Coming into 2011, I saw a team that was ready to make a statement. Through the beginning of the season, I saw an offense that was putting up record numbers with Brady at the helm. I saw a defense that struggled, and although they gave up yards, they held their own more often than not. What happened? What should we do? (Will go into this later.)
What do I see in the defense? I see a unit that would only get better if they execute better. I see that we lack a true, ball hawking FS that will help get us big plays. I see McCourty slowly getting into rhythm. I see struggles, yet progression. Naturally. What should we do? Let them develop. Not much else we can do but get a FS. Hope they get better at execution, and patience.
What do I see in the offense? I see extreme potential, but also lack of execution. In the beginning of the season, Brady has done fairly well executing with these guys. What happened? I don't know. Execution is probably what happened. Brady, since the Raider's game, has not thrown as well as we would like, and misses reads we expect him to see.But hopefully that changes soon. What should we do? Maybe add a deep threat, or switch to a 3 WR 1 TE scheme, and have a tall, fast WR on the outside. Why? We need to be balanced on the passing attack. We need to be able to strike anywhere on the field. We need Brady to utilize his weapons, and call up plays to get matchups. Our 2 TE sets limit the ability to strike anywhere, but the short and middle of the field. WHile our TEs and sometimes welker or Branch can get open downfield, its not always there. Hell its not consistently there. We need some kind of change, and while I am not against the 2 TE set, I would love to incorporate more 3 WR sets, and attack aggressively which is what I think brady is more comfortable with.
Maybe I am wrong, and execution is the real cure here.
What do I see in this team? I see in the beginning of the season an great offense, and developing defense. Now? I see an inconsistent offense, and a WELL developing defense. Something is up.WHy can we only perform in late game situations on offense, but the defense can't do that as well? I thought they could under pressure, but this game did not help my case. Maybe we missed Spikes. I don't know.
What should we do? Ride it out. Our offense may find themselves. Our defense may develop. All I know is is that we will still compete for the AFC East. In the playoffs, its anyone's guess. It's easy to say we won't make it past the first game in the playoffs now, but down the road, our perceptions may change. We have young, developing talent. Let;s not get too out of shape about this. Until then, lets move onto next week, and hope our patriots, bounce back the way we want them too. Our defense did, but now its our offenses turn to do the same. Too early to give up hope.