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  1. Zeus

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    Too bad Jumping to Conclusions is not an Olympic event, because many members of The Sporting Press would be serious medal contenders. Searching the sports pages or the internet for some meaningful perspective on the 2009 Patriots is a monumental waste of time. Sunday's loss to the jets wasn't just a bad day at the office. It was the end of Life as We Know It.

    Many view this early season loss on the road to a division opponent is a harbinger of doom. Brady is washed up. The defense has lost too much veteran savvy and leadership. Belichick's schemes no longer fool anybody. The team has lost its swagger. etc,, etc., etc. ...

    They lost by 7 points.

    Despite the poor play in almost every phase of the game ... despite the poor reads, bad throws, dropped passes, missed blocks, missed tackles ... despite the atrocious special teams coverage ... despite the mind-numbing seemingly endless parade of penalties ...

    They lost by 7 points.

    Any one of us could readily identify 15-20 plays where critical mistakes were made.

    They lost by 7 points.

    The good news is that the played poorly and lost a close game. The reason this is good news is the the majority of the problems they had on Sunday are correctable (starting with the penalties). The good news is that Brady's timing and accuracy will improve. The good news is that the defense will begin to jell and will be increasingly able to effectively apply Belichick's schemes as the season goes on. The good news is that this team will improve over the course of the season because that is what BB's teams have done year in and year out.

    There are serious challenges ahead and there will be more bumps in the road. Let's not forget that this is a team in transition that is trying to contend for the championship - that's pretty unusual. In retrospect, it was unreasonable to expect that the 2009 Patriots would come flying out of the gate, hitting on all cylinders. But it is still reasonable to expect the come December and January, the New England Patriots will be a team to be reckoned with.
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    Thank you for the post...I agree 100%
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    there ain't much that needed to change to make the pats 2-0

    that said, they need to start playing rough on both sides of the ball
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    Most reasonable posters realize that barring major injuries this should be a different (i.e., better) team in December than it is in September.

    Too bad most sports writers don't really pay attention to the sport they're covering.
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    Agreed.
    And, as losses go, this was nothing.
    A team with an out of synch offense, lost a close game on the road to a division rival. In Week 2.
    yawn.
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    Like when Rothlesberger was a rookie, Sanchez will crack when their defense gives up too many points. In Rothlesberger's first meeting with the Pats, their defense and ground game killed them. Dick LeBeau brought his schemes back to Pittsburgh and caught Brady off guard. However, in their second meeting, Brady was ready and lit up their defense, causing Rothlesberger to throw picks.

    The Jets are riding high right now, but when their defense struggles, that will be the true test for Sanchez.
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    Is it jumping to conclllusions to say Burgess wasn't worth it? Or alex smith? Or the Seymour trade??

    Too many front office questionable moves start to have me jumping to conclusions when we did just "by 7 points".

    If those questionable moves weren't made, doe that count for 7 on Sunday? I think when critisicm turns to the loss column people have a right to point the finger somewhere. It's understandable.
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    those same people could just become fans of another team......

    and no, seymour would not have made a difference.....unless he plays on offense
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  10. Zeus

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    Alex Smith was a mistake - that's a fact, they cut him.

    There's no way of knowing right now whether the Burgess and Seymour trades are positive or negative, and Sunday's result in and of itself provides little insight on the long terms effects of those deals. Time will tell.
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    In that game NE played without Branch, Dillon and had both starting OTs gone midway through the 2nd quarter. Brady wasn't caught off guard NE was running at 50% capacity. And they still kept driving down the field at the end and put up 20 points.
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    Um.... yes?

    How do you know Burgess wasn't worth it. So far NE has yet to play with more than a 6 point lead, and they only held that lead for all of 5 minutes combined.

    Alex Smith was clearly a flop.

    And Seymour was too much value to pass up. Fans are always in "win now" mode, but businesses cannot act like that. Considering the high likelyhood of a top 15 pick, I would gladly trade one year of Seymour for 5 years of Warren. Or Mayo. Or Mankins. Or Wilfork. Or...

    And if this is going to be the reaction every time the team loses, they God help us all.
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