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    Defensive Series #1 Punt

    Contributor: Pats1
    Time: 15:00 remaining in the first quarter
    Statistics: 3 plays (1 run, 2 pass), 4 yards (7 run, -3 pass), time of possession was 1:22
    Breakdown: 2 green plays (0 run, 2 pass) for -3 yds., 1 red play (1 run, 0 pass) for 7 yds.

    1st and 10 Ten 21

    Result: Pass, Scaife, Incomplete, wheel right, pass underthrown.
    Analysis: 2 WR split, TE left, FB motion strong to weak vs. 3-4, CBs press. Vrabel came outside to jam the TE/FB who came in motion, but then released him to the flat uncovered. Gay jammed the RWR on an inside crossing route before splitting off and circling around back towards the right flat. This gave Young a good few seconds to nail Scaife uncovered, but instead his pass one-hopped the target. It didn’t appear to be an issue of a throwing lane or pressure in his face – L.K. Smith at LE was tripled, and neither Wilfork nor Green got any penetration. Bruschi and Thomas sat in underneath zones while Colvin peeked before doubling with Hobbs. If Young’s pass was on-target, Scaife would have probably scampered for a first down. If Gay was in a zone, his was simply flooded, but the way he split off the RWR and took a 270-degree turn to the receiver was awfully strange. Vrabel must have had the assignment for the RB, who released into the left flat, so Vrabel was left in no-man’s land. LBs: Colvin, Thomas, Bruschi, Vrabel. DBs: Hobbs, Wilson, Harrison, Gay.

    2nd and 10 Ten 21

    Result: Run, Henry, up the middle, 7 yds.
    Analysis: 2 WR split, TE right, TE motion right to left vs. 3-4 CBs press. The first glaring thing you notice is how much space opens up right up the gut. This is due to Thomas waiting to meet the RG, not attacking and meeting him at the LOS. The LT and LG both take bucket steps to their left on this play, which is indicative of zone blocking, just as Henry’s backside slash-cut was. The LG goes straight for Bruschi but is ole’d; if Thomas had gone up to plug the ‘b’ gap, Henry wouldn’t have had a cut-back route and would had gone straight into Bruschi’s arms. But instead Henry is able to weave his way through 4 1v1 blocks on the right side: Vrabel/TE, Smith/RT, Thomas/RG, and Gay/RWR. Only Smith is able to shed his, and only manages a tug on Henry’s jersey before Harrison finally comes down and takes out Henry’s ankles. LBs: Colvin, Thomas, Bruschi, Vrabel. DBs: Hobbs, Wilson, Harrison, Gay.

    3rd and 3 Ten 28

    Result: Sack, Young by Wilfork, -3 yds.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 2 left, TE right, vs. 3-3 nickel, RCB and NB press, LCB off, SS showing blitz. Vrabel blitzes, and is actually released by the TE, and with the RB also releasing, would have creamed Young is he hadn’t slipped on his dropback, although the RT made an effort late. Young got right up, tried to get a dumpoff to his RB in the flat, but made the right decision as Wilfork and Green dragged him down from behind. Thomas and Bruschi both dropped back considerably deep in their zones for a 3rd and 3, meaning that if Young had been able to get a pass off to his underneath options, the TE and RB, it would have gone for a first down. LBs: Bruschi, Thomas, Vrabel. DBs: Hobbs, Meriweather, Wilson, Harrison, Gay.

    Note: For the first time in awhile, the camera man “gets it” and leaves very little empty space behind the QB, instead focusing on the DL and LBs.

    4th and 6 Ten 25

    Result: Punt, Hentrich, to the NE 23, Welker loses all his blocks and runs backwards for a few yards before being swallowed up, 52 yd. punt, -4 yd. return.

    Score: New England 0 – Tennessee 0

    Assessment

    Despite its label as a “3 and out,” this series was not a bright spot for the Patriots’ defense. They certainly got lucky twice on this drive, with Young making a horrible pass to a wide-open receiver on the first play and slipping on his dropback on the third play. In-between was a run by a rookie RB who was able to run a textbook inside zone play and would have gone for many more yards without a saving tackle by Harrison. There appeared to be a good amount of zone coverage going on here. The third play looked to feature a cover-3 sky, and the first could have been cover-2. But both coverages seemed intent on taking away the deep pass, and giving the Titans anything they wanted underneath.

    Drive Grades

    Smith: ‘C’ - No penetration on first play, shed too late on second.
    Wilfork: ‘B-’ - No penetration until Young’s slip
    Green: ‘C+’
    Colvin: ‘incomplete’
    Bruschi: ‘A-’
    Thomas: ‘B’ - Poor run support
    Vrabel: ‘B+’
    Hobbs and Wilson: ‘incomplete’
    Harrison: ‘A’
    Gay: ‘B’
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    Offensive Series #1 Interception/Touchdown

    Contributor: Pats1
    Time: 13:38 remaining in the first quarter
    Statistics: 4 plays (1 run, 3 pass), 19 yards (-1 run, 15 pass, 5 penalty), time of possession was 1:21
    Breakdown: 1 green play (0 run, 1 pass) for 15 yds., 3 red plays (1 run, 2 pass) for -1 yds. (-1 run, 0 pass), 5 penalty yard gained for the Patriots.

    1st and 10 NE 19

    Result: Pass, Stallworth, play action, 15 yard curl, 15 yds.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), TE left (Watson), RB Faulk vs. 4-3, CBs off. The Pats kicked things off with a play action right to Faulk, something which drew the WLB Thornton in, and more impressively, the FS Lowry in almost to the LOS before both came to a screeching halt and reversed direction. Drawing the FS in was paramount in opening this play up, as the FS, instead of being another obstacle for Brady to take note of in the secondary, was running towards the secondary with his back to the QB. Watson stayed in to help, forming two double teams on the left and two 1v1s on the right – Neal and Kaczur – both of whom smothered their rushers. With a sparkling clean pocket, Brady sat back and fired a strike to Stallworth downfield on a curl pattern against the RCB. Creating this single coverage was a Welker deep post picked up by the SS. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    1st and 10 NE 34

    Result: Draw, Faulk, right tackle, -1 yds.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Gaffney), TE left wing (Watson) in motion to right wing, RB Faulk vs. 4-2 nickel, NB press, CBs off. Gaffney was lined up on the playside this time, probably as the coaches feel he’s a better blocking presence than Stallworth. The FS again comes flying down in on this play, and dodges Gaffney, who was faked out with one move from the FS. The problems for the Pats started much earlier than this, though, as Watson wasn’t able to contain the LE long enough on this slow-developing draw play. The actual OL blocking was flawless, it was just Gaffney and Watson who weren’t able to hold their blocks long enough on the outside. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    2nd and 11 NE 33

    Result: Pass, Evans, Incomplete, quick out, pass thrown wide.
    Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), 2 RB (Evans left, Faulk right) vs. 4-3, LCB press. The 4-man rush was picked up without a hitch, allowing Brady a wide open throwing lane to the left flat. Evans came out into that left flat, with the nearest coverage the SLB in a mid-level zone. This was simply a miscommunication of some sort between Evans and Brady, as Evans reached the sideline, turned back inside just in time to see the throw sail in where he was running his route. After the play, Brady motioned to Evans to (apparently) slow down, but I don’t think that excuses Brady from missing Evans anyway. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    3rd and 11 NE 33

    Result: PENALTY on TEN-T.Brown, Encroachment, 5 yards, enforced at NE 33 - No Play.

    Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), TE left wing (Watson), RB Faulk right vs. 4-2 nickel, LCB and NB press.

    3rd and 6 NE 38

    Result: Pass, Stallworth, 20 yard sideline comeback pattern, pass overthrown under pressure and INTERCEPTED at Ten 49 by Ten – Finnegan, 51 yd. return, TOUCHDOWN.
    Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Gaffney), TE right wing (Watson), RB Faulk left vs. 4-2 nickel, NB press. The first stunt of the night from the Titans results in trouble for the Pats’ OL. The RE Vanden Bosch stunts right around the double team of Light and Mankins on the RDT, nailing Brady right after the throw. Stallworth, after the game, said that he slipped on the interception and it was his fault. Well, he’s right about that. It’s tough to see on the replay, but you can tell that Stallworth slipped in his cut on the route. If he hadn’t he would have had a good chance of jumping up and snagging this one before the RCB did. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    Extra Point

    Result: Converted

    Score: New England 0 – Tennessee 7

    Assessment

    A drive that started with a promising strike to Stallworth ends in what should have been the same result. Really not a terrible job overall for the Pats – that Stallworth slip and Vanden Bosch pressure were fatal though. Otherwise, the OL did a tremendous job in both pass protection and run blocking. The WRs outside of Stallworth didn’t get open, but much of that can be contributed to a 4-man rush each time from the Titans. The draw play was a tough one to execute. Watson and Gaffney aren’t by-trade blockers, so having a running play that revolved on key blocks by them is an iffy proposition. Timing and communication mistakes like the Evans route and missed block on Vanden Bosch will be worked out as the preseason wears on.

    Drive Grades

    Light: ‘A’
    Mankins ‘B’ - With Koppen’s back to the play, the RDE was his responsibility on the INT
    Koppen ‘A’ - Good job in second level on Faulk run
    Neal: ‘A’
    Kaczur: ‘A’
    Watson: ‘B’ - Tough block to execute
    Gaffney: ‘C+’ - Likewise, no action in passing game
    Stallworth: ‘C’ - Slip cost Pats 7 points
    Welker: ‘B’ - Drew SS on first play
    Faulk: ‘incomplete’
    Evans: ‘C’ - Poor route-running, apparently
    Brady: ‘B+’ - First throw perfect, second and third not so
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    I saw this as an outside zone vice a draw, and boy was it slow developing! It took a full 3 mississippi count from the snap until Faulk hit the edge and tried to turn upfield. Most pass blocking is over in three seconds; Watson may have lost his block on the DE, but even Maroney wouldn't have gotten there much quicker, that looks like a timing issue in the backfield.
    Look closely at the LDT as he engages Mankins: his right hand grabs Mankins left shoulder and the DT's body starts to twist, his left side is turning inward like he's trying to twist something heavy - say a 310 lb. offensive guard? I wouldn't be surprised if he had a hold of Mankins' jersey/shoulder pads screened away from the Umpire by his body, Mankins was certainly slow enough coming off the block to consider defensive holding a factor. Both sides are allowed to use their hands and grab "some" jersey, so I can't say it's a penalty, but it was a well executed block by the DT.
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    I'm working through the DVR of the game and will post some first impressions here before picking an area to breakdown:

    Bam Childress's KR after the Cortland Finnegan INT/TD: I can't make out the numbers of players throwing two excellent blocks that helped spring Bam for a big return, but Heath Evans was a monster on that return. Lot's of good blocking overall.

    As Pats1 noted after the first offensive series, the O-line blocking through two series has been pretty good. If, as I do, you count the pressure of Brady on the interception as a well executed defensive effort, then I saw one time where the blocking broke down - and that was Neal losing control of his man after Koppen released into the second level. (Though I didn't like the blocking call on that play, it had more of an inside zone look for a pitchout - maybe Dante was experimenting to see what would work to disguise the play...)

    On the Pats KO where Izzo came in unblocked and belted the KR at the 20, James Sanders and Pierre Woods were the wedge busters who cleared the way.

    The fumble recovery on the first play of the second defensive series was all Tennessee, the FB never got a handle on the ball. The Pats coming with a run blitz may have distracted the runner, but that's about it.
    - From a what are they doing standpoint, the Pats had a line stunt worked into the run blitz, LeKevin Smith does a one gap penetration move that puts him on the edge with his outside arm free for edge containment, meanwhile Vrabel twists behind him and fills the rush lane while Adalius Thomas rush blitzed and was taken inside by the RG - to recap: LeKevin switched off to play DE and set the edge, Adalius blitzed filling the 3-technique DT's role, and Vrabel slid down the line inside and became a SLB plugging the hole. The Pats also blitzed Rodney off the edge to be the speed man against Vince Young while lil' ol' LeKevin was edge containment. Tricky those Pats.

    For those gentle and unobservant souls who put the badmouth on Nick Kaczur: O'Callaghan is in at RT for the third offensive series, Brady pitched a pass into the dirt because O'C was depantsed by Odom and got into Tommy's face. Kac was rock solid in two short series, O'C is off to a slow start.

    The Pats do run a pretty inside zone. Throw in Evans as a lead blocker or motion a TE into the hole and the RB has one LB to beat - Morris looked good after the LB tripped him and he kept his balance to stumble forward for another 5 plus yards.

    Morris' second run looked like straight man blocking; if it was, I like the zone better.

    The next runs were all zone and as pretty a clock eating ground game with Sammy Morris and Heath Evans as you could like, right up to the Evans TD run behind Neal and O'Callaghan. O'C is much better then Kaczur in-line, it's when he has to pass block or get to the second level that you see why Kac got the start.

    Brian Jones and Rivers saw a lot of use as blocking TEs on that drive, not bad at all in that role.

    On the following KO, Sanders, James, and Mays were the primary wedge busters, but either someone got out of their lanes or the upfield blockers did a better job on a return to that side of the field because Gostkowski got to practice that bulldogging manuever Mankins taught him. Mays drew a double-team. Kareem Brown got a test drive as a KO cover man.

    The third defensive series really didn't do much to test LeKevin Smith's discipline in the run game with one running play - though he did his job of backside containment well and got to make the tackle for his reward.

    Okay, the first play in the fourth offensive series is the first time I've seen Light beaten, and at that Vandenbosch didn't get to Tommy for the strip sack until after 3.5 mississippi.

    On Baugher's 70 yd punt, both Gunners got double-teamed and jammed up near the LOS, it was edge blockers Wesley and Woods who got downfield fast enough to force the PR to back off and let the ball roll, Baugher getting some air under the kick didn't hurt them on that effort.

    Bruschi's out Seau's in with no change on the field - resting those two all season is going to make some playoff team(s) very unhappy.

    Who is 37 and how come nobody ever heard of him before? :D

    Kaczur is back in at RT - maybe this time the Kac-hate will be justified.

    The last play of the first quarter is an inside zone, they run it with two lead blockers, Watson and Evans, in the backfield; if Faulk had followed them he was looking at first down yardage rather then 2 yds and a cloud of dust.
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    Okay, back for the 2nd quarter:

    Ghost of Ben Dreith asked a question in Tunescribe's thread on Tommy getting hit: did the Pats keep any backs in to help block? Without going back to the first quarter I can't say that I remember the backs staying in, I do recall seeing both backs running routes and don't recall anyone even chipping a rusher. I'll try to make a note of that in this quarter.

    Ben Watson is getting schooled by the Titan's DEs, good training for him in preseason.

    I know there was a lot of cussing the camera work in the chatroom last night, but for the most part this is looking like the normally awful TV camerawork I try to wade through for fan analysis - the Pats hurry up just caught the director and the Titans off-guard and resulted in a first down for 12 men on the field. Even with Randy Cross warning him the director was asleep at the switch.

    Okay Ghost of Ben, they just kept Watson in on a delayed release to help Light, so naturally Mankins gets called for holding after tackling Haynesworth when he started to chase Tommy who passed up the chance to dump off to Faulk underneath or Watson in the flat - he wanted to go deep to Stallworth or Gaffney or Caldwell. They might have still called Logan, but Tommy was clean for 4 seconds and just tried too hard to make a big play.
    - Okay, I see the officiating is getting into midseason form, the replay show Mankins knocking Haynesworth down, no hold at all.

    The Pats screen game is looking 2004 sharp. Especially with Faulk in there.

    Just wonderful, the morons at NFL Network must have cut two minutes of the game during the audio difficulties of the original broadcast. Obviously no one can watch football if they can't hear the crummy announcers. Of course it had to be when the Pats were first and goal after the Titans were called for PI in the endzone. Idiots!

    Nice, LeKevin and Vince each absorbed a double-team tying up four blockers on a run off-tackle, Vrabes easily handled the Flanker and made the play. Colvin put his hand down and turned that into a 4-3 look on first down with the LT in a pass blocking look.

    Seau was in coverage on Eric Moulds...:eek: This was off another 4-3 front.

    Ugh! The Pats were in a 3-2 dime package with Adalius, Rosy, and Rodney at LB for a 3-3 front, they losy contain on Vince Young and that was a first down.

    Sweet! Gay was beaten on a well thrown pass called back for illegal formation; Tennessee went right back at him and this time he broke the pass up - Gay swatted down on the receiver's right arm as he was trying to pull the ball down from a high pitch.

    Bad Bam, tried to one hop a punt and nearly lost it.

    O'Callaghan is back in the game.

    Now that was ugly: Odom made an inside move on O'Callaghan which was picked up by O'C, but it allowed Odom to run into Neal and knock him off the block of the DT who started outside (Neal clearly has a hold of him because the guy "snaps the whip" before Neal lets go - but now O'C is tracking the guy going outside and Odom is actually behind Neal who can't see him, so O'C and Neal are chasing the DT on the edge and Odom is allowed to get turned around and charge Tommy forcing the next interception on a long ball for Stallworth. Guess what, this is all Tommy's fault trying to stand in and deliver the deep strike with a men coming up the middle and Faulk open for a back shoulder throw along the sideline near the yardstick. Tommy heaved the ball at 4 mississippi.

    Brushi and Seau are in the middle together.

    The secondary just forced VY to hold for a 5 mississippi count - at 5 Vrabel grabbed him around the ankles and LeKevin took him high.

    Rodney needed 3 mississippi to get around the edge and deliver a forearm shiver to VY. He must be getting old. Another 3-2 nickel with Rodney up at LB making a 3-3 front - hopefully Mel Mitchell can take some of those reps this Fall to spell Rodney the way Tedy and Jr. are checking off.

    Sammy Morris with the big block to help Bam on his PR, he dropped back from the middle of the formation and raced back beating the Gunners who eluded their blockers and cleaned the clock of the first Gunner on the scene.

    O'Callaghan is back in, I still haven't seen Kaczur make the foul ups his fan club are so quick to suggest. To this point: Kac zero, O'C two.

    Tricky Jeff Fisher, he sent the press CB on a run blitz to shut down the outside zone. Gaffney, who I don't consider a substantial blocker, never had a chance.

    O'Callaghan's man (Odom) just flushed Tommy again, at least time he dumped off to Faulk and didn't try to force one downfield to Stallworth.

    Looks like Reche upfield on a Faulk screen with a good block, his man made the tackle as Faulk ran by him, but Reche had him locked up 15+ yds upfield. O'C almost got Brady creamed again by letting his man go too early.

    Back to back screens, this time Gaffney with the good block upfield, the best I recall him throwing.

    Reche is called for a pushoff in the endzone; it wasn't really, but he did extend his arm to keep the CB from getting into his with his body. More of a "fend" off.

    Brady sailed one. The next play was a draw to Faulk for very little.

    PK unit - Oldenburg is called for a false start. FG is good after the penalty mark off. Four minutes left in the half, but I need to go to bed soon.
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    Stallworth ran a Curl route on this play. Comeback routes develop like fade/up routes, except once the receiver gets even with the defender's outside shoulder, the receiver breaks down and cuts back and towards the sideline.

    Curls, on the other hand, are run like seam/go routes, except once the receiver gets the defender to turn his hips, the receiver breaks down and cuts back and to the inside of the field, looking for a window to catch the ball in.

    Stallworth began his route outside the numbers, but caught the ball inside of them. He also ran his route at the corner's inside shoulder, not his outside shoulder. Definitely a 15 yard curl.
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    My appreciation of these reports is sufficiently well established
    that i would like to remark that
    this summary ... impressionistic ... style is quite satisfactory.
    Since it probably is far easier to compile, i'd say that no greater amount of detail needs to be provided.
    After all, this ain't a newspaper of record!


    With all our fancy new WRs ... Mills misfiring ... Dave Thomas gone missing ...
    and defensive coordinators realizing that they get their best results attacking the Pats' O-line ...
    this season may turn out to be light on TEs catching passes.



    LOL !

    What a tag team ... to quarterback your defense!
    Stay well, Tedy and Junior !
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    Box, I haven't gotten too far into the game, but I did slo-mo some of the early plays. On one of the Brady pressures, it almost seemed like O'C didn't know the snap count. He was just starting to rise from his stance while the rest of the OL had taken a full step. Odom did a great job of anticipating the snap and simply blew past O'C.

    On the overthrow to Evans, I had the feeling that it was catchable, but from the angle it's hard to tell how much space there is between him and the ball.

    I also felt that Brady's competitive spirit led to some of the hard hits. I wouldn't mind if he turtled some and didn't always try to make a play in preseason.

    I'm still not sanguine on Light and would like to be convinced otherwise. While Vandenbosch never overpowered Light, he seemed to control him with his quickness. V seemed very quick for a big man. He would switch directions, go into a spin and catch Light off balance and throw him down, leaving a clear path to Brady. Or not go into a spin and run past Light. I know that a good DE will eventually beat an OT, but the question is how long does it take and since I wasn't counting seconds, I can only say that Light struggled to anticipate V's moves.

    People have said the Light has trouble with the speedy edge rushers, like Taylor and Freeney, which makes you think, who the heck doesn't? This may simply be a scheme issue and BB deliberately left Light on an island for training purposes. In a game, they might have given him some help. Once Brady's shoulder pads were up around his ears, they started with the screen plays.
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    Unlike Stallworth who let the defenders do the INT and and them didn't chase or try to break it up or tackle the defender. Caldwell pushed the defender out of the way of a a possible INT. Take the penalty, go to the huddle and try again. Caldwell seems to block on the running game, knows when to change from WR to DB, and does the little things the fans don't see but the coaches do. Stallworth didn't twice, and Gaffney doesn't seem help out on either situation.

    I hope Gaff is not hurt badly, but he was hobbling.
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    Offensive Series #2 Touchdown

    Contributor: Pats1
    Time: 12:17 remaining in the first quarter
    Statistics: 5 plays (2 run, 3 pass), 58 yards (6 run, 47 pass, 5 penalty), time of possession was 2:15
    Breakdown: 3 green play (1 run, 2 pass) for 54 yds. (7 run, 47 pass), 2 red plays (1 run, 1 pass) for -1 yds. (-1 run, 0 pass), 5 penalty yard gained for the Patriots.

    Kickoff: Childress from the NE -1, 38 yd. return, Childress gets great blocking from Neal, Evans, and others before being angled out by the kicker.
    PENALTY on TEN-M.Griffin, Encroachment, 5 yards, enforced at NE 37.

    1st and 10 NE 42

    Result: Pass, Faulk, play action, quick out, 19 yds.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 1 left (Stallworth), 2 right (Gaffney, Welker), TE right wing motion to left wing (Watson), RB Faulk vs. 4-3, RCB press. Gotta love this play to keep those LBs honest. The play action drew them all in, but once they realized Faulk’s empty hands and Brady looking downfield, they all immediately turned their backs to the play in unison. You could almost see Brady chuckle as he casually tossed it to a wide open Faulk underneath, who proceeded to at least beat the SLB around the corner before being taken down. Welker had 1v1 coverage against the MLB too (with the safeties helping out wide), so this is a perfect play to set something else up later (i.e. a pass to Welker with a MLB peeking back at Faulk). The OL plus Watson created havoc for the DL, with pancakes on the menu. Still no blitzes from the Titans. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    1st and 10 Ten 39

    Result: Run, Faulk, left guard, 7 yds.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 2 left (Stallworth, Welker), 1 right (Gaffney), TE right, RB Faulk vs. 4-3, CBs off. Finely executed play by a shifty Faulk. This appears to be another inside zone run, as Faulk made his one-cut and shot right past the overpursuing MLB and WLB. Also indicative of the zone was Neal’s combo block with Kaczur on the LDT before Neal peeled off inside to seal the WLB. This is the beauty of zone blocking – versatility. On the original playside, Welker bounced backwards off his block on the SLB, and Koppen got moved into the backfield, something that would be a serious problem for a run originally destined for that direction. But Faulk made the read on the MLB and WLB – both of whom went playside, and then made his cut behind them. The MLB kept alert, turned off a Light block, and took Faulk down from behind. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    2nd and 3 Ten 32

    Result: PENALTY on TEN-T.Brown, Encroachment, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 32 - No Play.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), TE left (Watson), RB Faulk vs. 4-3, LCB press.

    1st and 10 Ten 27

    Result: Run, Faulk, right tackle, -1 yds.
    Analysis: 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), I-form with FB Evans and RB Faulk vs. 4-2 nickel, NB press. This was a toss-out “boss” play gone wrong. Simply put, the Pats failed to block a single defender on this play. Welker lost the NB early, Light let the backside RE loose, Mankins fell over going for the RDT, Koppen missed a cut block on the MLB, Neal was ole’d by the LDT, Kaczur lost his angle on the LE, and Evans missed the SLB. So by the time Faulk took the toss outside, he ran into Kaczur’s back, tripped over his ankles cutting inside, and was dragged down from the ground by the LDT. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    2nd and 11 Ten 28

    Result: Pass, Welker, Incomplete, 15 yard out, pass overthrown.
    Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), 2 RB (Evans left, Faulk right) vs. 4-2 nickel, NB and LCB press. The Titans brought their first blitz of the game, bringing in the LLB as well as the LCB, who had shown blitz before backing off. With Faulk staying in, this created a 6v6 situation in which the Pats gave nearly perfect protection. Faulk faked some sort of move at the LCB (looked like he was flapping his wings) to the LCB before riding him outside and behind Brady. This of course meant that Stallworth only had FS coverage, but Brady barely even glanced to that side before looking left and lobbing one deep to Welker. It’s real tough to see what happened here with the camera angle and without any replay. Welker was on some type of a square-out, and the pass sailed way over his head and out of bounds. The pouring rain could have had something to do with it. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    3rd and 11 Ten 28

    Result: Pass, Welker, seam wheel pattern, 28 yds., TOUCHDOWN.
    Analysis: Shotgun 3 WR, 2 left (Gaffney, Welker), 1 right (Stallworth), TE left wing (Watson), RB right (Faulk) vs. 4-2 nickel, LCB and NB press, LBs showing blitz. No blitz here, and Faulk was allowed to release into the right flat uncovered as the Titans shifted the focus of their coverage deep. And as such, protection was fine, at least for the first 5 seconds. After that, the LE spun away from Light and forced Brady to duck and slide outside to buy even more time. Even more impressively, Brady was able to keep his eyes downfield just long enough to make a convincing pump fake before eluding the LE. The pump apparently froze the SS enough for Welker to split away in the endzone and find some open space to work with. Brady fired the pass and scored his first points as a Patriot. According to Randy Cross, Stallworth was also wide open after the pump fake. Just vintage Brady in the pouring rain during a game in which he was reportedly off his mark. On the overhead replay, the Titans were clearly in a zone, one that the SS Hope had some serious trouble with. OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kaczur.

    Extra Point

    Result: Converted

    Score: New England 7 – Tennessee 7

    Assessment

    The ride had its bumpy spots in the middle, but the destination was reached. Good play design and calls. The first run was a work of zone blocking beauty – a textbook run. The second was a total disaster in which there were no blocks even made to distinguish what kind of play it was. Brady made an easy throw to Faulk on the first play, a poor throw to Welker on the second, and a good throw on the third. This was all behind still stellar pass protection, with the only problems coming after a 5 mississippi count on the touchdown throw.

    Drive Grades

    Brady: ‘B’
    Faulk: ‘B+’
    Evans: ‘C-’
    Gaffney, Stallworth, and Watson: ‘incomplete’
    Welker: ‘B+’
    OL, pass protection: ‘A+’
    OL, run blocking: ‘C’ - average between ‘A’ and ‘F’ on their two plays

    Defensive Series #2 Fumble

    Contributor: Pats1
    Time: 10:02 remaining in the first quarter
    Statistics: 1 play (1 run, 0 pass), -2 yards (-2 run, 0 pass), time of possession was 0:10
    Breakdown: 1 green play (1 run, 0 pass) for -2 yds.

    Kickoff: Griffin from the Ten 2, 18 yd. return, Griffin squeezes through the wedge but is met with a thump by Izzo after Sanders and Woods did the busting.
    PENALTY on NE-M.Mitchell, Encroachment, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 20.

    1st and 10 Ten 25

    Result: Run, Hall, FUMBLED at Ten 23 on exchange by Ten – Young, recovered by NE – Green at Ten 23, no further return.
    Analysis: 2 WR, both left after motion, TE right, I-form backfield vs. 3-4, SS and LILB showing blitz, CBs off. The elements strike again. Young handed it off to the FB Hall, who bobbled the pigskin like it was a hot potato – or a greased pig. Since Young’s handoff was poor and Hall never really had control of the ball (nor really set his eye on it – you can tell he doesn’t do this much), the fumble gets credited to Young. Harrison and Thomas both came in on blitzes here, with Harrison finding himself behind the run and Thomas finding himself with a face full of mud after the RG pancaked him. Vrabel didn’t fare any better, setting up to engage the fullback before finding out he was the ballcarrier and then slipping. Smith was dragged halfway to Providence by the RT. But alas, Bruschi would find himself unblocked and dove on top of the FB (while diving towards the ball, of course), essentially pinning him down as Green circled all the way behind the play and up through the hole to scoop up the prize. Wilson also shed the RWR to join the fun. LBs: Colvin, Bruschi, Thomas, Vrabel. DBs: Gay, Wilson, Harrison, Hobbs.

    Score: New England 7 – Tennessee 7

    Drive Grades

    Gay, Hobbs, Harrison, and Colvin: ‘incomplete’
    Green: ‘A’ - hustled, played to whistle
    Wilfork: ‘A’ - maintained his ground
    Smith: ‘C’ - lost his ground
    Bruschi: ‘A’
    Thomas: ‘F’
    Vrabel: ‘D+’
    Wilson: ‘A’
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    There's a reason Indy paid Freeney all that money, they want that speed off the edge and not because Light is the only tackle who struggles with it.

    Who replaces Light? New England is not getting Walter Jones from Seattle (Jones gave up 10 sacks last season, Light 7.5, there has to be more to sack numbers then one-on-one battles between DE and LT). Joe Thomas was drafted #3, Levi Brown #5, the next OT drafted was at #28, oddly enough traded by NE to SF for a 2008 1st rounder and a #4 that became Randy Moss - what are you going to do?

    Brady's shoulder pads were up around his ears on long pass plays, anytime he held the ball more than 3 seconds his risk of getting hit went through the roof, and much of that was without keeping a TE or RB in to block.

    There are people on this forum screaming for Nick Kaczur's head - how many know he wears 77 and O'Callaghan wears 68 I couldn't say - but while I've watched, Kaczur is the one O-lineman who got the job done without a major error - and O'C the one with the most errors. (I had also said Koppen was clean but AllWorldTE at Planet gives the Vandenbosch sack of Brady more to Koppen and not so much Mankins or Light.)

    It is what it is, Matt Light owns recordings of BB singing hip hop in the shower and Tommy likes to dance to them. On the plus side, the game planning was minimal, the offense, even while experimenting with different plays/formations/assignments still went down the field and scored 17 points in the first half against a D designed to face Indy twice a season, and the defense handled their high school offense like a high school offense. There might even be something good to say about the Punter.
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    I agree, Light is what he is, which is neither bad, nor lights out.

    Just spent a few minutes to watch the 2nd qtr, and Neil and O'C were the ones losing their men, or in O'C's case, pancaking his man and then taking his eye off him long enough for him to get up and plant Brady's left ear in the turf. And Watson getting dragged along like the tail on a kite. I may not be an expert in football, but this stuff was hard to miss. In the 2nd qtr, Light, Koppen, and Mankins seemed the most solid. Now I've got to go back and read Pats1's analysis to see if that's what he saw, ie, to see if I'm right. :)

    I still think they ran more screens than they wanted to, I mean, really, since when do they need to practice Faulk on a screen play over and over. They need to practice running and passing to the WRs, but the latter wasn't working out too well.

    Lastly, my initial impression during the game of VY was wrong. He did pretty well for a guy whose receivers were dropping passes and where his best passes were beautifully defended. He also had LBs and safeties and DL draped over him a lot of the time. Pennington would have been in traction.

    Edit: on the ear plant play (2nd qtr pass to Stallworth, intercepted), I absolutely agree that Brady threw a pass over the top of an oncoming train. Good grief, Tommy, it's preseason. Duck and cover. OTOH, O'C had no business taking his eye off a dangerous guy like Odom for a man that Neil was handling fine. Light's biggest mistake in that qtr was uncharacteristically on a running play, whiffing on a block.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's all good practice, but I do wish Brady wasn't trying to run all the red lights.
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    Okay, back to the end of the first half, the defense forced a nice three and out for Tennessee. The usual suspects showed up and had fun.

    First offensive play from scrimmage Watson misses a "wam" block and Sammy Morris gets stuffed.

    Second play from scrimmage, Odom depantsed Watson and paddled him on the way to a sack. Not a great series for Ben so far.

    Third play from scrimmage is a draw, Watson does okay against a LB.

    Punt - nice job by Richardson at Gunner to force the PR to head inside and run laterally to try and find a lane. Wesley turns him around again and Sammy Morris gets a piece of him as he spins before James Sanders shows people how to adjust to a runner in the open field and stuff them in the turf.

    The pass rush lost contain on VY and he got the ball upfield for a completion after he scrambled out.

    Next play is Seau's sack - Rosy just missed a sack/strip sack and may have forced VY to hesitate long enough for Jr.'s clean-up service.

    VY had a great dumpoff to his TE who rambled down inside the 5 where Hobbs corraled him. Rodney let him get away and Adalius Thomas at DE missed a sack on VY.

    Tennessee was in the end zone if the rookie RB hadn't tripped on his own feet turning the corner.

    Tennessee tried to quick snap the ball and succeeded in preventing the Pats from substituting with a goal line defense, the trouble is there were two NTs in the game and a DE with a lot of NT time in his formative years, not to mention Adalius, Vrabes, Jr., and Rosy make a pretty fair set of intermediate guys for the edge work - no go Tennessee.

    Criqui (sp?) says Jr. was covering on the pass in the end zone.

    Kareem Brown goes head to head with VY and stops him, Tedy did get a piece but Kareem did the heavy lifting. I take it back, it wasn't Kareem alone, but Tedy was just draped over Vince's back before he hit Kareem and - Jr. Seau! That was a brick wall - I'll give folks one guess as to who delivered the most beef.

    Tennessee's broadcast team is showing first half highlights:
    - I'm not prepared to say Donte Stallworth could have stopped Cortland Finnegan after the interception. Finnegan is extremely fast himself, if I remember predraft data, and Donte didn't have much time to react once he turned to see where the ball went - recall Donte isn't someone used much on STs, presumably that reflects on tackling skills at some point.

    The last Tennessee offensive series before the half was the Seau show - I don't know why my brain dredges up a mispent youth, but I'm remembering a cartoon where the Canadian criminal (spelling will be an issue here) Sav-wah Fair was everywhere - he must have been one of Junior's Uncles.

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