1. The last 2 weeks I can only picture Bob Lobel saying is old adage, "why can't we get guys like that...." Of course he'd be referring to Kelly Washington and Jabbar Gaffney, 2 guys we were supposed to be upgrading and who are having nice years with OTHER teams. And it got me thinking about WHY??.....and the answer is clear....at least to me. The Pats passing system is complex and difficult to pick up. In other words....its NOT for everyone. Take Joey Galloway. He's not a bum. This guy is an accomplished NFL receiver, with NUMEROUS 1000 yd season, with QBs that aren't close to what we have here. Did he suddenly forget how to be a WR? NOOOOOOOOO! He just happened to come to a SYSTEM that obviously isn't conducive to HIS skill set. The Pats passing system is geared to skilled route runners, and a built up relationship with your QB to be at a certain place, at a certain time....CONSISTENTLY. Most balls aren't being thrown to a player, but a SPOT. And its up to the receiver to BE at that spot at the right time. For some guys, like Welker, its natural, for others, like Galloway its a nightmare. Its not anyone's fault. I'm sure it wasn't because he wasn't trying. Perhaps he was trying TOO hard. This is much tougher game when you having to THINK your way to a spot, rather than just using your natural abilities. Then when you add to the fact the obvious lack of confidence he must have, it even gets worse. He must be now questioning himself on every pattern. So while other receivers might thrive in different environments, it doesn't necessarily mean they would have be good HERE. 2. For those of us who have always wished be were playing a more aggressive, attacking defense, your time has come, and its for a lot of reasons. a. Our secondary is clearly VASTLY improved. This could be as good a secondary as we had in 2003. We now have bigger PHYSICAL CBs who can compete with the bigger WRs that now inhabit the NFL landscape. We FINALLY have a S who can ERASE mistakes (though I wish he had better hands, but we said that about Assante, and he started to hang on to the ball in his 4th year) We also have in Wilhite and Butler 2 guys who can man up on slot receivers when we go to situational Ds. I can't remember a time when we had more DEPTH in the secondary. My only fear is that McGowan, who has been a revelation, will get hurt, because he clearly has NO regard for his own body. That has been the pattern in his NFL career. But while he is there, its the best FS/SS combination we've had since Rodney and Wilson (in his ONE good year). BOTTOM LINE, having a secondary that ISN'T a liability, allows the front seven to be more aggressive...selectively b. We still don't have a pass rusher who can INDIVIDUALLY create havoc. Burgess still hasn't been the impact rusher we hoped, but Mike Wright has been a big surprise, and between him, Wilfolk, and Warren, our push up the middle has been excellent. BOTTOM LINE: Its not the sack total, but the number of time the QB has to move his feet, throw OUT of rhythm, or get hit, that is the MOST important thing. c. Finally the thing I love most about this defense is its PHYSICALITY. Especially in the Baltimore game, who is a very physical team. The Pats matched them punch for punch....and then some. That's bodes well for the future, because this defense is STILL a work in progress. It WILL get better. 3. I'm tired of seeing Matt Light get raked over the coals by fans and the media. How quickly they forget how he STONED John Abrahams for the entire game. Did we all forget that they pay the OTHER guys big money to do their jobs. Sure he got by him for a sack. He probably got by him for a couple of pressures too. But we dropped back over 30 times...and gave up 3 sacks to one of the best pass rushing teams in the league (BTW - on at least ONE of those sacks, Brady was late getting the ball out) BOTTOM LINE: The pats have dropped back to pass 175 times this season, and Brady has been sacked ONLY 4 (FOUR) times vs 3 teams that have excellent pass rushes. And this is with Brady, not yet being Brady.....AND the WR problems Light is a good but not great LT, we all KNOW that. Then why is it what if Brady gets touched, we all seem to go nuts and start researching who is available to play on the OL. Its not only unfair, its basically WRONG. 4. You all should remember that I came from a players era where you could hit the QB anywhere, and had 2 strides AFTER he threw the ball to do it. So count me among those who are tired of seeing incidental contact to the heads of QBs being called roughing. That being said, I think the fact that is missing from the Suggs roughing call that hasn't been mentioned ENOUGH, is the fact that he was CLEARLY going for Brady's knees. The fact that Brady managed to get out of the way, and minimized the contact SHOULDN'T mitigate Suggs clear INTENT to injure the QB. I think WAY TOO MUCH was made about the use of the word "forcibly" in the rule. Clearly they didn't want to throw the flag ONLY when the QB is writhing on the ground. So while I would like to see more discretion on incidental contact to the head...and fewer flags; if ANY defensive player goes low on a QB a flag should be thrown whether he was successful or not. 4. Mike Freeman is a first class ********, and while I'm sure you guys hashed out that whole issue completely, I feel better having said it. Talk about making it up as you go along, this was internet "journalism" at its WORST. He Rush Limbaughed him. And to make matters worse, Florio took his article as fact and then succeeded to OUT SPECULATE him. Well at least Florio admitted he was just speculating. He clearly does have it out for Moss. I think its a WV thing that goes way back. BTW are you aware that Freeman left the NY TIMES to go to the Indy Star (...and that has to be a career move that has you scratching your head. Like a guy with a successfull TV series, leaving it to go be a weather man in Des Moines) And then compounds the idiocy by getting fired for making up his resume. Yet HE has a pulpit to call Moss bad character. What IRONY....How sad....and how poorly it reflects on how we get our news. Because no longer is the news merely reported...its PROMOTED...complete with an implied agenda..l.and that's NOT good for a democracy. 5. As much as I want us to beat Denver, the Josh McDaniel story is a nice one. He makes his admiration of BB clear, and he success, given his rough start, is a great story. When you compare this to the Mangini experience, it is startling, and gives us an idea about how mistaken Eric was in the manner of his departure. I bet he'd have given his eye teeth for that 5 page topic sheet on being an NFL HC, and the conversations that went with it. 6. Speaking of McDaniels, I couldn't help notice a comment by a Denver scribe on his offense. He stated that he couldn't believe how 'open' the receivers were, even on short routes. It echoed what we heard here when he was OC. The kid surely is a great offensive mind and he is missed. I think if he was around this year, Brady's progress back from his injury would have been smoother. 7. Doesn't mean anything, but its interesting that the Pats haven't played a team that has lost a game when they played them. 8. I find the Edwards trade to the Jets fascinating. I think Cleveland did a great job getting a lot of value for an under performing asset that they were going to lose after this season anyway. 2 serviceable players and a couple of mid round draft picks was about all you could hope for. On the Jets side this could be a home run, or another disaster. Despite the bad hands, Edwards IS someone you HAVE to account for and WILL open up the field for Keller and Cotchery. However if he DOESN'T resign with the Jets, even if he plays up to his potential, they paid WAY too much for a 12 game rental...and then there is the possibility that he continues his turdish ways. Say what you want about the Jets, but, at least this year they are very interesting. 9. I REALLY hope Moroney has a great game Sunday...I am SOOOOO tired of threads about him. Well I feel a lot better with THAT off my chest. Thanks for my small pulpit here. I hope you find some of this interesting enough to discuss.