Things For Sunday.
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I Have No Idea What's Going On-
I have no idea what is going on in this game. It seems like months ago
since the Pats wiped out Houston. Then boom! The claps went down on the
media. We don't know who is going to be quarterbacking the Pats on Sunday.
Now, those of us who follow the team closely know who is likely to QB the
team, but I'm afraid to say. I have a grassy knoll behind my house, and I
swear to god I thought I saw BB back there with a riffle.
most importantly the Ryans have no idea who is going to QB this team. "Jacoby
did a good job," Jimmy-G said. "It was really an all-around team win. I mean, everybody participated:
special teams, defense, offense. That's what we needed to do." Help the
mean, for all we know Roger Trump is going to give Brady a one-day
vacation from his suspension because of the injuries at QB. I mean, Why
not? Roger Trump and Duh-Duh-Duh-Dumb never let realty get in the way of
their opinions. They make up the most ridiculous crap, and then thoroughly
believe it. So why not? Hey Rexy, you better be ready for Brady.
the point is that the Ryans are game plan Defensive Coordinators, who have
a particular knack for stopping what the Pats like to do on offense. Only
now, they have no idea what is going on. They cannot say with 100%
certainty that Jimmy-G is going to be the QB. So they have to prepare for
the rookie as well.
hurts them. "They are going to have game plan specific things for who
the quarterback is and we understand that and we'll be prepared,"
Sexy said. "It may take a little more time than it normally would,
but I'd rather do that than face Tom Brady. So I'm OK with that."
Because the offense they ran with Jimmy-G at QB has almost nothing to do
with the offense that Jacoby led, except the names on the backs of shirts.
Pats had the best run game in the NFL in the month of September.
"Just a big, mean, physical back," Sexy said about Blount.
"That's how he runs, that's how he's always run." But will they
continue to use that this week against the Bills big D-line?
The Bills have the players and defensive coaches, but they don't know who
or what they are preparing for. "He's
a really disruptive player," BB said about the NT Kyle Williams.
"He's very instinctive. He has a great feel for anticipation of
plays, whether that's tendencies or reading linemen's stances. I'm not
sure how he does all of it but he does it very effectively. He has got
very good quickness.
has a tremendous motor. He never gives up on a play. He makes a lot of
plays on second effort where he comes off of a block and hits the
quarterback or makes the tackles or that type of thing. He also makes a
lot of plays on his quickness. He has got good playing strength. He's
explosive in a short area. He can knock blockers back. If they come off
too hard on him then he's quick enough to jump around them and make them
miss and end up in the backfield. But again, he's a very instinctive guy.
He always seems to do the right thing at the right time and it's not
always the same thing but it always seems to be the right thing.
Hughes outside, Williams inside; those two guys are really disruptive on
their defense. They make a lot of plays or they force plays to be bad
plays and somebody else makes them. Obviously, they have a lot of speed at
linebacker with Zach Brown. Preston Brown makes a lot of tackles so those
guys are very productive players, too. But those two guys up front are
particularly a problem." But if they don't run, it comes down
to Hughes in the rush.
Jacoby is at QB they will try to run for 200-yards. "I've played
against them a number of years, you see the same things that you saw a
decade ago," Kyle Williams said. "Physical offensive line that
plays hard and doesn't make mistakes. A running back that hits things
downhill, a tough runner. So it's going to be a great test for us. There's
no doubt about it. Coach Scarnecchia always does a great job with his
O-line and they don't beat themselves. So just be on top of our jobs and
be ready a physical football game on Sunday." But they also lost two
of their starting D-linemen from last year: Darius and Mario Williams.
if Jimmy-G is at QB they could run four times in the 1st Half. "Yeah,
it's definitely an evaluation, absolutely, no question," BB said
about the Jimmy-G/Jacoby quandary. "It's different than preseason.
It's different than another game situation where the game is declared one
way or the other. It's totally different. That's what all players play
for. They play for the opportunity. When they get it they control how they
perform with it." The Bills defense cannot be prepared for what they
are going to face on Sunday, and I think that is awesome.
Ryans defenses seems to always play well against the Pats. "I don't
think they're more multiple than they were last year but they're more
multiple than other teams we play," BB said about the Bills defense.
"But I think relative to Buffalo, they're Buffalo. They give you a
lot of looks. That's what they do. They mix coverages, they mix fronts,
they mix pressures, they mix coverages. So, you've got to be ready for a
lot of different things that they do and different personnel groups that
they do it out of. They had kind of a new personnel group last week on
third-down. We've seen them use wide receivers on defense and so forth.
So, they use their personnel and they use them effectively." But not
put the clamps down, and no info has leaked-out all week. We got nothing.
And we all know he did that purposely to shut down the Ryans defensive
game planning. They had to prepare for two completely separate offenses: a
slick and sophisticated passing offense, and the other a college
in the Pats Cave, the players just don't give a crap. "Just get
open," Bennett said about the great QB mystery. "They'll get it
to you. They're here for a reason." The rookie isn't overwhelmed.
"You know we're not talking about injuries," Jacoby said, and
then enlightened us. "That's Coach's decision. I can't make that
decision." Like he doesn't care if he plays or even dresses for the
of course Jimmy-G is pissed off about all the controversy. "Yeah! I
mean, it's coming along," he said. "You know, I'm just taking it
day by day right now. Trying to get to my best of ability on Sunday."
It’s like trying to pick a lock, and then finding out it has been
replaced by a key card. There are just no similarities.
Josh could run Blount 25 times again in this game. "LeGarrette has a
lot of skill as we know," BB said. "I mean, he's a big back that
has very good quickness, and feet, and balance and speed for that size.
So, we just kind of always feel like if we can just get a hole, get him
started, get him going that he has a lot of ability to make yards on his
own. If we can just get him going, get him downhill, and get him some
space to run. He has done a good job with it. He has broken tackles. He
has run through some arm tackles and things like that. He has gotten some
good, tough yards for us. Hopefully we continue to do that. Hopefully we
can continue to get him the ball with some momentum, some space, and give
him an opportunity to do some things on his own and not have to deal with
four or five guys there at the line of scrimmage but try to get him going.
He has worked hard, he's in good condition, he has done a good job of
gaining yards in the fourth quarter and at the end of the game. He hasn't
gotten worn down in those situations so that's all been very positive and
we needed it." Or he gets 4 touches in the 1st Half.
do the Bills prepare for that? Because it looks like the Pats defense can
shoot a shutout on their discombobulated offense. Though Tyrod Taylor has
been a Patriots killer. They can't give up over 20-points and expect to
win the game. Their defense has to stop a bipolar Pats offense that they
are not sure anything about. This could get ugly real fast.
Jacoby Brissett- BOOM! The Pats suddenly have three viable options
at QB, where almost half the teams in the NFL don't have one. "I
think he handled himself great last week, this week, all week, every
day," BB said. "He's done nothing but come in here and work as
hard as he possibly can. When we had three quarterbacks, to take his
opportunities and learn from the other two guys, when it was him and
Jimmy, and then this week it was pretty much all him. He's just a hard
working kid that is really dedicated to doing what's right for the team
and trying to improve on anything that you tell him. He just wants to do
what the coach tells him to do. I'm glad we have him. Yeah, I was just
holding the ball for him. That's his ball. That's his first touchdown
ball, so that'll go up on his trophy [case]." It was really one of
the best performances I've seen a QB rookie have.
and Jimmy-G are two chips that are going to pay dividends for the Patriots
for years to come. "I think Jacoby and Jimmy this year have both
shown that they can do a lot of things well," BB said. "There
are certainly a lot of things they can improve on, but you know, they've
had plenty of opportunities in a lot of different situations. They've made
a lot of good plays; not perfect. And again, there are a lot of things
that they can still work on and get better and they will because those
guys work hard. Jacoby worked so hard to improve on some of the things
from the Miami game, so I give them a lot of credit for that." It is
is a rookie QB, so what he is now is nothing like what he will be in two
or three years. "It's just a part of the job," Jacoby said.
"I mean, you just got to go put your head down, go to work. You know
you're fortunate enough to be a part of a team where you get help on
special teams and defense where you go in with three days and you feel
like you've practiced all year for this game. And that's what we did. We
came out with our plan and executed our plan." He could be as good a
thrower as Garoppolo in two or three years.
could be bad as well. "No, you know we're part of a great
organization, great team," Jacoby said. "A lot of the veteran
players helped out and stepped up and helped me a lot. Just giving me
confidence, the coaching staff gave me confidence and just everything went
from there." However, one of the reasons they picked him up is that
he got the enthusiastic check mark in football character from Parcells and
was as good as Jimmy-G was in the first two games, over the past two games
(which is odd math because they played three games). "He played very
well," Bennett said. "We have confidence in all of our
Quarterbacks and in the way we prepare and the coaches do a great job
preparing these guys. You know, every day Jacoby comes to work just like
he's a starter and he just prepares and he plays. Whatever his
responsibility is that week, he goes out there and does it to the best of
his ability. We're never really worried about that. We all just try to do
our job to make his job easier." However, there is a different scale
for a rookie than there is for a three-year veteran.
was as calm as
the eye of a hurricane when so many veterans, not just rookie QBs,
have faltered in the wind of the NFL hurricane. "Look, we coach the
way that we coach. We have coaching points on everything and players
usually try to follow the instruction that we give them. These guys are
really good at that," BB said. "They have the parameters. They
know what they've been instructed to do and in the end they do what's best
for the team. They have to make those decisions; when to throw it, when to
run it, when to go out of bounds, when to stay inbounds, when to cut
block, when to stay up. They have parameters, they have guidelines, and
then they have to make decisions to help the team win and that's what we
count on them to do. That's why we win, because players make good
decisions, players play well." But to make all those decision at the
speed of the NFL has caused many a great college QB to disappear.
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