Things for Saturday: Part II.
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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!"
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
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
Hand- Hand might have been the best player on the Alabama defense,
during the regular season. He played better against Georgia than he did
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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