughness department as well as mental toughness for the Pats.

4. Picking Patriots- Wow! What a Champ game. I mean we saw I all. Unfortunately, the underclassmen took over the game, and there wasn't as much obvious Draft Stock Up! As I would have liked. But there was some Draft stock up in the NCAAs this year:

Rashaan Evans- I told everyone that he was the best rusher of the off the line Linebackers three weeks ago, when you never heard anyone talking about his passrush abilities. Mel and Todd were certainly listening, as they suddenly talked about what a terrific pass rusher he was this week on First Draft.

He really took to his new role as an edge rusher. "All it does is build character. You become unselfish. You become more about the team and when you have that type of mindset, your individual success is going to come anyway when you’re thinking about the team," Evans said. "Those things I have learned here overall under Coach Saban, I feel like those are the most important things you can take here and to the next level." He has been an off the line LB mostly before this season.

In case you hadn't noticed, the NFL has changed. LBs have to be more valuable in the passing game than the running game. But you still have to be able to stop the run. This change has worked its way down to college football. Evans has found a role in the passing game that every team needs.

He is a great blitzer off the edge, and he can drop as well. He really showed it in the Playoffs. That elevates him to the number two LB in this Draft behind Roquan Smith. He could be an interesting pick for the Pats at 32.

But maybe the most interesting aspect was that he played hurt the whole Playoffs. "I would say really don’t make the stage bigger than what it is," Evans said about playing in the Playoffs. "Play with my eyes, being able to trust my instincts and things like that. The fact that I had success playing on the stage that I did, I feel like just playing in a regular game would be a lot easier now." He actually left the game against Clemson with what looked like an ankle sprain, and still started against Georgia.

"Both guys have made a significant contribution and played a lot of football around here. We think both of them are really, really good players. I think both of them have responded well as starters this spring and are starting to show some leadership. I’ve been really pleased with those guys," Saban said Evans and Hand. "So, hopefully they’ll continue to improve and grow and they’ll become the kind of people who can impact other folks on our defense, so that not only do they play great football, but they help others do the same."

Da'Shawn Hand- Hand might have been the best player on the Alabama defense, during the regular season. He played better against Georgia than he did against Clemson.

This was Hand's first year as a fulltime starter, because of all the older talent ahead of him at Alabama. "It was a humbling experience, but I’m glad I went through it," Hand said about backing up Allen, Robinson, Tomlinson, and Reed. "God has no mistakes in a man’s life, so I was just riding the wave. I just kept chopping at the wood, and now’s my time." He was almost as good as his four elder classmates this season.

You could see he was really working hard behind the scenes in his time at Alabama. "It’s a very important season for me just because I have to showcase my athleticism," Hand said. "I’ve been waiting. I’ve been working, so I’m just ready to showcase." He was great at pushing the OLT up field, and then cutting inside him to the QB.

Just the way BB likes it. He hates when rushers run past the QB. BB complimented Chargers rushers Bosa and Ingram this year when they played against the Pats. Because they didn't run by the QB, and cut inside the OTs when they got past the QB. Which is also what Flowers and Wise excelled at doing this season. That is one of Hand's great talents. He could be an interesting pick for the Pats at 32.

Da'Ron Payne- Payne was the best player on the Alabama defense in the Playoffs, and may have worked himself into the 1st. He was destroying blockers. And not just destroying them, but finding the ball after. He played better behind his eyes (finding the ball) than any time before the Playoffs.

This was also Payne's first year as a fulltime starter, because of all the older talent ahead of him at Alabama. He was just as good as his four elder classmates in this year's Playoff, maybe better.

It took him a season of starting to finally become the player everyone thought he was. "I just wanted to go out there and just give it my all and just leave it all on the field," Payne said about being named MVP. "No matter what happened in the outcome of the game, I just knew I gave everything. I think I did that both games, and it just came…. My dream came true." He was named defensive MVP of the Championship Game.

He controlled the center of the O-line like Wilfork. He was killing every OL they put in front of him in the Playoffs. He was just as effective in Odd and Even fronts. He might stay in school, but should probably strike while the iron is hot. And the iron doesn't get any hotter than winning MVP in the College Championship Game. He could be an interesting pick for the Pats at 32.

Levi Wallace, Anthony Averett, Tony Brown- All three Alabama Corners played well in the Playoffs. I think they all worked their way into Day Three. They all made impact plays in the two Playoff games. They got their hands on the ball in the Playoffs. They showed some great athleticism, especially Averett who looked very twitchy against Georgia.

Tony Brown might be the most controversial of the three. "When Tony can stay focused on what he's supposed to do. Do the right things, make good choices and decisions, and what he does and stay focused on it?" Saban said. "He can be very effective player." If BB can get over that, he could be an interesting pick at 96.

Plus, he did play injured all season. "He wants to be successful… He’s probably going to get more opportunities in the future to play," Saban said. "I’m hopeful that we’re going to spend every bit of time that we can with him to try to do things the way he needs to do them so that he can be successful. We just have to help him do it." He was focused and successful in the Championship Game.

He could fall into the 4th for the Pats. "I love Dabo for all the ammunition he gave this team, man," Brown said. "He gave this team a lot of ammunition to come play this game and ready to dominate every play. They told us we weren't ready. They told us we weren't worthy of a top-four team." I mean, look, that's what happens when you talk trash to us. That's what happens. We're going to show you." Odd controversies of strange things followed him every year at Alabama. Averett or Wallace could be an interesting pick for the Pats at 64, or a steal at 96.

Sony Michel- He was the most electrifying player on the field in the first playoff game. "It was just execution. We had times where we were executing well, and we had times where we wasn’t," Sony said in very Patriots like fashion. "In the 2nd half, we had a lot of times where we wasn’t. I think that’s what really hurt us." If Dion is gone? He could be a Patriot at 32.

He has the speed that all teams need. "When I scored a touchdown, I knew it was over," Sony said. "We finally get a chance to play for something big." He scored the wining TD over Oklahoma.

He is also a weapon in the passing game. "It means a lot. It’s been a long journey. It’s been an honor," Michel said. "University of Georgia just provided so much for us. [Coach] Smart as our head coach, he let the leaders lead. He let this be our team. Whatever we need, he provided. So I can’t really thank him so much. It’s been a great journey." He is a good blocker in blitz pick up.

Okay, I could go on forever. But I have to go coach my son's basketball game, and that is a hell of lot more important than this foolishness. I might up date this later...

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