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    5 Observations: Broncos at Patriots
    By: Ryan Hannable

    5 observations from Sunday's win including a new-look Patriots offense, a poor coaching decision and how the offense should look in the coming weeks. ...

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    Not the finest piece of work.

    The defense is better, all else being equal, when the pass rush arrives than when it doesn't? This is a revelation??
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    On what, exactly, are you basing the notion that McDaniels is panicking?

    It's like you don't have any idea how much time these guys devote to building a gameplan. Sometimes that includes passing the ball. The very idea that Belichick would allow a coordinator to call plays that deviated from the gameplan out of panic is beyond absurd.
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    Uh, Dowling did play. I definitely saw him lined up almost as a third safety playing up
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    #95 Jersey

    Was about to post the same thing......
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    Dowling #21 was in on the 3rd play of the game. He played significant snaps at both CB and FS.
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    I'm starting to think holding is never going to get called on Jones. Since the Ravens game there were tons of times where he was so obviously held and no call. It's discouraging..
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    I think with 2 games complete with real refs the Patriots will likely send the film to the NFL this week to point it out. He is so long, fast and his arms are animal like it almost looks like 2 players rushing.
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    Thanks for the article.

    That being said, it's yet another bad opinion on the 4th and 5 play that's presented more as fact than opinion. First, you have to recognize that statistically, you're just wrong. Very good articles have been published that do statistical breakdowns of when to punt vs. when to go for it and all NFL teams punt way too often. As BB would say, it is what it is. That being said, the Patriots are "more right" than just about any NFL team. And, given the state of the Patriots defense during late game situations (porous would be kind), to suggest that willingly giving the opponents the ball instead of taking the 50-50 chance or so of keeping it is really bad thinking.
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    My 5 observations (at least ones I haven't seen yet). All of these are initial observations pending rewatching the game:

    1) Moore is a liability

    He just can't stay close enough to a receiver to make any plays. The Pats had a solid gameplan to force Manning to go downfield and/or outside the numbers. Given Manning's punt-like downfield throws, it is inexcusable to allow a receiver to get excessive separation. Don't have to be in his pocket the whole time, but if you can stay a step behind you will get a chance for a breakup. Moore just couldn't stay that close. Luckily Dennard did a much better job and got Moore off the field.

    For those asking about the strip of Thomas on the first drive, what would you say to someone who sets your house on fire but rushes inside to save your cat? You would say "arrest that guy officer" or at least "let go of my cat, you pyro!" I'm certainly not going to praise Moore for getting a strip after letting Thomas get 10 yards behind him. If Manning was even close to his old self, Thomas walks into the end zone and the game likely unfolds differently.

    2) McCourty is not a liability

    I'll need to see the PI call to see what went wrong, but McCourty did a fine job otherwise. The deep pass to Thomas was so underthrown that it is hard to get too upset with McCourty.

    Quick aside to the media...There is never a time when a QB throws a deep back-shoulder throw. So when a QB underthrows a deep sideline pass and the receiver makes a good adjustment to catch it, stop saying the QB intended it to be that way. Just stop it.

    3) 4th down decision was fine, play call was bad

    If you are going to go for it on 4th down to close out a game, the defense is going to send everyone up the middle at Brady. That isn't a guess or a feeling...it is an axiom. So to call a play that has Brady in the pocket looking downfield with no hot receiver is just criminal. The Pats were willing to accept a failure to convert, but they certainly didn't want either a sack or a fumble. In a game that featured outstanding play-calling and decision-making, this was not a highlight.

    4) Empty backfield with RB split wide outside the numbers

    People still seem to be confused why the Pats sometimes take their RB and split them wide outside the numbers...particularly with the Pats running the ball so well. It actually serves 2 purposes. It gives Brady a clear indicator of what the defense is doing based on who covers the RB (CB staying outside indicates a zone look and a LB/S following the RB wide indicates M2M). It also allows Brady to clearly identify mismatches. If Brady gets a favorable look with Gronk or Welker (and eventually Hernandez), he snaps the ball and looks there. If the defense seems to have a good coverage look, Brady can shift the RB to the backfield and strike to a run. Just because the Pats shift someone like Bolden out wide, it doesn't mean they think he is a real threat in that configuration.

    5) Vereen on the goal line

    It seemed a little odd that Vereen didn't get many looks between the 20's (where he can operate in space) but got the call in some red zone situations. I'm sure there is a method to the madness. It is possible that against certain teams, Vereen is more of a matchup issue than any of the other RBs. One thing is clear though. Belichick definitely still sees a significant role for Vereen. As much as he values red zone work, you don't put a player out there just for giggles.
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