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So the Pats had the asses handed to them in a road game against a Division
opponent in Miami. So what. "It doesn't really matter," BB said.
"Right now we have one game that we have to win the next game. We
don't even know who it's against yet, and all of our attention, focus and
energy will be on that. You can analyze any of the other games any way you
want or any part of them or however you want to slice up the season, but
none of it really matters. The only thing that's going to matter is what
happens a week from Saturday." As we all knew going into the game,
they were really playing to try and set up a win in two weeks not this
Regular season is over. "We really try to look ahead rather than [at
our behinds]," BB said. "I know you and others like to make a
lot of comparisons about one thing to another thing. Honestly I don't
really care about that. We try to look ahead, see what we have in the
future and do the best we can with that rather than sit back and try to
make comparisons between other years, other teams, other games, some other
situation. None of which really matter. It isn't really important how one
year relates to another year or some other game or some other season from
way back when. What difference does it make?" So everything from that
game is irrelevant.
only thing that matters is in two weeks when the Pats play in the
Divisional Round. "That's something we'll be talking about over the
next day or so," BB said. "We're going to try to take advantage
of the time we have and use it as productively as possible as it relates
to us and as it relates to who the potential opponents are. We played
Houston recently. We haven't played Kansas City and Cincinnati this year,
so certainly there will be members of our staff working on those teams
just to have information so if we get to them it will all be done. We'll
have to decide how much time we want to allocate to any particular
opponent, but also just things we need to do regardless of who we play.
There is certainly plenty of that." I would have liked to seen them
attempt to win this game a little, but they clearly saw this as: a
practice game for the Playoffs, a de-ruster, and rest for the injured.
there is no need to panic. The Pats didn't exactly unleash the playbook
the past few weeks. They ran some trickeration plays a couple weeks ago in
the swamps of Jersey, but last week they showed nothing, scheme wise, that
the defensive coaches for our upcoming opponents could learn anything
from. They could not have gone more vanilla in the first half. They
clearly were only trying to work the clock down at sonic speed, and play
tough against a tough front. Like it was practice or something.
didn't throw the ball in the first half until late. They had some screens,
which is really more of a run play, and some shovel passes to Bolden,
which is definitely a run play. Brady threw once down field. Besides that,
in the 1st half Brady didn't throw the ball. Plus, they were running well.
Well, maybe not great, but better than they had been the past few games.
"Well I'd say overall in all three phases of the game it was not a
marvelous, consistent performance," BB said. "We had our moments
where we did things fairly well and there were other times where we
didn't. Miami has a very good defensive front, kind of like last week with
the Jets. That's not an easy thing against a good defensive front like
that. There were times where I felt we punched out some solid plays and
there were other times where we didn't, but we weren't very consistent in
any phase of the game. I mean we were pretty consistent in the kicking
game other than the last punt, but otherwise we just were not as
consistent as we need to be. It wasn't any one particular thing, just a
combination of things like it usually is. That's probably the best way I
can describe it." If they had been really running their offense Brady
would have been killing the Dolphins with play action.
clearly made the decision that it was more important to get healthy than
win the 1st place Bye. Fine. So maybe we have to go into Denver and beat
them, maybe we don't. That is irrelevant now as well. The only thing that
matters is that we are going to be facing the Bengals, KC, or Houston in
two weeks. Everything else that has happened the past couple of games was
predictable and in some ways expected (don't you love hindsight). We were
all a little surprised that they tanked the Dolphins games. But we all new
they had to decide which was more important to help the team get to the
Super Bowl: getting healthy, or getting the first place seeding. Can we
please stop pretending that they did anything other than what they thought
was best for the team to win the Super Bowl? That was the strategy (I knew
I shouldn't have turned on the radio or read a newspaper).
The Best News- Manning took over as the QB for the Broncos. I want
to go into Denver and beat that choking dog Manning in the snow. Are you
telling me that Denver beats the Pats in a winter game with Manning at QB?
I'm not buying it. I selling it for 2 cents, a stick of gum, and some HGH.
Remember HGH can repair the bones and muscle, but it can't fix the heart
(oh, was that cheapshot?).
I'm not saying I want to face Denver's defense. Beside our defense, I
would probable have to take Denver's this year if I was coaching, or for
my fantasy team (which I didn't do. I swear! Okay, I took the HGH).
Thinking about their defense in the Denver snow with their crowd roaring
is daunting. But we did chew them up in Denver this year, until the refs
fixed the game (That's right. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it. I
have no knowledge of HGH or refs betting on games).
I'm the first to say that the Pats have been cursed in Denver. I believe
in luck. But Manning has been cursed by the Pats. Plus, Manning is a Dome
QB, and always has been (get it, "has been"). He sucks in the
cold. He sucks in the snow. He sucks in the freezing rain. And most
importantly of all, he sucks in the Playoffs. I was listening to a radio
show and they were discussing the chocking dog whose need for HGH we're
not allowed to discuss, as mandated by the all-inclusive League (you have
to say that with a deep Darth Vader voice). And they went on to talk about
how many one-and-dones he's had in the Playoffs, like 8 or 9 (they
couldn't remember the number, and I sure as hell can't).
are we ah-sacred of Denver with Manning at QB? No. If he has been to the
playoff 12 times (I choose that number for math reasons)? That means he
has been one-and-done 9 (yes I looked it up) out of 12 times. That means
that according to his choking track record Denver has a 75% chance of
losing in the Divisional Round. Which gives the Pats the Champ game in
however went to Arizona State, but he is not an Arizona guy. He is from
Montana. Where I can guarantee you he had to win games in the snow to get
a full-boat to Arizona State. Plus, he has sucked against bad teams, and
beat all the Playoff teams he has faced with incredible stats in the 4th
quarter and Overtimes (I should look that up as well. Ah screw it. Google
Plus…- The Pats were still depleted. They will have Edelman,
Hightower, Vollmer, and their defensive MVP Chandler Jones in two weeks.
They will have their young O-linemen healthy. They might even put Andrews
back in at Center, where Stork has been struggling. He was not good
there another team in the Playoffs that has better and more critical
talent returning to their team for a Playoff game? No.
Pats cannot win with the offense they brought into the swamps of Jersey
and the heat of Miami. But the offense played better with Vollmer in at
OLT than when he was out. And most importantly, it is a very different
offense when Edelman is on the field. In a lot of ways Edelman is the
Number One Receiver. Yes, Gronk garners most of the attention from
defenses. So he has to be called Number One. But more often than not on
3rd downs, Brady is looking for Edelman. When the offense is in trouble,
Brady is more often than not looking for Edelman. That is a big piece of
the pie to be missing.
Edelman, Gronk, LaFell, and Amendola are on the field together, it is the
best offense in the NFL. Granted, I think it is obvious they still miss
Solder. But they have been able to make it work with Vollmer at OLT and
Cannon at ORT. What we saw the last three weeks is not what we will see in
two weeks. The only question is how long is it going to take until the
offense gets their engine started. Will it take one quarter, or two
quarters, or three.
almost took to long against the Ravens last year. Remember, whoever comes
into Foxboro next week is going to be flying high and full of confidence.
They will have just gotten their biggest win of the season on Wildcard
Weekend at home. Because of the second seed the Pats face the team with
the best record to win on Wildcard Weekend. It is highly improbably that
both home teams lose. It seems a home team loses every year, but I can't
remember the last time both home teams lost.
means the Bengals or KC. The team that scares me right now is the wildcard
team that no one really knows about, and that is KC. They have won ten
straight games and looked like the best team in the AFC in the second half
of the season. They have to go into Houston and beat a team that is almost
as hot as they are. If they win that game it will be trouble for who ever
they face in two weeks. You might wanna
root for the Bengals this week. Although, it would be fun to watch Pittsburgh
go into Denver in two weeks.
The NFL gives each team the film from the previous three games. The Pats
have not run their regular offense over the past three games. When the
Pats face the Bengals, Houston, or Kansas City in two weeks their coaches
will have nothing to look at. They ran the friggin' Wildcat for Christ
sakes. They ran two shovel passes. They have not done that before and will
not run those plays in the Playoffs, but teams are going to have to
prepare for them.
anybody really think they wanted to run on every single play in the first
half to win the game. They wanted to end the season. Brady threw past the
LOS once in the 1st Half. Do you really think Josh said this is how we win
the game? No! The other passes where screens and shovel passes (I had to
look that one up as well. I thought it was a shuffle pass). The
preparation for Divisional Weekend started in this game. It is not
dummied down the offense and the defense. It is much more obvious
on offense. But, did you see Collins blitz up the middle once in the Miami
game? No. "Same thing we just talked about," BB said.
"Things that we need to work on regardless of who we play and things
that we need to [work on] that may be specific to a particular opponent.
And we may want to get into that a little bit or we may not. That's just
something we'll have to think about." Although I do think I saw
Hightower blitz up the middle once, which would have been
cannot dummy the offense down more than what they did in the 1st Half. And
pay attention now, they did the same thing with the defense. They sent
three or four rushers, who simply went straight up field with their arms
extended on almost every rush, like they were playing the run or
something. It wasn't a mistake. They gave the OC of whoever we will face
in two weeks nothing (I know nothing)! It was all game preparation
schemed to help them win in two weeks and not in the regular season.
mean, does anybody out there play chess? Poker? Statego? BB was clearly
looking three moves ahead. They set the strategy to try and get the best
team possible for the Divisional Round. They deemed that to be their
the first half was ending the regular season. Then they got Brady some
practice against a hostile defense throwing the ball. That was it. They
did what was in the best interest of the team in the Playoffs. The only
thing that mattered coming into this game was the Divisional Round in two
weeks and how to get to the playoffs in the best shape to win. When they
kept running on 3rd and long in the first half, don't you think it was
kind of obvious that they felt their best chance to win it all was to get
game, and really the past three games, were all about moving into the
Playoffs in the best way possible. "Then we'll talk about what we
feel is the best way to use our time," BB said. "Most productive
way to use it as a staff and as our team, whether it be individual players
or different units, but how to get the most out of the time that we have
available. So that will be a discussion going forward." They moved
forward as best they could in two difficult Division games on the road.
what were you expecting? "We just have to play well in two weeks from
now," TB12 said. "That's all that really matters. It's going to
be one game and we have to play well and that is what our whole season
will come down to. Nothing over the last six week is going to matter.
Nothing over the last 16 weeks is going to matter. What's going to matter
is how well we play in two weeks, that's what is going to matter, so we
have to try to play as well as we can." I didn't even bother to
record the game for the first time in years, because none of it matters on
left that game filmless. Whatever team wins next week and has to come to
Foxboro, their coaches are going to look at the film from the past few
games and say, "what the hell is this?" Once I saw that Jones
wasn't playing it seemed a pretty good sign that they were sacrificing
this game to the football gods.
faux outrage at this game is either contrived or ignorance. "We have
to play well going forward," TB12 said. "So I think we are at
where we are at based on a lot of things. And we have to play well going
forward if we want to make anything of our season." I love how he
ended that statement. Win it all, or the season was a waste. That is why
he is the GOAT.
point of the first half was to work on the running game for the Playoffs,
and cut the game in half. "I think we always want to be balanced with
what we do," TB12 said. "Sometimes it gets out of proportion,
pass-wise to run-wise and vice versa. We're going to have to do both of
those things well in a couple weeks regardless of who we play. We are
going to have to run it well and throw it well. We know everyone's going
to have to contribute and take advantage of opportunities when we get
them." The point of the second half was to try and get Brady a little
sharper for the playoffs.
I would have liked to have seen Garoppolo start the 4th quarter. But when
you have a diva quarterback, sometimes you have to appease him. Brady
obvious felt the proverbial rust creeping up his elbow and said, "No,
I want to play the game." So he played and threw more than they
intended in the second half. Granted, I'm sure their competitive spirits
got the best of them a little in the second half. But that is why we love
this team, and not hate them.
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