Welcome to PatsFans.com

What do you fear most/think is the weak spot of the Patriots D

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Pats726, May 18, 2007.

  1. Pats726

    Pats726 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    9,800
    Likes Received:
    8
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0 / -0

    What do you fear about the D as it stand now?? injuries to the linebacking corp?? To the line?? As of now, what I fear are offenses taking advantage of the more aging D..via a no-huddle offense. Didn't both the Jets and Colts use this as a way to get upfield quick?? For some reason, I just think this might be an achilles heel or?? Maybe I'm wrong but as of this point, it seems to be a weakness. What are the others..and is this more phantom than real??
     
  2. theONLYJerseypatsfan

    theONLYJerseypatsfan On the Game Day Roster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2007
    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    My biggest fear is the aging linebackers and injuries that will be associated with it......particularly the inside linebackers
     
  3. Dragda

    Dragda Yes, it's really me... PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2006
    Messages:
    1,377
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +21 / 0 / -0

    #93 Jersey

    our weakness is the comeback route.

    Our DBs get deep by design and by coverage responsibilities (staying with their man). If a WR does a comeback route, they are typically wide open. Our pass rush has to do a bit better job in disrupting this relatively slow developing play.
     
  4. brdmaverick

    brdmaverick In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    3,008
    Likes Received:
    34
    Ratings:
    +93 / 3 / -0

    #32 Jersey

    my only concern is injuries at the LB position.

    I think our starting LB corp is solid, but we get thin quick if we have any injuries.
     
  5. patsox23

    patsox23 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    7,397
    Likes Received:
    9
    Ratings:
    +17 / 1 / -0

    LB - a downtick in play AND depth concerns.
     
  6. JoePats

    JoePats In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2006
    Messages:
    2,145
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    cornerback depth and the secondary if Asante is not here.
     
  7. MrTibbs

    MrTibbs Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2004
    Messages:
    1,486
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    CB Depth no doubt EVEN with Asante there.

    I mean who do we really have that can stay healthy?
     
  8. RayClay

    RayClay Pro Bowl Player

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Messages:
    19,551
    Likes Received:
    546
    Ratings:
    +1,609 / 19 / -19

    #75 Jersey

    I would have liked to pick up a CB in the draft.

    If Rodney's OK, we're strong at safety and questionable at CB with Samuel/weak without.

    Of course If Wilson moves to corner and Gay is healthy:rolleyes: . I think we've all learned about banking on ifs and buts, especially in the secondary.

    Good, extremely old, 5 man rotation at LB if Seau's healthy. Without injuries it's a very talented lineup.

    Hopefully there's some progress towards a future backup.
     
  9. QB12

    QB12 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    23
    Ratings:
    +46 / 2 / -6

    #12 Jersey

    Lack of team speed on D. Colts exposed us, no doubt.

    QB12
     
  10. RayClay

    RayClay Pro Bowl Player

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Messages:
    19,551
    Likes Received:
    546
    Ratings:
    +1,609 / 19 / -19

    #75 Jersey

    The Pats have a 4th backup on DL who is on the practice squad and more ready to step in, IMO, than any young reserve at LB or the secondary.

    OK, that was an awkward sentence and maybe not true, but Santonio Thomas stepping into the AFC champ game would have filled me with more confidence than Rashad Baker or Eric Alexander. Just saying...

    Yet they use their second pick in the draft on another Dlineman when they have LeKevin, Wright, Green and Thomas (on the PS).:confused:

    I could see if they were picking up steals at LB and CB, But it's been Warfields, Starks, Earthwinds and Beisels lately.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2007
  11. WhiZa

    WhiZa Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    5,043
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0 / -0

    Every position is solid besides maybe ILB, but even then.

    I think CB is solid too: Samuel, Hobbs, James, Gay, Scott. All of who could be starters on some teams in the NFL right now.
     
  12. TheSeymonsta

    TheSeymonsta Practice Squad Player

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Without a doubt at this time ILB is a major concern for me.
     
  13. Phoenix111

    Phoenix111 Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Messages:
    440
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    I would definitely like to see a 6th lber as stated earlier for the rotation. However, if there was more known about Mays, Woods or Alexander I would feel better. By more known I mean visual proof they could make an impact.

    I also just wanted to comment that Seymonsta has gone to campaigning for lbers in his sig.Haha classic:D
     
  14. TheSeymonsta

    TheSeymonsta Practice Squad Player

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0



    I have been campaigning for LB's for 4 years now...:(

    But hey thats why I am not working for the Pats.:D

    Yeah I would like to see or read what Mays, Alexander and Woods bring to the table also but I guess we will have to wait...
     
  15. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2004
    Messages:
    5,918
    Likes Received:
    30
    Ratings:
    +89 / 5 / -1

    #12 Jersey

    I have to agree with what was said earlier, the biggest problem I see is a total lack of speed/coverage ability by the LB's and safties. Yes Thomas helps on one side of the field, but that may not be enough, especially with Tedy wearing down some.
     
  16. Brady-To-Branch

    Brady-To-Branch Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    726
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +3 / 10 / -1

    Before the draft, it was Free Safety. The Pats were fortunate to have Meriweather there at #24 after the run on DBs in the 1st round.

    FS was a mess at the end of last season. Hawkins was wearing down and got injured at Indy. Wilson, when he's not injured, was abysmal the last two seasons. RH has had 2 knee injuries and a shoulder injury over the last two years.

    Meriweather is a welcome addition to this team.

    That said, if Asante holds out or dogs it on on the field, CB will become a serious issue.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2007
  17. Lloyd_Christmas

    Lloyd_Christmas I can delete my own crap! PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    1,418
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0

    The only thing I am concerned about is injuries. I am comfortable with our starters and don't see any major weaknesses.

    If we take too many injuries at MLB or at CB, it could get interesting.

    Team speed is not an issue IMO. Thomas was a major upgrade in that dept. Vrabel and Colvin can still move well and Bruschi makes up for any loss of step with incredible instincts.
     
  18. HEY BRO! WHAT UP?

    HEY BRO! WHAT UP? Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Messages:
    4,365
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0 / -0

    Easy question. Inside LB and Secondary. Besides Thomas, our LB's are old and slow. Despite their awesome additions on offense, if there is anything that holds NE from making it to the superbowl this year, it's their LB's. The Colts have laid out the blue print in beating the Pats; kill them with slot recievers and tightends. Until the Pats prove they can cover opponents TE's and slot recievers, don't be suprised to see teams test them early in the season. As far as the secondary goes, I'm not sold that Harrison will regain his '03 form or his San Diego form for that matter. However, I love the addition of Merriweather because he can play every secondary position. Hobbs has a lot to prove and Samuel may sit out the year or get traded. Finally, the depth in the secondary should be ok with Gay, Hawkins, James, Jackson, Sanders, Wilson, and Scott.
     
  19. rookBoston

    rookBoston 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    1,507
    Likes Received:
    30
    Ratings:
    +71 / 2 / -0

    #12 Jersey

    Weakest link:

    1) Eric Alexander... hopefully Seau squeezes him back to exclusive ST duty
    2) James Sanders
    3) Pierre Woods
    4) Rodney Harrison... you can't be good on the sidelines
    5) Tory James... and he might actually be good

    The rest of the group leave very little to be wished for.
     
  20. Remix 6

    Remix 6 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    Messages:
    7,780
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0 / -0

    my concern: Bruschi..if hes playing SILB..and he performs like last year in the end..were gonna give up a lot of yards unless we put Seau in..but then again..neither cover well(Bruschi couldnt do a lot this year..hopefully it was the injury and not age)
     

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>