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Killing: Part I.
Pats D forced a three and out to start the game. Is it too early to call
Brady comes out on the field, and BB was positively giddy. "Our
expectation was to come out here [and] perform as a team and win," BB
said. "I'm talking about the whole team. That includes everybody.
What else would we come out here for? I think Tom works hard. He's always
worked hard. I don't think there's any question about that. I think
there's a lot of things he needs to work on. There are a lot of things we
all need to work on as a football team. There are things we need to
improve on. That's all of us: players, coaches, everybody."
is amazing the treatment he has received around the NFL, shameful. But
now? Our Brady's back and your gonna be in trouble. "I want to do the
best job I can for the city, for all of New England and for my team base
and my family," Brady said. "With all of these players, you put
a lot into it, and there's a lot that goes in. You have to make certain
choices in your life in order to play this game. You need a lot of support
from your family and friends to do that. I love running out in front of
70,000 people that are cheering for us. I love running out to 20,000 fans
that are cheering for us and 50,000 are against us. We're just going to
run out and play. If I have a chance to run out and play, I'm going to do
Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback, Brady three steps, and hit Edelman
in the flat. He shaked and baked for a First. "You play with a guy
for a long time and you build a friendship. You get excited for guys who
haven't been around for a while," Edelman said. Then continued.
"He knows the system. I mean, it's Tom Brady so you don't except
and 10, they stayed in the 3-Wide Singleback. Brady ran a play action, and
then showed why he is the best. He turned and fired the ball on a rope to
Gronk, while he was being hit. "Everyone was intense today,"
Gronk said. "Everyone was amped up. Tom always brings that to the
table. We were just excited to get out there and get back on track and get
had pulled over to the right. He went to hit the D-End Nassib, who was
left unblocked on the play action. Then he saw the safety Campbell blitzed
off the edge. He redirected to the Safety, with Blount. Both guys hit the
safety, and left Nassib to hit Brady in the gut as he threw, and he
knocked him off his feet.
and 10 at midfield, the Pats lined up in a Strong formation. Blount ran a
Dive right up the middle. Andrews left Shelton unblocked to go and get a
LB, and Develin crashed into him with a beautiful block. Blount shifted
masterfully behind the block and was at the LOS in a flash. Then a quick
shimmy and a great cut outside between Fleming and Andrews, and he slashed
past Edelman for the First.
has really saved the Pats bacon more than once this season. "Cam
has done a good job for us and he's one of our most dependable
players," BB said. "He's very smart and he works extremely hard.
For his size he works very hard on his conditioning and he really doesn't
get tired, or at least it doesn't seem like he does. He's right at the top
of his group in sprints and works hard in the weight room, both on
strength and flexibility and does a lot of extra things to try to continue
to improve." Stepping in and starting for Solder at OLT to start the
season was huge for this team.
Sunday he quietly swung to the other side. "I think he's quiet, but
he's probably one of the most respected players on the team because of his
work ethic and his toughness and his dependability," BB said.
"We've asked him to do a lot of different things, play multiple
positions, guard, both tackles, the jumbo tight end spot and he works very
hard to do all of those, and as I said his intelligence is excellent. He
has the capacity to handle a lot of things but he's a flexible guy and
nothing really seems to rattle him." He showed his great versatility
started for an injured Cannon, who was starting at ORT for an injured
Vollmer. "He's got a very even temperament," BB said. So whether
it's: to start, or come in, or change his role, or go from one side to the
other. Whatever it happens to be, he's been very dependable for us. He's
[saved our bacon] again. Yesterday was another solid, really solid, job
for Marcus at right tackle. And he's helped us out a lot.
" Fleming is the Swing Tackle that BB thought Cannon was going
and 10, the Pats motioned Gronk outside into a Bunched up Singleback. With
Bennett, Hogan, and Gronk in the Bunch. Brady swung the ball out to
Bennett on an H-back screen. He tried to get outside, but the safety
Campbell grabbed his foot and refused to let go.
and 8, and the Pats lined up in 4-Wide Singleback They ran a fake end
around to Hogan. Brady flipped the ball out to White with Shaq, Andrews,
and Thuney out in front of him. But the ball was thrown to low to catch.
and 8, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Browns brought six.
So White had to stay in to block. Which gave Brady time to survey the
field for a second, and then hit Gronk crossing under Edelman and
Amendola. Which trapped four defenders on the wrong side of the field.
skipped-to-my-lou over one DB, and made another miss. Then he was
stampeding over the 20. He straight-armed a defender to the ground. Then
danced ever so elegantly over another. "I love playing with
Gronk," Bennett said. "I'm very excited for him. It's pretty
dynamic with both of us out there today, and he played very well. I expect
him to continue to play like that. That's what Gronk is. That's what Gronk
does. That's why he's the Gronkinator." The Gronkinator got inside
the Ten, and powered over a mix of six players from both teams to announce
that the Madden Curse was finally over.
and Goal from the Two, the Pats lined up in an Goal line I-formation. They
just rammed their Blount force weapon into the defense with an off tackle
run. Blount follow Develin between Solder and Bennett. It looked to me
like Bennett hurt his ankle, as Sheldon rolled up on his ankle as he
tackled Blount. Plus, I saw him putting his shoe back on before the next
series like he just got his ankle taped.
and goal from the 1, the Pats stayed in the Goal line I. They run the same
play, but Gronk and Develin had the two outside guys walled off, and
Solder and Thuney had sealed the rest of the line inside. Blount read it
right, and popped it outside for an untouched touchdown. "That's how
you always want to start a game," Gronk said. "You want to start
the game with a touchdown to get ahead. It was a good start to our
offense, and that's how you get on a roll." Pats-7. Browns-Zip.
lined up in a Singleback to start their second drive. The Pats matched up
in their 4-3 with a 3-4 look. They had four down linemen on the line, and
both OLBs on the LOS as well. Kessler dropped. Sheard got a great inside
rush. The OLG had to come over and double him. He grabbed him from behind
with an obvious uncalled Hold. But Sheard was still able to flush Kessler
out of the pocket. Kessler had go to the outside. He hit Hawkins coming
back to help him out, for a First.
and 10, the Browns danced around the backfield for while and landed in an
Empty formation. The Pats stayed in their 3-4 looking 4-3. But they only
rushed three. Long dropped into coverage. Kessler was able to hit Barnidge
running behind Long. Ninkovich slammed over and took him down.
and 4, the Browns lined up in pure foolishness, with half the O-line
outside the Seam. I just lost all respect for the offensive coaching staff
on this college play. Kessler called them back, looking like a idiot.
Meanwhile the Pats were just milling about at the LOS, and refused to
pretend that they would snap the ball with two O-linemen in front of
Kessler. They end up in a Weak formation. The Pats finally matched up in
their 3-4 looking 4-3.
Pats strategy was clearly to dare the Browns to throw. They are lined up
to stop the run on every down so far. Collins and Long got up field to set
the edge, but Crowell was able to juke outside of them. Hightower got
outside, but took a bad angle. Crowell was just able to squeegee past him.
But Hightower was just able to reach out and grab his foot as he dived to
the ground. Crowell dived forward for a few. Then the refs called a Hold
on Malcolm Brown.
and 10, the Browns motioned quickly into a Strong formation. The Pats
stayed in their run first scheme. Kessler dropped. The Pats brought four.
Sheard had a good rush. He got up to Kessler's level but couldn't turn at
all. Brown had a nice rush. He bulled the OLG back and slapped Kessler on
the left shoulder a split second after he threw. Kessler got the ball to
Crowell. But the ball slashed through his hands, and bounced off his
they took Kessler out and put Pryor in a Winged Shotgun. Which is going to
be an option run 90% of the time. The Pats actually backed off a little,
and went into a 2-4 Nickel with a Chung in the box. They ran the Option.
Pryor handed the ball to Crowell on a dive, and he fell forward for a few.
Brown, Long, and Hightower took him down. Then they brought Kessler back
in. It all seemed so silly to me.
and 7, the Browns lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 2-4 Nickel with Ninkovich lined up outside of Long on the Blindside.
Ninkovich rushed and Long covered the RB out of the backfield. Sheard had
a nice rush. He got up to the QB, faked inside, then burst back outside
and scared Kessler. Kessler broke inside, and Sheard finally shed the ORT
and broke inside to hit Kessler as he threw. But he was able to hit
Crowell, who ran past Long over the middle. He was able to turn up field,
and curled inside for about 21.
and 10 at the 25, The Browns go I, and the Pats matched up in their stop
the run first formation. They ran Crowell. Hightower met the FB in the
hole, and won. Branch helped to bring Crowell down.
and 6, Browns lined up in 3-Wide Strong Shotgun. The Pats matched up in a
2-4 Nickel, with Collins sneaking up a little. Collins and Hightower faked
the blitz and drop. Sheard panicked
Kessler out of the pocket again. He beat Kessler to the corner and grabbed
his shoulder. Kessler was just able to throw the ball away before Sheard
could knock him down.
and 6, the Browns lined up in a 4-Wide Strong shotgun. The Pats matched up
in a 3-4 with Sheard in the Box. He kept creeping up to the line, and then
blitzed. The Pats brought six, which is remarkable against a 4-Wide
shotgun. They just have no respect at all for the rookie QB. Collins
dropped out of the rush. Hightower stayed locked on the RB, as he tried to
stop blocking and go into the flat (High was called for a Hold). So
Kessler had time as the O-line took care of the other four rushers.
Kessler hit Pryor, who beat Butler on a Comeback, for a 1st.
and 10 from the 11, the Browns in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats matched
up in a 3-3 nickel. The Pats rush four, and Cyrus Jones got toasted by
Hawkins for an easy TD. He beat Cyrus with an outside release that left
him in the dust. Then just broke outside completely free. Pats-7.
Pats came out Empty, which drew a penalty on the Browns somehow. Bennett
was back in. "You lay down for a second and feel sorry for
yourself," Bennett said. "But then you remember all of the
people who are counting on you and you just kind of find a way to suck it
up and go out there and play for those guys. I didn't want to let my
teammates down. A lot of stuff we worked on in practice [involved me
helping them]. So I had to figure out a way to get back out there and play
with my teammates." He was seen on the sideline tying up his sneaker.
So it was just a sprain.
Pats lined up Empty again on 1st and 5. Brady quickly hit Edelman going
over the middle. He scooted around like a maniac for a while, lost it.
Then dived back for the 1st. "We had a lot of fun," Edelman
said. "We tried to go out and get a good team win like we did against
a conference team on the road. It's a good win."
and 10, the Pat lined up in a Twins-Twins Singleback. They pounded Blount
up the gut for a few. 2nd and 7, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Singleback.
Brady threw it quickly to Edelman. He dropped it.
and 7, the Pats lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Edelman broke free over
the middle, and Brady hit him with a bullet for a First. "It was
awesome," Edelman said. "I played football here in Northeast
Ohio, and they're very passionate about their team. To see a lot of
Patriots' fans out here tells you something."
and 10, the Pats in a Goal line Singleback. They give it to Blount. He
tried to get outside, but got cut off at the pass. 2nd and 9, the Pats
lined up in a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady dropped slowly looking at Gronk
on the right. Then suddenly turned and hit White sneaking out of the
backfield on a screen. White caught the ball with Thuney, Andrews, and
Edelman blocking in front of him. He faked inside of Andrews and then
jumped backwards to make an LB miss. Then scooted outside of Andrews.
took out three defenders with a vicious chop-block/cut-Block that helped
the three Browns knock each other down. "Julian did a good job
[blocking], but our receivers have blocked well for us all year," BB
said. "They really compete in the running game and after the catch in
the passing game, whether it be stock blocks or crack blocks or just
second effort type plays. They've done a great job for us, all of them.
You can't say enough about them whether it be Mitchell on Brissett's
touchdown run against Houston, or Chris, Julian, Danny does a great job.
Slater's given us some snaps in there too doing those kinds of things, so
that group really competes hard in the running game. They give good effort
and they're tough. They do it consistently." That block allowed White
to get the 1st, and turn up field. He ran past two Browns until he was
slowed by a Safety after 36-yards.
and goal from the 9, the Pats lined up in a Singleback. They gave the ball
to Blount on a Dive, but he had to slow a little as it was clogged up
inside. He tried to cut to the right a little, and got chopped down.
and goal from the 7, the Pats lined up in an I. They ran play action.
Bennett did a great job blocking the blitzing Safety. Then he let him go,
as Blount was there to pick him up. Everyone is covered, while Bennett
snuck out into the Flat. Brady tossed it easy to Bennett. He caught it
easy, and jogged easily into the Endzone.
was too easy. "He's a great player," Gronk said about Bennett.
"Great dude and a great teammate to have out there. You learn a lot
from a guy who has about nine years in the league. We've been waiting for
this moment since we got together to both get out on the field both
healthy. It's great working with each other, and we just have to keep
improving every week and keep helping each other out." Pats-14.
Browns lined up in a Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 2-4 Nickel with
three DBs in the box. They ran Duke Johnson while faking the end around.
The Pats D looked confused, except Branch. He popped the ORG out of his
way, as the ORT grabbed him from behind. Then he ran right into the RB.
Collins swooped in after, and helped him out a little.
and 12, Pats stayed in the 2-4 Nickel, with a Chung in the box. Hightower
blitzed right up the gut. He dived into Kessler as he threw. The ball went
backwards, as Kessler landed like Garoppolo on his shoulder. The ball
bounced out of bounds in the endzone for a safety, as Kessler's right
shoulder folded like an accordion on the turf. Pats-16.
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