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for Sunday: Part II.
You cannot talk about the Pats defense without talking about 3rd down
efficiency. The Pats are the third worst defense on 3rd Downs with a 46%
failure rate stopping Darth Trump. The only two teams who go to the Dark
Side worse on 3rd downs are Detroit and Washington. There is nothing good
about being on the same level with Detroit and Washington. That is like
being on the same level as Darth Trump when it comes to Racism and Sexism.
down conversions, on both side of the ball, is one of the most important
stats in football. But maybe not, Cleveland is the only team in the NFL
left without a win, and they are 21st in stopping 3rd down conversions.
While the bottom five teams have 10 wins, granted 3 of them are by the
Pats (which means the other 4 teams are averaging less than 2 wins). But
still. It just seems to go against football norms.
Pats just have to tackle better this week to get back on track. "I
think there are a lot of areas that we certainly want to do a better job
and improve in," Patricia said. "Obviously, what we're trying
do, and we'll look at all the film, but I think in regards to just the
fundamentals in general for us are where we start and try to improve each
week. There's always a big point of emphasis on that, and those are the
situations that we try to make sure we perform well in down after down and
have consistently good fundamentals. It's something we work on every day,
we work on each week, so we're going to try to improve. I think looking
ahead into Cleveland, it'll be another challenge for us with the run game,
the backs and the ball out in space,
Pryor. Tackling will be a big part of that and fundamentals will be
a part of that as far as this week also. " They have to play better
on defense on 3rd downs.
have to stop the Crowell first, with Cleveland playing a rookie QB again
"You're talking about one of the best backs in the league,"
Patricia said. "This guy is an explosive runner, he's got good
vision. He's got really good feet and balance. If you look at his burst
and his ability to get through the line of scrimmage with the power and
the acceleration that he hits the hole, it's very impressive. You see him
really kind of fit through some tight spaces very quickly. They do a great
job in the run game with both the scheme and the gap system as well as the
zone system to really be able to get the ball downhill in a very effective
and quick manner." They have to run to keep pressure off their QB.
you stop Crowell you stall their offense. "This is really a very good
back," Patricia said. "This guy has done a great job to really
complement this offense. He has tremendous speed, he can get to the edge
and break the big runs. They obviously have a very explosive running game,
one of the best run games in the league. His balance, his body control and
his vision have really played into allowing him to use his power in a very
effective manner, so just a very, very good running back. I think they
have a great complement with Duke Johnson, another extremely good running
back, very fast, very quick guy in the backfield. He has a great jump-cut
ability, fast movement, elusive type of player, so it's a good complement
with both backs." They have to tackle him better than they did
against Shady last week.
Browns have to dummy-down their offense to help their rookie QB. This
plays right into the Pats hands. Kessler has thrown for one TD the past
two and a half games or so. He was plugged into the lineup during their
second game. He has not turned the ball over much yet, and has only thrown
one INT. But as we saw with Brissett, a rookie QB only wins when
everything goes right in all three phases of the game. Otherwise, he is
not capable of leading a team to victory.
Defensive Explosion- The good news for Pats fans is that
everything has just changed for the Pats offense. The Browns coaches and
players have virtually no film of the Pats offense this season. With Brady
at the helm it is a completely different offense than it was under the two
young QBs. So what do they study? Tape of Garoppolo and last season? The
past two game tapes are completely useless at best.
of course, Brady has familiarity with a Ray Horton coordinated offense.
"Each week is pretty similar in terms of our process that we go
through," McDaniels said. "There are a lot of variables each
week that go into playing a game in the National Football League. You look
at your team, the health of your team, the guys that are going to be
available to you. You look at the team you're playing and evaluate their
players, their scheme, the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, our
side, their side, and then try to put together a game plan that gives you
the best chance for success on every snap that you play on Sunday."
That is something the Pats can do this week but Horton can't.
Brady and Josh have four full games to study, and they have played Ray
Horton defenses three of the past four years. "[As for] Tom, we've
done this a long time, and any input from a player is certainly
welcome," McDaniel said about his Binkie. "We have a lot of guys
that study hard and prepare hard and usually when they speak, and they
have ideas and thoughts, they're well thought out and you certainly take
those into consideration because they're the ones out there playing. The
variables this week have changed a little bit, but the process will remain
the same. We're just trying to find the best formula for us to play this
game against this opponent against these players and coaches. I have a lot
of respect for this group, and like I said a couple times already, we need
to do a good job getting familiar with who we're playing this week because
it's definitely a team that we're not as familiar with. I think we're
going to spend a lot of time doing that and really trying to hone in on
the things that we feel like we have a chance to do well on Sunday."
Ray Horton is completely on his own, as the HC has made himself the OC as
well, which means he has no time to help coordinate the defense.
he has to prepare his defense off the experience of playing Brady three of
the past four years, with no tape of him this year. I know it doesn't
sound like much, but for these film junkies it is huge. They might run a
similar offense as they had in the first game and a half, but they will do
nothing similar to what they did with Brissett at QB. He has nothing to
really watch, and McDaniel will make sure that they do nothing similar to
what they did in the first two games.
the Pats have the prior knowledge, and the film of Horton's defense this
season. "Ray [Horton] is an excellent coach," McDaniel said.
"Their whole group does a great job. You're right; we've had a lot of
opportunities against Coach Horton's defense. Started in Arizona in 2012
and played him again in Cleveland in 2013 and Tennessee last year, so this
is a system that we're familiar with. It definitely has some elements of
the Pittsburgh deal in it.
disciplined. They're very rarely, if ever, out of position. They play
their technique and their leverage properly. They're going to make you
handle some pressure, some of which you've probably practiced, and a few
of which you probably have not. There's always a game plan element to it.
The safeties and the secondary have always been, at some point in the
game, pressure guys. So we're going to have to stay on our toes and look
for those kinds of things.
got size and big guys up front. They play a lot of guys on the edge.
They've got speed, they've got strength, they've got length, they've got
maybe guys that are not as long but are fast on the edge that they rush.
They play a lot of different rush guys out there so we're going to have to
do a good job with being familiar with their guys because they're
definitely not all the same. The two inside linebackers, Davis and Kirksy,
are as fast as we're going to see two guys in the inside. They make a lot
of tackles so you're never going to outrun them. They're good in coverage,
they're good blitzers, very athletic. Then their secondary has gotten
their hands on a lot of balls. This is a group that's playing in a good
system that gives you some problems. They take advantage of mistakes.
They've turned the ball over in the secondary multiple times this season.
They've gotten their hands on some balls up front with their pass rush
guys, and they're going to challenge you with some different schematic
things that you're going to have to have an answer for as the game goes
Coach Horton does a great job. They've got a good staff, they've got good
players, they've got a lot of guys that play extremely hard. That's one
thing that we're going to make sure that we understand. I'm not sure that
we're going to play a team that plays harder than this one. They do a
great job of running to the football. They've created some turnovers doing
that and we're going to need to match their effort and intensity on Sunday
and be alert for everything and get to know these guys. Like I said, we
don't know very many of these players very well. We're going to have to
make sure we're doing a good job of getting familiar with the people that
we're lining up against on Sunday afternoon." Their defense is giving
up almost a 120-yards rushing, and 260-yards passing a game.
can cry havoc all you want, but if Brady gets in a zone this defense
cannot stop him. "I think experience helps any player," McDaniel
said. "If they're injured or what have you, they come back, or if
they miss some time for whatever reason. But I also think there's an
acclimation period in the game of football that's hard to simulate unless
you're playing football. Like I said, we're going to do the best we can to
prepare and take every opportunity in practice and take advantage of all
the reps that we have in the periods that we can be out there working
together to just make sure that Tom is as capable on Sunday to do his
job." The only thing that can stop this offense this week is rust. I
don't think that hurts them this week.
Pats Win- The best bit of news in this game is that the Browns
cannot seem to defend a tight end this season. "Those guys are both
good blockers, so we're comfortable running behind them in really any
situation," BB said about Gronk and Bennett. "They're good at
the point of attack, they're good on double-team blocks, good at blocking
the force. That's always a tough position. I mean, it's a tough position
on a lot of levels but it's a tough position in terms of blocking because
there are times that they're blocking safeties, guys that are good run
players but quick and athletic and then there are times when they're
blocking linebackers and then there are times when they're blocking
defensive linemen, anywhere from the 260-270 pound defensive ends to
occasionally some of the bigger five-techniques that push closer to 300.
So there are a lot of different levels of power, athleticism, technique.
of those blocks are in-line blocks, some of them are space blocks.
Occasionally they have to pull and things like that. At times they're even
involved in perimeter plays like flip-screens and those type of things
where they're blocking in space against corners. So the variety and the
matchups that they have as blockers is pretty extensive. It's pretty
difficult really to be able to matchup against all of those and execute
them. But those two guys do a real good job of it. They're both long, have
good strength, good feet, and they're both smart players that know how to
use their leverage and understand where the play is going and how to use
the proper technique to block it." Ah, did anyone tell Cleveland that
the Pats have two of the best tight ends in the NFL on the roster?
if Gronk is still suffering from the Madden curse, their defense cannot
cover Bennett, any better than the Bills (5-catches for 109-yard).
"He's really done a nice job of doing what we ask him to do,"
McDaniel said. "Marty is an unselfish guy. He's been out there every
single day, practices hard. He's been a factor in the running game; he's
been a factor in pass protection. He's done good things when he's gotten
his opportunities in the pass game as a receiver. He's versatile. He plays
an awful lot of snaps. He's been durable. He's tough, and he's unselfish.
We're really happy with what he's done and look forward to kind of growing
with him as we go through the season, but really appreciate his attitude
and the contributions that he's made so far and look forward to trying to
improve and get better as we go through the season." Look for Bennett
to drop a Benjamin on the Browns defense again this week.
a rookie QB at the helm, they cannot win on offense. With the GOAT back at
QB they cannot win on defense. So as long as the Pats don't hand them the
game, and just play on average game on all three units, this is easy money
against the worst team in the NFL.
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