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Patriots Talk: What the Pats did Wrong Last Night

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Patriots Talk: What the Pats did Wrong Last Night

It was a hyped up Season Opener last night [Thursday] as the Patriots unveiled their new Super Bowl Banner.  New England was playing Kansas City and when the Patriots scored the first Touchdown it felt good.

Yet the night would shift quickly and reach a real sour note on the field.  The Patriots would eventually give up several big plays that iced them from winning the game.  They lost [42-27] to the Chiefs.  Here are a few take aways from the game but more specifically, what the Patriots did wrong:

After the first fumble of the game, the Pats got the ball back yet they failed to score.  This was huge during the game.  The Patriots got the ball back in good field position and they failed to get a first down.  It was awful!  They went for it on 4th and inches and got stopped short.

What were they thinking?  What they did wrong was not to run the Tom Brady style QB Sneak.  I mean seriously, they could have pulled it off easy!  He has done it so many times in his career that it seemed like the only reason that they didn’t do it was to keep him from getting hit.  In my opinion this was a real mistake for the team.

Defense, Defense, Defense!  They didn’t play well on D.  What they did wrong was have one on one with Linebackers on KC receivers.  It was awful!  I mean they needed to play something like a “cover 2” with Safety help for the middle of the field or over the top.  What I saw last night shouldn’t have happened.  Even with the Linebackers covering Receivers, their were blown assignments.  T. Hill kept getting open the same way, time and time again.  Scoring on deep down field passes.

The Defense didn’t bend but broke!  Listen this is the Achilles Heel of the Team.  It was something we noticed during Preseason. They aren’t fast enough and they certainly aren’t experienced enough to handle the spread Offense.  Dont’a Hightower is their best Linebacker but when he went out of the game there was no one else who stepped up.  Boy, was it disappointing?

What they should have done was Blitz!  I know it sounds ridiculous but listen Alex Smith had all day to throw.  They didn’t put enough pressure on him as he dropped back to pass.  They needed to play more physical and take away the deep threat.  Hey, I know it sounds easy from my arm chair right now but seriously they needed to sack him!  What else can you do but set up a zone Defense?  The Pats Secondary didn’t play well.  They did some good things, like covering the short gains.  But if you can’t take away the deep threat then you are in trouble.  And the Patriots got into trouble in the 2nd Half of the Game.

There was yet another point in the game where the Pats went for it on 4th and inches.  Yet once again they didn’t go to the Tom Brady Style QB Sneak.  Which is what they should have done.  For whatever reason they wanted to run the ball and they failed at getting the 1st Down.  If you string these two 4th Down opportunities together you can say they missed out on two TD scoring chances.  That’s 14 Points!  Enough to make it a closer game and even tie the game with a 2 Point Conversion.  I know the game went sour but looking back these were the critical plays on Offense.  These were the plays that we know that they could have made with their Offense.

With hind sight being 20/20 I think that the Patriots have a lot to work on.  They can see their mistakes.  We can see their mistakes.  And I bet you anything that this Bill Belichick Team will be making corrections.  Listen Bill won’t stand for anything short of good.  So with “No Days Off” expect some real moves to get this team where it should be at.  Week 2 against Drew Brees looms near!

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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