End of the First Quarter-Season: What Have We Learned?

-by Dino Scapelli

Remember when the discussion regularly drifted to whether this 2017 team would go 19-0? Seems kind of silly now, doesn’t it?

Let’s be clear: 2-2 is not a disastrous record for a contending team. The Patriots were 2-2 and looking ugly to start the 2003 and 2014 seasons and won the Super Bowl each time. Heck, they were 1-3 in 2001 before winning their first championship! So let’s not lose hope that they can become a champion once again this year based on those numbers. Let’s take a rational look into the team’s first quarter performance and try to determine what their strengths and weakness are, and how they might turn weaknesses into strengths.

The offense seems like a certain strength each year behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, who at 40 years of age still throws the ball well and reads opposing defenses better than any other QB in the game. This year’s offseason added depth to both the wide receiver and running back positions, and the offensive line returned all five starters. All-time great tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from back surgery to what looks like full strength. But stouthearted, squirrel-quick WR Julian Edelman was lost for the season in training camp, and reliable second TE Martellus Bennett was replaced by underachieving Dwayne Allen. The output of the offense has been sufficient to win each week, scoring 129 total points and gaining a league-high 423.8 yards per game. If there is a weakness, it appears to be the highly-regarded offensive line, struggling to open holes at times in the run game and failing to protect Brady, offering the old guy up for 29 QB hits and 12 sacks.

The defense, which led the NFL in scoring last season, was a disaster in Week 1 against a moderately dangerous Kansas City Chiefs offense, failing to contain the running game and displaying serial breakdowns in pass coverage. Week 2 appeared to be improved, holding a potent New Orleans Saints offense to just 20 points, but still allowed six pass plays of 20 yards or more. Weeks 3 and 4 showed further breakdowns in linebacker and especially secondary play. As effective as the offense has been, it has been undermined by a defense which has allowed 128 total points and a by far league-worst yards per game allowed. Compared to the 2016 defense, the numbers are shocking:

  • Yards per game allowed:
    • 2016: 326.4
    • 2017: 456.8
  • Points per game allowed:
    • 2016: 15.6
    • 2017: 32.0
  • Rushing YPG allowed:
    • 2016: 88.6
    • 2017: 132.8
  • Passing YPG allowed:
    • 2016: 237.9
    • 2017: 324.0
  • Passing yards per attempt allowed:
    • 2016: 6.8
    • 2017: 9.4
  • Passes of 20+ yards allowed per game:
    • 2016: 3.3
    • 2017: 4.75
  • Passer rating against:
    • 2016: 84.4
    • 2017: 116.5

What happened between last season and this to explain such a nosedive in defensive effectiveness?

Personnel losses include cornerbacks Logan Ryan and Justin Coleman; defensive ends Chris Long, Jabaal Sheard, and retired Rob Ninkovich; injured linebacker Shea McClellin; and injured defensive tackle Vincent Valentine. Ryan was a four-year veteran of the Patriots defense and had become an effective slot cornerback. Long and Sheard were veteran players who were effective in pass pressure and edge setting against the run, as was Ninkovich. McClellin showed positional versatility, if not athletic dominance. Valentine was an effective inside pass rusher and disruptive force.

In the middle of the front seven, DT Alan Branch has been unable to repeat his dominance in run stopping, and newcomers Lawrence Guy and undrafted rookie Adam Butler have yet to make much of an impact. Malcom Brown is an OK player against the run, but offers little disruption at the line of scrimmage.

Intended replacements at DE included underwhelming Kony Ealy, who never looked like a solution and failed to make the team; rookie Derek Rivers, now on injured reserve; and roster keepers rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. and last-minute desperation trade target Cassius Marsh. The veteran of the group is third-year player Trey Flowers, who emerged late in the 2016 season as a big-play maker if not a steady edge setter. Defensive captain and normally middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower has been used at DE when healthy, to little effect. Wise has shown flashes of pass rushing skill, but has been rookie-inconsistent and somewhat weak against the run. The undersized Marsh has continuously been overpowered and pushed out of plays. Flowers is more consistent, but not the run defender that Ninkovich and Sheard were.

At LB, the vacancy left by the athletic, albeit undisciplined at times Jamie Collins has never been ameliorated. Replacements like Jonathan Freeny, Barkevious Mingo, Kyle Van Noy, McClellin, the small and sluggish Elandon Roberts, and doddering David Harris have never made the kind of plays that Collins made look easy. The entire LB corps looks slow and often confused by the opposing offensive formations and movement. The position change of captain Hightower has only made things look worse. This was all apparent last year, and the position was from this pair of eyes a primary need in the offseason. However, Bill Belichick apparently didn’t see LB as a major need, signing only the decrepit Harris, undrafted free agent rookies Harvey Langi and Brooks Ellis, and Colts cast-off Trevor Bates (a member of last year’s PS). Ellis and Bates failed to make the team, and there are currently no linebackers on the practice squad.

The secondary was supposed to be the strength of the defense, perhaps even good enough to make up for the obvious shortcomings at DE and LB, but the losses of system-savvy Ryan and the addition of inconsistent CB Stephon Gilmore seem to have thrown a monkey wrench into what was a functioning unit. Somehow, the leadership of Pro Bowl free safety Devin McCourty has not been enough to rein in the handsy and opportunistic Gilmore, who is best-suited to covering one man one-on-one than to making the reads that Patriots DBs normally have to be able to make. CB Eric Rowe is gaining knowledge, but is not yet the automatic instinctive player he has to be; his strength, too, is one-on-one coverage. The undersized but determined CB Malcolm Butler has not been the player we saw come into his own in Super Bowl XLIX and continued to play above his weight in 2015 and 2016. Whether it is the emotional effect of being second salary banana to Gilmore or being utilized in the slot at times, where he is clearly not comfortable, he has been a disappointment thus far in 2017. It is hard to pin down reasons for the decline in communication in the secondary, Gilmore’s system unfamiliarity aside, but like the LBs, this group has looked lost many times in the first four games in spite of their obvious physical talent.

Through the first four weeks of the 2017 season, this has been the worst defense in the entire NFL, anathema to a Bill Belichick- and Matt Patricia-coached team. Some of these deficiencies may be improved by the possible return of Valentine and McClellin from IR, and the communication in the secondary will surely improve over time. But the question is whether this defense is going to be good enough in November and December to get the Patriots to the playoffs again, and whether it will be good enough in January to get them to the championship game most thought they would be in.

What has to happen to make this defense worthy of the Belichick label begins with the DTs simply playing better, Stephon Gilmore learning a defense more complex than any other he has played, and Malcolm Butler becoming competent covering receivers between the hashmarks. The talent at these positions is there.

But even then, the lack of quality and depth at DE is something that will continue to hinder the effectiveness of the defense, and the serious inadequacy of the linebacker corps must be addressed at the very least by returning Dont’a Hightower to his normal MLB position. From this chair, it looks imperative that there be some veteran additions to the DEs and LBs via trade if we are to enjoy another championship in New England.

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Ok- I need a little Tom Petty- it’s been a rough day.

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By this time Tomorrow patriots D will have given up over 400yds and Brady leads O to 38 pts. But I’m still not sure who wins.

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Well, if that happens then pats should win.

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Devo without the polish?

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Did the singer just get out on bail or something?

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Leafs are gonna be tough this year, may win the division

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Shouldn’t they be the “Leaves”?

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My love for you is ticking clock berserker!

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Won’t be able to do an All 22 Piece on a short week but if we win Thursday I can hopefully do one comparing the two games

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Pats 42 Buccaneers 20.

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Who is this “guest” who keeps down voting everyone?? That’s just rude.

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Just put real grass in.

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Trade one of the new planes for real grass.

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Real grass doesn’t grow in Winter Town.

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Replace the entire stadium

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This guys a commie…or a redcoat!!

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Do you think Cam Newton realizes he’s a douchebag?

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Rock Head

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Isn’t that part of being a douchebag- not knowing what he does and thinking it’s funny??

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wow, Alex Smith is outplaying Aaron Rogers by the stats. Are people going to mention that when they try to crown Rogers the best ever again.

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Gronk has a thigh injury, what part of his body hasn’t ever been injured?

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I think we all know the answer to that…
(it’s the part that biblical hebrew calls “his thigh”)

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I have a Hisense 40″ also and we like it, wound up getting a 43″ Sharp recently for the living room and it’s a bit better. Both stream pretty well too.

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Joe Person ✔ @josephperson
Ron Rivera on Gillette Stadium playing surface: “Just listening to guys’ responses, they weren’t happy about playing on that turf.”

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Atlanta United players were apparently not thrilled with it either.

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Thought I read that the players association was not thrilled with it- still too soft.

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I can’t believe Kony Ealy had 4 passes defended this week and that Pats LB’s are struggling so badly in coverage

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Oh boy , Coleman had a INT lets get then all back or no SB …smh

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Well, Coleman knew Brissett well 🙂

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“Kony, just go out there whenever you want and do whatever”

— Coach Bowles

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But Guyton couldn’t tackle anyone 🙂

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Oh boy, here we go…

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That does it I’m a Jets fan now.

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Batted passes

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what happened to that WR from PIT that we signed to PS – is he gone?

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Love this Hisense TV from best buy, was skeptical but wanted something not too cheap and not too high for bedroom , sales guy talked me into it , love it so far .

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“not too high for bedroom?”

Does not compute, Nate.

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I have a nice tv in the living room that we use to watch TV but we don’t have any in any other bedroom. I want to get a good, inexpensive TV for the guest room for when I want to watch something and my wife wants to watch something else. it’s also a TV for guests. There’s not too many times where we fight over the TV so we haven’t needed another and don’t really care about getting a top of the line TV for a guest room.

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Not yet, but I’m definitely going to buy another TV. I want to put it in the kitchen by my wife overruled me. Doesn’t make sense since I do all the cooking so I figure I should have a TV in the kitchen. She said I can get one for the guest room instead so I’m going to get an inexpensive flat screen after work — between $100-$200. We’ll see how big a TV I can get for as little as possible

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I think he should get an 80″ OLED and just “ask for forgiveness” later.

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Thanks. I will check them out. I was going to stop by Brandsmart after work

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I have the 55″ 4K Roku Smart TV. It was $299 when I got it at walmart and iirc it was the cheapest 50″+, 4K HD+ set on the market.

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I got a cheap simple one at Target for the kitchen for about 125.00- works just fine.

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I can’t believe I’m nervous for a game against the Bucs! But, these days, I’m deflated every time the defense is on the field because we just can’t make a play when we need one. If things go bad early, we’ll be looking at 2-3 for the first time since ’01!

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I think the Pats win this game by 2+ scores and get the season right back on track. Usually when the entire nation tunes in assuming to see the Pats demise on TV, the Pats kick ass.

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I’m first in line hoping this is the case. But, even if we beat the Bucs, and see the same issues on D, I won’t feel good… But, I’ll trust the 10 days off that this staff will be doing some serious tinkering, and we’ll see more differences after that.

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Anyone especially if U call yourself a PAts fan that dont think we will make the playoffs need a overreaction hug or can just go hug themselves under their beds .

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can’t he just build one himself? I figured that was a genetically instinctual trait.

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but JDogs are an evolutionarily advanced breed

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It was hilarious hearing Troy Aikman go on about Marquis Flowers making the tackle when it was 98. But, 59 did look quick and aggressive in his few plays, and may be forced into more of defensive role for what Collins used to do.

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they might as well give it a shot. he can run, at least.

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always room for improvement in the Special Teams phase!

BB might not want to hand the ball off to a RB 70+ times per game, but I bet he would love to Punt Coverage 70+ times per game.

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Just found out the biggest issue with communication on the defense has been that Matt Patricia and BB have been speaking Bulgarian while the players have been speaking a Gaelic dialect! For crying out loud we’re in America guys lets just get back to speaking Spanish and on the same page!

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Or for even better communication, BB and Patricia should learn Ebonics, because I’m sure Gilmore is fluent in that. Butler has a PhD in it.

Also, I just googled to see if he was a Communications major at South Carolina, but alas, he is a Sports Entertainment Management major. Bad choice, Stephon.

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this defensive performance might hinge on Jonathan Jones’ ability to play the majority of defensive snaps, unless the Bucs roll out 2TE sets the whole time.

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I don’t think it’ll hinge on any one thing or one player. Everyone has to just play better. They were letting Ed Dickson get behind the defense. Ed Dickson.

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I forgot T.J. Ward was a Buc. I cannot stand him.

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Just sit him since you cant stand him .

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he wasn’t practicing earlier in the week, I wonder if he will be able to play. Same with Lavonte David. If those two defenders can’t go, Brady and the offense will be able to stress the middle of that Bucs D at all levels.

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I love the honesty coming from the D , watch out Bucs turning point begins with U , last chance Gilmore sure Jones is been ready in case your mental errors continues.

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the maiden voyage of AirKraft One will be the catalyst for positive change.

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Banks?

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you’ve got to earn playing time, Branch. It is not given to you —>

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I don’t know why, but I always hate when people say, “It’s above my pay grade.” He didn’t say that, but he mentioned the saying that those who make the decisions are about his pay grade.

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right, as if he has zero control over his situation.

Just Perform, Baby.

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I gotta disagree with the Boston Sports Journal that the Pats are currently in the hardest stretch of their schedule.

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They have a stretch later in the season with 5 road games in six weeks, including playing at Denver and in Mexico against the raiders.

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To be fair, sometimes he’s literally being escorted by both arms from two defenders down the field.

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Again, I don’t see trade being a great route here or a necessary one.

We’d either have to take from a position of strength and weaken it or give up future draft value coming off a year where we had a very short draft.

And when you look at some of the talent readily available to pick off the streets, you might not get much better return than what you can get right now for vet minimum on non-guaranteed money. And you could land 3-4-5 players very cheap instead of one at cost.

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I’ll say the Pats could use an upgrade of some sort at the LB or DE positions.

Though, if the 49ers want to trade Navarro Bowman for Jimmy G, I’d be down with that.

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although I agree with Hugo that if they got a player with several years of control, the cost of losing a couple seasons of rookie contract might be worth it to shore up the LB or DE spot. Would obviously depend on the player.

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The New Pats Plane doesn’t look as nice on the inside as I would’ve thought. I would’ve thought the seats would be much bigger, or even those flat beds since the players are large, and I figured there’d be meeting tables and stuff…kinda like in those fancy airlines to travel to dubai.
https://nesn.com/2017/10/patriots-take-you-inside-new-plane-ahead-of-airkrafts-maiden-voyage/

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Heck, I think the Bruins fly on planes that have tables because I remember seeing the players play cards on a table when I was watching the Behind the B series

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Jonas Gray in jail————————————————–>

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Have to wonder what happened to the kid- cover of SI one week- cut the next.

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SI Jinx!!!

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won’t have to worry about oversleeping now

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Well that they let him out. So he won’t have to worry about sleeping either…

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USC 59
Oregon State 41

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Similar score as the Pats / Bucs game

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What time are you leaving dp?

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If Oregon State scores 41, USC has bigger issues than I thought.

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Why cant you change screen name on here ?

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You can. Scroll up, to where it shows your picture, and says “Welcome itsBradyBaby”. Under that it says “Dashboard”. Click on that. Then choose Profile on the left hand side. There, you’ll find a field for your nickname.

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Testing

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thinking about finally adding the apostrophe?

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and to clarify, I did not mean changing it to

Le’itsBradyBaby

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Why do I fear that kony early will make the pro bowl?

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Good for him I don’t care he’s not a Pat .

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because you are starting to question BB’s schemes and philosophies

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I am so taking the over Thursday Night – might be like a Big XII game.

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That will be the halftime score.

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offensive Fantasy goodness for sure.

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We only have 1 TV in our house (yet we have 4 DirecTV boxes). It sucks for me because I’ll have to freakin’ watch the Pats game on my phone because it’s on at the same time as game 1 of the Indians (my wife is a huge Indians fan). She used my reasoning against me: She said, “Playoff games take priority over regular season.” which is what I said to her when I was watching the Celtics playoff game at the same time her Indians were playing.

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Sounds like you need one of those 32″ Cheese TV brands for like $125 bucks and hook up one of those extra boxes.

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but seriously, I do think the Pats win this game by multiple scores, and start to get their season back on track. back to back wins heading into the showdown with the Dirty Birds.

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I get his frustration. He gets held, pulled and yanked and they don’t call it. So goes out and does it back and they call it. He wants consistency. I bet none of the OPI calls get called if he did it against KC since they were mugging him. But then he goes against Bogers crew and they call everything on him.

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but, BB clearly instructs Gronk on the tendencies of each NFL Officiating crew when they are game planning during the week, so Gronk needs to be smarter and do a better job of adjusting.

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Right. I was wondering why he wasn’t being physical back vs KC.

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Bucs coach seems like a wise man. RE: Pats defense giving up big plays

Statement from Bucs Coach

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Is that what it’s called? (what I just posted)

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Would you trade Cooks for an elite LB/DE right now?

If I knew for certain that Mitchell was going to come back, and that Dorsett is learning the playbook, I might. Obviously this is just an academic discussion and will never happen.

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I would not.
The Pats can win a shootout with Brady at the helm. You can count on the offense. There’s no guarantee the defense turns it around even if you add someone.

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fair point.

would you trade a 2018 2nd round draft pick for a starting-caliber LB/DE right now?

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ok, sorry, maybe I should not have used the word “elite”. Maybe a tier below Watt/Miller level.

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wow, Katie Nolan is a cutie —–>

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she’s a huge pats fan. I liked her show Garbage Time

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I thought she’s actually a pretty good host too. She’s funny and seems to know what’s she’s talking about. Have you never seen her before? She ripped the NFL a lot during the deflategate thing.

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You guys all hated Amendola when we first signed him.

Let’s give Gilmore a chance please.

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I loved the Amendola signing when it happened. Perfect Welker replacement (on paper) and the writing was on the wall for Welker. And Edelman was exploring FA. Signing Dola made total sense.

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I’m not worried about Gilmore. he’s a really good player and he’s in his prime. I do worry about the defense, but not about Stephon Gilmore. Or Butler, for that matter.

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I think everyone liked Amendola when we first signed him, but most turned on him when when wasn’t lighting up the stat sheet, even though he was dependable when he was thrown to. Most were still down on him even after the SB in 2014. I remember because I kept saying that without DA, we don’t beat Baltimore in the playoffs.

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Not me. I was in Amendola’s corner the whole time. I had debates here with people that wanted to cut him.

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While I do believe Gilmore is one of the most talented CBs the Pats have had in their secondary in 5 years or so, almost wish we could have seen what Devin’s brother would be like playing for the Pats. He’s not as talented as Gilmore, but he’s always been a solid-or-better CB and I doubt they’d have the same communication issues they are going through now. Plus, he’d cost way less than half what Gilmore’s being paid.

Not giving up on Gilmore, but it’s something that’s crossed my mind.

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Think Gilmore will turn it around. He is not a bad player. That being said, the mental mistakes cannot continue

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I agree. I feel he will bounce back.

When McCaffrey went in motion Gilmore and others followed and left “Fozzy” Whittaker all a lone if was not just Gilmore at fault.

Win or lose as a team.

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True, but because Gilmore was the communicator. We don’t know what he said to make everyone shift that way.

It’s hella complicated and I hope they simplify it even more. Just put Gilmore on Evans all game and scheme AROUND him for now.

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“I sit here and say it is correctable, but it is up to us to correct it,” he said. “It’s not going to correct itself. It’s really on us of getting it done and I think we’re on the right path, but what I always say is being on the right path, you don’t know until you go out there and do it in a game.”- McCourty

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Oct. 31 All trading ends for 2017 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

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Way to go Dino. Good Job. “moderately dangerous Kansas City Chiefs offense, ” Are you talking about last year because this year after 4 games they are 3rd in scoring in the NFL. “From this chair, it looks imperative that there be some veteran additions to the DEs and LBs via trade if we are to enjoy another championship in New England.” Some? Most of the answers on defense have to come from within. The Patriots many be able to make a trade for a role player like they have in the past but for a major trade the Patriots… Read more »

DinoScapelli
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DinoScapelli

Thanks for the edits, DNOM. It reads almost as well as it was originally submitted. 🙂

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Calipatsfan3473

It’s a good article Dino 🙂