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Afraid. Be Very-Very Afraid.
Everything in the Patriots organization has just changed, again. Remember
when we were flying high. We suddenly had two top five QBs on our roster,
and were dreaming of the treasure we would get for ransoming one of them
to the powers that be, like pirates on the open sea. We were in paradise
just a day ago. Life was great.
was busy resting for the rest of the long season, and Jimmy-G was killing
it. "You know, [gulp, I] did enough to win," Brissett
said. "And [gulp, I] obviously got to get better. But [gulp,
I did] enough to [make everyone in New England cry]. We did a great job on
all phases of the game that helped lead to this victory." Now we have
a rookie QB.
no offense to Jacoby, but he's a rookie. Rookie QBs kill offense in the
NFL. It is what it is. "Obviously, it was a tough situation, but I
think Jacoby [Brissett] handled the moment well," Mathew Slater said.
"I think he's done a great job of preparing himself. And [when] he
got in there, he was able to make some plays with his legs. He was able to
move the chains. And I think that the front played well. Marty, the line,
James Develin, Clay, they all blocked well, and we were able to run the
ball there at the end, and run some time off the clock. LeGarrette played
well, carried the ball well. So I think it was a good team effort across
the board. You hate to see Jimmy sustain an injury, obviously, but we had
to do what we had to do. " I mean, all humor aside, for a rookie QB,
he actually did a hell of lot better than I expected.
during the game, incase you missed it. Jimmy-G took a humongous step
forward in this game. There was still one flaw in his game that worried
me. And he corrected that flaw in a flash of dragon fire with three
missiles, like they were shot out of a crossbow. Jimmy-G was perfect
managing the Pats offense, but couldn't seem to throw TDs. He threw for
one TD in the three Preseason games he started. As hall of fame like as he
was in Arizona, he only threw one TD in that game.
Boom! Yesterday he threw three TDs in less than a half of football, like
they were fiery stones bursting out of catapult. He threw more TD passes
in the uncompleted 1st half of yesterdays game than he threw in the four
previous games he started combined. He was literally making the decision
on who should be traded this coming off-season for BB, all by himself. I
didn't think it was possible for him to play better than he did in
Arizona. Yet there he was making his great start in Arizona look like he
was a rookie who is starting his first game (Be afraid. Be very-very
took a huge step forward from a game manger who could make great throws on
3rd down, to a top five starting NFL QB who can throw for multiple TDs in
a game. That is a step up most NFL QBs don't make. "It's next man
up," Long said. "And our offense was doing such a good job and
they continue to do a pretty good job. I mean, Jacoby Brissett did a
really admirable job filling in. That's tough on a young kid like that.
But he just had a mentally and a mindset and he's had a mentality and a
mindset preparing that he's ready to play. So we were confident in him and
we just had to go out there and hold up our end of the bargain and we
didn't always do that. But we'll fix those things and it's a short week
and we got to fix them in a hurry."
off, anyone who says the Pats are going to bring in a veteran QB to play
in less than a week is trolling. Impossible. Nether team is even going to
have a real practice this week. So stop. Stop the lying. There is now only
one QB in the entire world who can barely manage the Patriots Playbook
Thursday Night, and that is Jacoby Brissett, period. "I felt
prepared, and did enough for us to secure the win," Brissett said.
real problem is not Brissett's backup, it's that Brissett is a rookie.
Rookies don't know what they don't know. Rookies are confused. Rookies are
lost in tall grass. Rookies get overwhelmed by the speed and ferocity of
the game in a blink of the eye. Then they are doing wacky things like
throwing the ball backwards, like Brissett did in the 4th quarter.
defense is going to chew him up and spit him out, like a piece of fruit
that just went sour right before you put it in your mouth. The kind of
sudden rioting taste that swirls in your mouth for minutes and makes you
spit and spit and spit in hopes of some flavor mercy. Only, Houston ain't
gonna show any mercy. Be afraid. Be very very afraid.
only good news is that Houston has to travel to New England. They are
going to be tragically unprepared for this game. Thursday Night football
is cruel and unfair to the players. They have one day to recover from the
brutality of an NFL game. Then one walk-through on Tuesday. Then Wednesday
they have to travel to New England. Then play Thursday. There will be
nothing new added from their first two games. What the Pats coaches break
down from the first two games is what they are going to get.
Pats will at least be able to have a couple of run-throughs, and maybe
even a little bit more of a practice on Wednesday. Brissett will be
working with Edelman, Hogan, Bennett, and Amendola throwing short routes
over and over behind the scenes. "Definitely," the starting
rookie QB for the NEP Jacoby Brissett said. "Preparation is the key
for us going forward." Brissett and McDaniel will be down in the
dungeons of Gillette studying old film of the option and some guy named
Matt, like two young monks in a catacombs studying ancient dusty texts.
course the best news is that we
still have the old guy resting in the wings for a 1/4 of the season, which
is not a bad thing for his body. 12-game season baby! When you get upset
about the unmitigated disaster of the Jimmy-G injury, just keep saying to
yourself, "Brady is coming. Brady is coming." That is the new
Pats fan mantra: "Brady is coming." This regular season will
come down to the glorious 12-games of a pissed off Brady. If they can come
out of this utter disaster 3 and 1 or better, the rest of the NFL had
Thursday nights' game is going to be hot, humid, and as ugly as an
ass-monkey. The Pats coaches will come up with something, not new, but
very old. There was a time, the ancient ones still talk about it, when the
Brady won a few Super Bowls and then was hamstrung by a knee injury. He
missed most of the season. They had a backup who was a backup only in
college and the NFL come in to play.
name was Castle. He was a detective. No. I meant Cassel. And when they put
him in he spent the first month throwing sideways. I don't think he threw
a pass over 10-yard in the first two games. He would throw it short and
outside on screens, swing passes, and out routes dragging down the LOS.
Brissett actually had more experience starting football games than Cassel
did when he stepped in for Brady, granted they were college games.
also ran a ton of Options at NC State. They will run Options and he will
use his feet as much as they think he can get away with. And when he
throws, he will be throwing sideways. Quick passes to get the ball out of
traffic, and hope one of his playmakers can make a guy miss and change
field position. It will also help to take Houston's great D-line out of
also has in his spell book one of only a few (I should probably look that
up, but I'm working on a four day week here as well) true back up QBs to
win a Super Bowl: Jeff Hostetler (oh, and wasn't Brady technically a
backup in 2001). BB was the DC of the Giants team that lost Phil Simms to
injury, stuck in the running backup QB Hostetler, and won the Super Bowl.
You are more likely to see the kind of offense they ran with Hostetler
than with Cassel.
was more of a running option-like QB when he first came in, like Brissett
is now. He developed into more of a thrower during the season and after,
like Cassel did for the Pats and KC. So while you have to hold onto the
hope that Jimmy-G plays against the Bills, the offense will become more of
an Option-offense with short passes outside to the playmakers, and a long
pass or two deep down the sideline when the safeties come up too much to
stop the run and WR screens.
pray to whatever football Gods you hold dear that Jimmy-G can play against
the Bills. A team that is in utter turmoil right now, but you can't beat
them with a run only offense. And just remember, "Brady is
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