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Bill lined up 1st and 10 at the 7 in a 2-Wide Winged shotgun.
"Defensively you always have, especially in the secondary, kind of
[have] a clock of 'ball is coming', but when you play against him you
don't know," McCourty said about Taylor. "And you saw it today,
there was times where we thought we had him. We came free. We got two
hands on him, he somehow breaks a tackle, he somehow comes free, he is
still looking downfield. That's always tough rushing him and playing him
in the secondary." The Pats matched up in 3-4, as they just don't
fear the Bills weapons in the passing game.
handed the ball off to Gillislee, and Branch jammed the ORT back into the
backfield. The RB found a little crack and hurdled through it. The rookie
Roberts took him out. "No, it wasn’t third down," BB said.
"We used our linebackers based on the personnel group that we had
called. So those groups could have come up at any time. So yeah, that’s
how we did it." He is turning into a nice surprise at LB (but serious?
Not that much of a surprise! Oh where, oh where, can pure Jamie be? Oh
where, oh where, can he be?).
and 6, the Bills lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats mocked them
in the 3-4 again. They rushed five. Brown got his hand up in Taylor's face
as he threw. The ball was wildly off, and Clay had no chance to catch the
pass only 4-yards down field.
and 6, the sad sack Bills went into a 3-Wide Strong shotgun, and the Pats
lined up all six of the front six in their Nickel on the line. They
brought five. Then Ninkovich dropped out, as Collins picked up Clay in
Man. Taylor finally made a nice throw. He hit Tate right in the hands
20-yards down field on a pick play.
was lined up in the slot, and the Outside WR slanted inside and picked
Rowe off. Tate dropped the best throw Taylor had made in the game so far.
The Pats had an odd rotation of Ryan, Coleman, and Rowe at CB. "I
think that’s a good observation," BB said. "I think all those
players have practiced well, have played well, deserve to play, and so
they all had an opportunity to play. They’ve all had an opportunity to
play on multiple occasions during the course of the season and their
performance will dictate future playing time and future opportunities.
of that, as you noted, is related to certain defensive groupings and
packages, and I would say some of it isn’t. Some of it is just the
rotation and some of it’s just, once there is enough evidence in and
there is a performance component to it where one exceeds another, then
that changes the decision making pattern a little bit. If we have several
guys that are playing well and playing competitively, then I don’t think
there is any reason to just play one and not another one if we can play
more than one." I didn't think it was particularly effective,
especially when you consider the complete lack of dynamic players Taylor
had to throw too.
I am forced to cover special teams. The punter shanked it in the rain and
the ref spotted the ball at the 45. And I feel dirty again. Is this what
it feels like to be a Bills fan?
Pats lined up in a Bunched up Singleback on 1st and 10. Brady faked two
fakes that the Bills defense had to respect: one to White, and a
reverse to Edelman. Then he waddled outside like a penguin, and hit White
on a Screen right. White dashed past five Bills, as blockers and Buffaloes
fell all over the field. He cut back on Blanton, and turned through the
arm tackle. But big Darius hustled downfield behind him. He grabbed him
and tossed him over the 20.
the refs called pass interference on Amendola. He was blocking the douchey
Safety 20-yards downfield, a little early, on the screen. It had no affect
on the play. Blanton shed him quickly, and Andrews had to hit him, and he
shed him. Then Amendola has to go over and hit him again. That really has
to be let go. There were three blockers between Amendola and White when he
caught it. That was the case of over-scheming the Screen, and the timing
just wasn't right.
and 20 from the Pats 45, they lined up in a 3-Wide Strong shotgun that was
another over-schemed play. They kept Gronk and Bennett in to block on the
blindside. Gronk had a bad block. Brady was forced to intentionally ground
the ball over the middle, as he was being hit as he threw. But the refs
stepped in and called a penalty on the Bills, and this game had officiously
and 10 at the 50 this time, with the Pats lined up in a trips-right Weak
shotgun. They ran Blount up the middle he slammed into Lorenzo. Blount
decleated him, but he can't fall forward.
and 8, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun, and bring Bennett in
motion a little from outside the numbers. Brady faked to Bennett as he
went the wrong way up the field. Then he turned to threw to White. But
Hughes was all over it. Cannon actually defended the pass and punched
Hughes to the ground as he got his hands up on the interception. The ball
and Hughes crashed to the ground.
and 8, and I'm was hoping they would end the shenanigans and run a real
play. They lined up Empty with Brady barking. He had time. He took off to
the left, as all the rushers ran past him. The O-line followed, and Cannon
crossed the line of scrimmage. So I guess they can't stop the shenanigans,
as the refs took away an amazing TD Pass by Brady to Edelman for a flag.
was ab-so-lute-ly crushed to the ground by Preston Brown. "Tom is a
tough player," BB said. "So we've seen that since day one and
that's never been an issue. Mentally and physically, he's as tough as they
come." He put the ball in Edelman's hands at the 15, behind the
and 13, and this is the sixth play of the drive, without a 1st down you
over-officious jerks. The Pats somehow lined up on their own 46, in a
4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady had time and lofted a deep one to a wide open
Hogan, who had two steps on Stephon Gilmore.
dropped a 54-yard TD pass into the bucket. "That was something that
was pretty early in the game and Hog's just looked like he had a
chance," Brady said. "It looked like they were giving favor in
coverage to the other side of the field [the Safety went to the other side
of the field]. And when you do that it's one on one back side, and he had
a good inside release. And Hog's fast. He runs by people and they don't
catch him. So if you can put it out there for him and let him run under
it, he's able to make those plays. And he's done that all season long so
it was great and that put us up 13-3. It was a big play in the game."
It was so beautiful that Stephon Gilmore stopped playing defense to watch
ball dropped gently into his Hogan's like a baby. "It's just one of
those plays," Hogan said. "You know? When it's third down you
don't have the chance to do a lot. The defense was good on the line and
the ball was getting dunked to me. So once I got off the line the ball was
already in the air. It seemed like the ball was up in the air for a long
time, it was just one of those things that I go up and make a play.'' He
strangled it into the Endzone like it was Halloween.
was a great a play as you will ever see. "Yeah that was huge,"
Gronk said. "I'm so happy for Chris Hogan to see him get that
touchdown. It was a bomb. I was in the middle of the field so the ball got
thrown over my head. And I was watching it like 'whoa'. It looked like a
bird just going [by]. And then I just saw Hogan. I looked at Hogan I was
like, 'Oh he's got his man beat', and I saw him make the play and score
the touchdown, I was super happy for him and he deserves it. He's a great
guy, great teammate, and a hard worker." The call, coverage, route,
and pass were all perfect, after all the shenanigans.
was one of the best free agent signings BB has ever made, so far. "I
think probably 90 percent of the process is all the same whether it’s a
player that we’ve played against or haven’t played against. There are
certainly enough, if the players play, there are enough examples in the
NFL where you can see how he is going to do against a high level of
competition," BB said. "Through enough games you’ll see a
variety of schemes and matchups that he’ll have to face to have some
idea of a projection of how he would be, how you would anticipate him
doing for you. That’s a much tougher evaluation in college because the
level of competition isn’t consistent and the schemes aren’t
necessarily all NFL schemes. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, it’s
the NFL, you’ve got that advantage to be able to see NFL quality players
and NFL schemes. I would say that other 10 percent, if it’s against your
team, then you know the player that you’ve matched up against and you
can evaluate that matchup a little bit better than watching them matchup
against somebody else because you have better knowledge of your individual
players. There is some benefit to that.
again, I would say in Chris's case, his situation is a little bit unusual
because he didn't have a lot of playing time offensively. Some of that
came when Buffalo had injuries at the position. I think Buffalo felt they
had a lot of depth at the receiver position and that affected a little bit
of Chris’s play time. When there were injuries, he played more, but he
also played very well in the kicking game which gave us an evaluation, not
only of him in the kicking game, but also some of skills that you could
see on special teams that maybe weren’t as evident on offense.
for example. Not that he didn’t block on offense, but just the number of
times blocking on kick returns that you’d be able to see that in space
against good coverage players and so forth. I’d saying playing against a
guy gives you a little bit more of an evaluation because you can see him
against one of your players and that individual matchup, but I think there
is a lot more to it than just that. There’s the whole body of work that
you want to evaluate, not just one game." Hogan was a big reason they
only had three WRs on the roster for this game.
Brady was All-World again, as he threw two 50-yard TD passes on that
drive. "I think Tom has done a good job on that (throwing deep
balls). He’s worked hard, and our receivers have done a good job,
too," BB said. "We’ve gotten behind the defense in position
where those throws are a little bit, a little higher percentage, I would
say. Really the combination of the quarterback and receiver and the work
on both ends for the timing, Tom has done a good job.
thought he made a real good throw to Danny on the scramble play: the
vision, and to be able to get back to the other side of the field. The
play got called back, but it was a very aware play and he made a good
throw to get the ball out there. Chris did a real good job of getting
behind Gilmore on the touchdown and stacking him. That was not as hard of
a throw but it was a really good route. Chris put himself in position
there for that to be a big play. Rob with the matchup on Robey-Coleman,
again: a good route, a good throw, good execution on both ends there.
think we’ve hit more of those, certainly on a higher percentage than we
have at some other points. Hopefully, that will continue. We had some good
opportunities yesterday. I would say even overall here in the last two or
three games, we’ve had some opportunities where teams have played us
without really a deep field player, either one or two. A lot of times
they’ve played some quarters, some variation of blitz-type coverage,
things like that where there has been less defense in the deep part of the
field and that’s created some opportunities for the receivers and the
quarterback." Brady had turned his biggest weakness into another
asset so far this season. Pats-14. Bills-3. Over-Officiousness-2.
Bills lined up 1st and 10 at the 19, a little confused as to how five
straight flags could turn into a 53-yard TD pass by their old buddy Chris
Hogan, and how come they kept lining up inside the Twenty instead of at
the Twenty-Five like everyone else. They moseyed into a wacky
College-Shotgun again. The Pats matched up shockingly in a 3-4 again. They
just won't put extra DBs on the field. I guess they thought that Blanton,
Robey, and Aaron Williams are douchey enough. The Bills ran the ball to
Gillislee. Valentine hit him at the line. He crashed forward for a few.
and 6, Same-same, only the Pats now have a Rowe in the Box. They run up
the gut again. Gillislee waddled up to the line without much commitment,
and got driven back into the backfield by Branch, Valentine, and Chung.
and 4, the Bills finally lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats
matched up in a 3-3 Nickel. They just aren't doing any of their defensive
tendencies in this game. Taylor had time, but had no WRs talented enough
to get open. He finally started to take off. Then flicked the ball to
Gillislee in the Flat. Chung and Rowe take him down to force the punt.
and 10, the Pats lined up Empty. Brady barked. The O-line formed a nice
pocket. But Brady had to take off to the right. A rusher finally broke
free, and Brady had to fire it into the turf at White's feet. 2nd and 10,
the Pats lined up in a 2-Wide shotgun. White motioned into a 2-Wide Empty.
Brady tried to go deep to Gronk, but the pass was overthrown. 3rd ad 10,
the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun and Brady got sacked to force
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