Welcome to PatsFans.com

A few post game thoughts...

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by The Dynasty, Jan 17, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. The Dynasty

    The Dynasty In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,294
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    - The benching of Wes Welker for the first series had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. To me it made no sense as to why he went out to return the punt, and then was benched for the following series, but him not being out there had no affect on the outcome of the game. In fact the Patriots moved the ball quite well getting to around the Jets 25 yard line before Brady's INT. Also, the INT was a screen play Welker being out there would not have affected that either. It was just a terrible throw by Brady.

    - The play calling which had been a strength all season long, was terrible yesterday. In the first half the Patriots were way too pass happy. All year long the Patriots were very good at balancing the run and the pass, running the ball just enough to set up play action. The Patriots did not do that at all yesterday, pretty much abandoning the run in the first half and not being in sync at all. Then in the second half being behind by two scores, the offense seemed to depend more on the run when they should have been pushing the tempo going hurry up. The Jets were pretty much daring the Patriots to run the ball, and the Pats fell into their trap. Ben Jarvis Green Ellis only had nine carries all game long, for the success he has had all year long he needed to get more than nine carries. Also, where were the quick slants? The Jets were playing man on the outside and a zone over the middle. I would have imagined a slant over the middle of about five yards would have been there. Perfect for Welker.

    - The fake punt was the turning point in the game. While it was learned today that Patrick Chung was the one who called for it and Belichick and the other coaches did not have anything to do with it, it was still a terrible decision. First of all, why is a second year player making a call like this? Secondly, I don't think he would have even got the first down if he caught the ball cleanly. And finally it just was not the time for the call. It was more of a desperation move, something you would have expected from the Jets. It came at the two minute mark in the first half. If the Patriots kick the ball the Jets would have got the ball around the 20 or 30 yard line. In all likelihood the Jets would have just sat on the ball and been happy going into the half up 7-3. The Patriots were getting the ball and with a score could have got the lead back. Instead the Patriots gambled and didn't get it and allowed the Jets an extra seven points and a double digit lead that put the Patriots in a position to lose going into the second half.

    - Tom Brady struggles against pressure up the middle. When the pressure comes from the outside Brady can step up in the pocket, something he is very good at. But, when the pressure comes from the middle Brady is forced to move to his right and left and this is an area that he struggles with. The Jets pressured Brady up the middle all night and Brady never really seemed comfortable dropping back to pass.

    - The onside kicks were definitely available. On both of them Patriot players had a chance at the ball. I like that sort of kick as opposed to the traditional kicking it straight into the ground hoping for a perfect bounce. Looking back on it maybe I would have kicked it deep with 1:51 left and 2 time outs. If you can force a three and out you get the ball back with around a minute and no time outs, but as shown in prior postseasons Tom Brady can lead comebacks.

    - The defense has been too dependent on the offense all year long. For the majority of the season the offense has given the defense a double digit lead, thus making playing defense a lot easier and being able to play a more relaxed style. The defense had never really played in a game from behind that they won, (besides the Ravens game). When the Patriots scored at the end of the third quarter making it a one score game, the defense was put in a position where they needed to step up and get a stop. They failed and gave up a 75 yard TD drive, making it a double digit game again. This defense was not good enough to win a championship, they were good, but not good enough.

    - Give credit to the Jets. They had an outstanding game plan and executed it perfectly. They deserved to win the game.
     
  2. MadBacker

    MadBacker Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2011
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    They were scared of Welker being hit in the mouth, so they hid him
     
  3. Keyser Söze

    Keyser Söze In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,319
    Likes Received:
    19
    Ratings:
    +33 / 7 / -16

    #87 Jersey

    Get a life loser...BANNED in 3..2....1
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>