Yup, we failed to clinch with THREE games to go. How many other teams have clinched? How unusual is it for us to lose in Miami? Let's get some perspective. As of now, we will have at least one home playoff game. We have similar issues to those of weeks ago: injuries and the offense not being in sych. DEFENSE The defense has been playing very well, especially given the injuries. Booker made some great catches, but our defense gave our offense the ball plenty of times. We should add Harrison for the playoffs. Yes, we need Wilfork back. And yes, we need a backup NT. And yes, Traylor looks like a fine NT. Our defensive schemes are continuing to be successful, even with extensive injuries. OFFENSE We have ineffective receivers, we can't protect Brady, and we don't use the run enough. Other than that, we're fine. Seriously, the offensive has been playing poorly. And the play-calling doesn't help. How many of you felt that we were being lessons by JAX with regard to how to beat the colts? We refuse to use Graham as a blocker on a regular basis. So, of course, Light looks terrible. The fact is that he NEEDS (and always has needed) help against speed rushers. And, the answer is NOT giving Brady more control. He has more than enough. What is needed is execution of solid game plans, the key to success on offense (as it is on defense). Early in the season, we thought we had the best OL since Hannah played, and the best running game since then also. We also had one of the best corps of TE's. We had the best QB. We believed that the only hole was at wide receiver. We all said that what Brady and the receivers needed was time. Well, we have three more weeks until the playoffs, and we are blaming everyone for the offensive failures. Personally, I still believe that problem is at WR. IMHO, we would have won at least a couple of more games with better receivers. Of course, we have been told that our receivers are the best ever. ?????? And, no we don't use the offensive talent very well. Sure they should catch more passes, and fumble less. But some improvement is possible by having offensive schemes that better us the talent we have, as we do on defense. -------------------------------------------------- BOTTOM LINE We are what we are, a 9-4 team. We are a playoff team, and we have the potential to improve between now and the playoffs. And next year, we need to figure out how to start the season with more talent at wide receiver.