I can think of no more appropriate day than this
one, on which to resurrect this Thread.
On The Brink
I think we are on the verge of something special
In fact, I believe that our Defense's stunning
domination of the high-powered Planet Hoosten
Offense on Monday Night will prove to be only the beginning
~ a glorious Harbinger of Great Things Yet To Come.
I believe that the vast majority of my Fellow Fans ~ respectfully submitted, and with the obvious exception of Brother Mayo ~ have no idea
what is about to transpire with our Secondary...and our Defense.
Of course, that statement might appear hideously
But I presume nothing
It is merely a Prediction.
The Quickening ~ An Harbinger of Great Things Yet To Come
The Impact of Confidence ~ and Monday's astonishing Rout can only infuse an Ocean
of Confidence into our Defender's veins ~ can be colossal.
...especially if it's supported by months of relentless Work and a great deal of Talent.
These are the very same guys ~ except for Aqib Talib
replacing Ras I Dowling
, of course ~ that were flailing around madly, the first 6 weeks of the season...
Yet with the flat out brilliant
structural Reconfiguration of Responsibilities & Roles, since then...and several weeks, now, to acclimate themselves to the Roles and to playing with each other within
those roles...things have really started to click.
And when things start to click ~ when Instinct takes over ~ phenomenal
things can start to happen.
Indeed, I believe that they have already begun.
Consider, if you will:
8 Weeks Ago
1 ~ Devin McCourty
~ Mired in inconsistency. A talented Player, but at the wrong Position.
2 ~ Kyle Arrington
~ Last year's Great Story was this year's Epic Disaster.
3 ~ Steve Gregory
~ A smart Player, but toiling through occasionally hideous Growing Pains.
4 ~ Pat Chung
~ Not allowed to travel outside FoxBoro without an Armed Escort.
The Reconfiguration of Roles & Other Changes
1 ~ Alfonzo Dennard
~ the 2nd Round Talent we stole in the 7th explodes
onto the scene.
2 ~ Devin McCourty
~ this allows Mad Bill's Master Stroke:
Move McCourty to Free Safety. This instantly improves four
~ Dennard's a better Corner than McCourty, but ~ far more importantly ~ McCourty has the potential to be an outstanding
Free Safety, and we've all watched'm rapidly grow into the position, since Week 6.
~ This in turn allows us to boot Chung to the bench, and allow the wily but only marginally talented Steve Gregory
to focus on more of an hybrid "Strong Safety/2nd Free Safety" role, which is far better suited to'is skillset than the pure Cover 2 Role that he previously sucked at.
~ And all those changes ~ The Ripple Effect
that I wrote about ~ in turn freed up Brandon Spikes
and the other MidFielders
to play to their strengths: Spikes averaged a measly 4.33
Tackles per Game through Week #6
, but has exploded for 7.86
Tackles per Game, since then...but his Impact since The McCourty Move
has been far
more intimidating than mere Tackles
~ To top it all off, The Aqib Talib Trade
allowed us to boot Kyle Arrington
down to Slot Corner...and Arrington has caught fire
since that move, tearing up the field, making Plays, and holding his Targets to an astonishing 5 for 19
over the last 4 weeks!!
~ Talib himself has worked through the expected Growing Pains, but he, too, has improved by leaps and bounds, and his exquisitely
tenacious coverage of Andre Johnson
, Monday Night, was an essential part of the phenomenal
Night our Defense put out there, as this much-maligned Defense demoted Planet Hoosten from the #2
Offense to the #4
Offense in a single Night!!
Our Secondary ~ Present Day!!
1 ~ Aqib Talib
~ Rapidly becoming our best CornerBack since Ty Law
. Say no more.
2 ~ Alfonzo Dennard
~ Rapidly becoming our best #2 Corner since...Well, you tell me
3 ~ Kyle Arrington
~ Already a phenomenal
4 ~ Devin McCourty
to play Free Safety. We could really have something special,
5 ~ Steve Gregory
~ No superstar, by any means, but a smart, scrappy, and athletic Safety who has Flipped The Switch and transformed from a scary Weakness to a definite Strength
, over the last few weeks.
What I See Through The Looking Glass
There's no denying it: What was a nightmarish weakness, a mere 8 weeks ago, has evolved ~ precisely as foretold, Brothers!!
~ into a decided Strength.
But what really
fills me with a sense of anticipatory awe...is that these guys have only just begun
to realize how good they can be.
I'm not being funny
, Gents: I believe that Monday Night will prove to be an eye opener for every one
of the guys on this Defense on a dramatic
scale: Only now, I think, do they realize how very, very Good
they can be.
I mean: They shut Planet Hoosten down.
I presume nothing,
Ladies & Laddies...But I believe that ~ come MidNight ~ the Defense that most people will be talking about won't be San Fransisco's...
It'll be ours.
A Few Fresh Predictions!!
1 ~ The Patriots
~ not the Miners
~ will bring the Dominant Defense, tonight.
2 ~ Brandon Spikes
~ with only 5 Tackles, ere the last 2 weeks ~ will pile up 10
, tonight...or will in any case wield a comparably dominant effect on the outcome of this Game.
~ The Patriots Defense will hold the Miners to 13
~ It will be cool.