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Don Banks is predicting Brady will miss 1-3 games at some point this season

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  1. Rob0729

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    From his column of ten predictions:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/don_banks/09/04/crystal.ball/index.html

    I'm sorry, but I must be missing something. How does this o-line go from being arguably the best pass blocking o-line last year other than the Super Bowl to swiss cheese because they don't have one of their starters back from last season (at least for the first six games)?

    I know the o-line looked like crap this preseason, but they played most of the preseason without Matt Light and his return in the last game did actually help to stablize the o-line quite a bit. This isn't the worst o-line the Pats have fielded to protect Brady in his career and he hasn't gone down. Why now?

    I don't believe that teams "sending the house" to blitz Brady is going to make a difference because Brady was the most blitzed QB in the league last year. Few teams in the NFL have the front seven that the Giants had last year to disrupt the line like they did.

    In fact, I hope teams blitz a lot because Brady has destroyed defenses who blitzed him far more than they have gotten to him. If you blitz Brady and fail to get to him, you are not going to win the game because Brady will put 30 plus points on you. Banks seems to be forgetting that Brady has one of the best pocket prescense in the history of the NFL and can step up to avoid the blitz even if the o-line cannot contain the edge rush.
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  2. Rob0729

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    Also, he predicts Law will be back in a Patriots uniform:

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    WE ARE DOOMED...SO SAY THE EXPERTS. :rolleyes:
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    Misleading thread title - makes it seem like Banks has information on Brady's injury. Otherwise, these guys have to poop out a certain number of columns - don't take what they write so seriously.
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    Dude, they're called predictions. They may or may not happen.
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    I did say at some point this season to try to qualify it, but he is predicting that Brady will miss games this year.

    I don't take anything any columnist write too seriously because most of them don't know much more than people on this board. In some cases, they know a lot less. But if he writes it, there is no reason why you can't debate it.

    Funny though, I still think that Manning's starting record is in more doubt than Brady's. The guy has three new players playing the interior line. Tony Ugoh was very up and down last year playing great one game and lousy the next. Manning has historically had problems when teams are successful at rushing him up the middle. We also don't know how his knee will hold up after his surgery. Both he and Brady are warriors and it will take a lot to make either miss a game.

    I think with the Pats' o-line, the perception is the reality. People ignore what they did all last year and only focus how they played in the Super Bowl followed up by a lousy preseason where Light missed the first three games. If you look at the Colts' o-line this preseason, it has been almost as bad even before Saturday went down. People's last memory of that line wasn't as horrible performance though so people aren't talking about the concerns eventhough they only have one player on the o-line with more than one year of NFL experience.
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    I understand what predictions are. I never said he was guaranteeing anything. In fact, I used the word "predicting" in the title of this thread.

    He makes a prediction and explains his reasoning behind it. Is it against the law to dispute that reasoning? Sorry, I guess I missed that clause in the message board handbook.
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    Oh good lord, I hope not. Moss and Welker are on my fantasy team, and if Cassel were to be the QB throwing to them...:eek:
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    GO ahead and let those teams blitz Brady all day - If the offense can get the screen pass into play and succeed with it regularly then who needs Brady to throw long bombs?

    Case in point is in one of the rare better moments of offense in last years SB was the screen pass to Stallworth with the Giants sending a safety blitz- Donte got a clean alley to run thru with the OL actually blocking well that play and got 14 yards out of it

    I will take that kind of offensive production anyday over a risky bomb
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    Reporters :(

    What Mr. Banks fails to mention is that Josh McDaniels, and that hideous game plan, had as much to do with the Giants pass rush as the actual pass rush did. I suspect the coaches have learned from that. So, go ahead, blitz..the Pats will just kill you with the run and Mr. Welker.
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    You know....for an experienced sports writer, Banks has made a really wierd prediction here. I mean...how in the world can you predict that someone is going to get hurt. It is like predicting where lightning is going to strike, it just doesn't make a lot of sense.
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    I agree. This guy is really beginning to sound strange with both his writing and TV appearances. What really pisses me off is that Banks, Felger, Borges, et al, can make all of these outrageous predictions and when they fail to come to fruition, it's just let's move on to the next pile of crap we can throw against the wall and see what sticks. there is never a statement saying" I was wrong."
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    Ding ding ding....agree with the first part of your your statement.....McDaniels INABILITY to do anything to ADJUST to what the Gints D was doing was EQUALLY to blame with the piss POOR play of our OL (Who still deserve the biggest chunk of blame)

    Now as to the second part of your statement......what gives you ANY KIND of confidence that McDaniels has IMPROVED in his ability to make adjustments offensively? You can't go by ANYTHING from this horrid preseason......so unless you have some inside info....be prepared for more of the same.....from the end of last season......
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    McDaniels did fairly good halftime adjustments last year most notably the AFC Championship game. As for this preseason, he made some very good halftime adjustments in the third preseason game. Otherwise, his play calling has been attrocious this preseason because he didn't call a sing play where Brady touched the ball. That is how bad of an OC he is that he has a HOF QB and he doesn't give him the ball a single time during the preseason.

    I think this takes the cake in blantant McDaniels bashing. Bashing McDaniels for lack of adjustments in the preseason? Really?!? I guess if you knew absolutely nothing about football, that would be a strong argument.

    I hope McDaniels coaches exactly like he did for the entire season last year. He played a big roll in the Patriots having the most prolific offense in NFL history no matter what his detractors say. If people are going to trash him for lack adjustment made in the preseason, it just shows some of his detractors just bash him because they hate him not because they are looking at things rationally.

    You do realize that other than the third game, coordinators are focusing in on making adjustments. Many coaches approach preseason games trying to accomplish certain things and not trying to adjust their offensive or defensive strategies to actually beat their opponnent.

    Personally, I am preparing myself for more of the same from the first 18 games where McDaniels was pretty good to downright spectacular at times.
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    Brady has an injured foot, and its weird to predict that he will miss 1-3 games over the course of an NFL season? One bad hit to that foot, and he could miss some time.


    :rolleyes:
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    Peyton Mannings leg is a mess, one hit may end his career.
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    lol I don't think he misses any games unless you rest starters.

    I am starting to think the media is anti Patriots. ;):D
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    Yeah, that's everyone's big worry. What happens to our fantasy teams if Brady goes down :rolleyes:
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    Hate to say it but Brady is older, he has taken many hits because he stands in the pocket until the last millisecond ... and just simply because the law of averages says he has been extraordinary in how many games he has played and not been on an injury list. Belichick is no fool ... i bet there was more than 1 big fat guy he would have loved to grab in the 3rd round but he took O'Connell because he knows how much of a warrior Brady has been.
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    I know....thats why if a writer predicted that Manning might miss some time this season, I wouldent call him nuts. Calling this guy crazy for predicting Brady could miss 1 - 3 games (considering his foot injury) is crazy.
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    Don Banks is pulling that out of his a%$-come on! E#very QB has a chance of getting whacked. Tom's in good shape and will be healthy throughout the year to make it through the playoffs to win the SB in a hurry up offense we've never seen that will rack 50+ pts and make the Giants or Cowboys or whoever-blow chunks.

    I bet Don Banks also thinks that Shawn Merriman has a %50 chamce of blowing out his knee-what a stupid prediction
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    I predict that Don Banks will catch the flu this winter. Just a hunch.
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    The giants didn't "SEND THE HOUSE"!!!!, and certainly not on a regular basis....would this even work in college???....the Giants usually just overpowered our guys one on one straight up....or had them so fooled with the stunts that they only needed to bring one LB straight up the middle.

    Obviously you can't just sit back in coverage all day....you have to mix in your pressures to keep him guessing, but go ahead and "send the house" and see what happens....he's obviously WAY too good at reading and adjusting to pressures and has Wes to gash you short and, if the pressure misses because they're expecting it and it gets blocked, randy is there to KILL you deep....if you're a DC you're holding your heart in your hand every time you blitz this offense....and Don expects them to do it on like every down or something??

    And this year they add a hammering back to rip into your gut up the middle on a pass blitz....let's see all these speedy pass oriented secondaries deal with the likes of lamont jordan and david thomas this year, and a more productive 3rd receiver....but with 12 at the controls, you can't simply "send the house."

    That's not what new york did when they knocked him down 21 times, and that's why the O-line looked so great up until that game last year.

    Don deserves to be called out on this one....predicting he'll miss games?? Miss Cleo will be writing next. Go back and check out the o-line in 01-02 and 05....and that was BEFORE teams were forced to worry about being beat deep.

    It's shocking how ignorant football writers are....you don't see this as much in other sports, but for some reason NFL writers win the prize. Jaws gets hailed as some expert. Steve Young was calling the O-line the best he'd ever seen last year....where is he now???

    The lack of pressure on Tom for most of last year was a function of teams being afraid to load up against this passing attack, not because everyone deserved to go to the pro bowl...yeah, he had a lot of time back there for the most part...you blitz bad QBs....or those who have very little help on offense.....if you want a "recipe for disaster" just follow the so called "blueprint" that Banks, Easterbrook, and just about everyone on ESPN believes in.

    It's a copy cat league, you say? Then go out and grab a great front seven like the Giants and freaking copy them, or pray for 50 mph winds like the Ravens game, or cold rainy days like the last few home games....barring injuries that's about the only hope anyone has of containing what might easily end up being the greatest offense in history this year.

    I'll just say it now -- get yer popcorn ready. Not expecting them to be too sharp in a classic trap game this sunday, but you have to be insane predicting a down year for NE. They lost a corner, picked up a middle LB, but they also essentially trimmed and slimmed down along the line....they know they're going to be playing with the lead and BB is clearly going to attack more on defense this year to compliment this unprecedented offensive juggernaut. Two things we really needed at the end of last season was a faster more aggressive pass rush and a true inside running game....they look to have addressed that. And keep in mind please that they still essentially won 19 games last year even with such "deficiencies."

    Now, if they suffer a slew of injuries then, sure, all bets are off....but how are these people coming up with losing streaks and 6-7 losses, and losing the division AND the wildcards????
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    Great post. Mr. Banks is sitting on a bucket of warm water as we speak.
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    We showed him, he was wrong. :(
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    It shows you how some morons in here are no better than the moron media that they b!tch about

    Respect most predictions whether you agree with them or not or sometimes it will come back to bite you in the ***** like this one...
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