New England Patriots Links 9/05/11 - Stats Show Meriweather's Decline

Chris Forsberg offers a PFF stats analysis on Meriweather's decline.

On the surface, Meriweather's numbers weren't awful. He finished with 48 tackles, three interceptions, and six passes defended. But dig deeper and the drop-off in production is far more pronounced. The folks at Pro Football Focus track individual player data and their numbers on Meriweather are far more condemning. For instance, during Meriweather's 2009 season, opposing quarterbacks boasted a QB rating of 64.7 on passes throw in his direction; In 2010, that number skyrocketed to 100.7.

Here's a comparison of the past three years for Meriweather with PFF numbers (including playoff games) that highlight the Pro Bowl-caliber 2009 season and last year's dip:

2008: 42 targets, 26 receptions, 330 yards, 145 YAC, 5 TD, 4 INT, 86.4 QB rating

2009: 30 targets, 18 receptions, 296 yards, 132 YAC, 1 TD, 5 INT, 64.7 QB rating

2010: 30 targets, 20 receptions, 355 yards, 116 YAC, 3 TD, 3 INT, 100.7 QB rating

Monique Walker hears from former Patriots WR Torry Holt on how tough it is for receivers to catch on to the Patriots offense.

"New England’s system not only challenges you physically, it challenges you mentally, because they have so many concepts and so many things going on within that offense,’’ said Holt, now an NFL Network analyst. "Tom runs that offense to a T and he has the flexibility to change things at the line of scrimmage at any given time."

"You have to know a number of things all the time. That’s just the plays. I’m not even talking about the snap counts that he has the ability to change if he wants to. There’s a lot within that offense that you have to know and be able to do quickly. And not only know it, but now you have to go out and execute it - and for a lot of young guys and even veterans, that can be intimidating."

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