What the Patriots need to do..
Posted on: October 21, 2008 9:14 pm
Wait...the Patriots have a running game? I thought last year they had just let all the RBs go and turned Wes Welker into their "RB" This season's Patriots squad has been plaqued by injuries, the most notable ones to Tom Brady and Laurence Maroney. And then LaMont Jordan. And then Rodney Harrison. And Sammy Morris left the game too, and according to Coach Belichick, will be looked at from day to day this week. The question asked is: Can the Patriots last with all these injuries? So far, they have done fairly well with Matt Cassel as QB, and Sammy Morris looked impressive as a RB last night, but that was against the Broncos defense, which gave up lots of points to the likes of Kansas City. Against a very stout San Diego defense, the running game was completely shut down, which forced us to pass almost all the time. With an inexperienced QB starting, we cannot afford to become one dimensional. The Patriots scored a grand total of 10 points, with the TD coming after the game had been decided. Whereas against Denver, when the running game got going (Morris had 138 yards and a TD) which freed Cassel up to pass, and he did. (3 TDs) Of course, the defense has to step up, and I thought they did a very nice job last night forcing 5 turnovers. But we can't always rely on turnovers to happen. If the team is careful with the ball, like Miami or San Diego, and they have a half decent QB and WRs, they can just sit back and pick our makeshift secondary apart. A pass rush is needed. We have one of the best lines in the league. We MUST get pressure on the quarterbacks. That is what I think the Patriots need to do to salvage their injury filled season and possibly have a shot at the playoffs and even the division title. What do you think?