Patriots Week 2 Loss V.S. Jets -(Amsey 5)

Amsey 5- Creativity need not apply
1) Two words.  Screen Pass.  Not the Wes Welker errrrrrrrrrrr Julian Edelman bubble screen that averaged 3 yards per catch today but a true to form screen pass. The Jets were blitzing the bejesus out of the Patriots and unless I was zapped by the Men In Black movie mind erasing device, I didn’t see a single one.  The Jets brought 7 and 8 consistently.   The only way to make it stop is throw a screen pass. Oh by the way, we have one of the best in the business out of the backfield in Kevin Faulk. I may not always be spot on but in this instance I am absolutely right. This is why they lost the game today. The Jets defense played great but the Patriots had no creativity in countering the onslaught. Brady threw 50% of his passes today on the run or off of his back foot. Not exactly the prototypical throwing style that we’ve come to know and love from him.
2) Running back by committee flat out doesn’t work.  Why? Why do it? Why not stick with Taylor on first and second down and Faulk on 3rd down. Let Maroney do kick off retuns (poorly) and Morris do special teams and back up Taylor if he needs a break. To bring in running backs at random times doesn’t allow for any of them to get into the flow of the game. To see what the defense is doing. To see who is tiring on the defensive side of the ball. It is flat out inane.
3) I am thoroughly impressed with the play of Mike Wright. He is no Richard Seymour but he comes on the cheap. To be an un-drafted free agent from Cincinnati and become a starter in the NFL is very impressive. However one area of major improvement for him is to get off the ball when it is snapped. If anyone has DVR’d the atrocity that we witnessed today, go back and watch all of the defensive snaps that he is in for.  Wilfork is off like dart and Wright is delayed getting up and going. It may be only a split second, but in the NFL, that split second allows the offensive lineman to get off the ball and downfield on a running play or get his back pedaling going for a passing play. For examples see Exhibit A, Jets running game today.  He plays with heart but now he’s got to play quicker. 
4) 9 minutes to go 3rd and short and the Patriots run a strung out running play to the short side of the field. I don’t even have a pun or insight to provide here. I just find it absolutely insane to try that play without a pure speed back.   The Jets line got fantastic push and yet another Patriots drive was stopped dead in its’ tracks.
5) The formation that I want to see forever is 4 wide.  Edelman and Welker in the slots. Moss and Galloway (or someone with a pair of hands and knows which routes to run and knows what Brady is thinking and doing) on the outside.  With Fred Taylor in the backfield for first and second down and Kevin Faulk for 3rd down.  With those 4 outside, you need to have at least 1 safety rolling to Moss’ side of the field. Assuming man coverage, a team couldn’t send more then 6 rushers against 6 blockers. Welker always gets open. Edelman proved that he can too.  Let’s show this formation a bit next week against a tough Atlanta team
BONUS points)
a) From a positive note, at least we didn’t have to listen to Phil Simms today
b) More from the glass half full department: Gostkowski is my fantasy kicker
c) Pat Chung made a huge impact on the game today.  Meanwhile in Green Bay Ray Malaluga was a beast. No, I won’t let this go. 
d) For those of you not fortunate enough to have the Sunday Ticket Super Nerd errr Fan package, I was lucky to see something none of the rest of you will. When Chad Ochodicko scored his touchdown, he found some Bengal fans to leap into the stands.  Nearby Packer fans wisely flipped the camera the bird, thereby rendering the shot useless for the public to see. Good job taking the camera off the idiot and back on the field.  What is not known is whether or not the fan was ejected. He  should have been given a suite.
e) Sanchez is the real deal. Take the training wheels off the kid.
f) I can’t believe that Kerry Rhodes was right. The Jets did embarrass the Patriots today.
g) Did Jets fans really start a Brady sucks chant?  3 Super Bowls in nine years VS. the last significant win in Jets franchise history was Super Bowl 3.  Typical New York class.

Jets Fans Are Really Annoying!

First off, the Jets played a great game.  They are a team on the right track, between a much improved defense, a young QB that has talent, and a coach that seems to know how to think outside the box on the field.  So hats off to the Jets and looking forward to watching them this season. I hope they choke at the hands of the Patriots but I think it’s pretty foolish to not recognize that they are for real.  With that said I have to shift to another direction, Jet’s Fans.

-You have the overfed groups of 4 guys with their stomachs painted (how cliche)
-The over abundance of halloween customers (I saw someone wearing a gorilla mask)
-The idiot guy (below) that thinks he is doing a Broadway Show every home game. I bet he records every game so he can see himself on TV.


It is just too much for me to handle.  They might be the most annoying fans in all of sports and this isn’t because I am sour from a loss yesterday. I said in the first paragraph that the team is legit and we may have our hands full with them but their fans are enough to just hate the team all together.

So I ask all you fellow Chowdaheadz out there that know a Jets fan to begin tormenting them. Pillage their homes, steal their wallets, graffiti their autos, and take it to the next level because they need to be stopped before this gets out of hand.

New England A Little Jetlagged…

Patriots Stumble At The Meadowlands



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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots may not have been “embarrassed” by Kerry Rhodes and company, but the Pats were defeated by the New York Jets at the Meadowlands for the first time in nine years as the Jets (2-0) beat the Pats (1-1) 16-9 on Sunday.  

Mark Sanchez impressed Bill Belichick and an undermanned Pats squad, finishing up with a scoreline of 14-for-22 for 163 yards and a touchdown.  Sanchez heated up in the second half, leading the Jets to TD in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth as Brady and the offense were shut out in the second half, handing TB his first loss in 22 regular season starts and ending New England’s streak of scoring a touchdown in every game since Dec. 10 2006 at Miami, which was Brady’s last loss in the regular season.  

Both Wes Welker and Jerod Mayo were inactive for Sunday’s game, forcing Julian Edelman to step up in place of Welker, and Gary Guyton and Pierre Woods to fill in for Mayo.  Edelman caught eight passes for 98 yards, followed by Joey Galloway who had five receptions for 53 yards.  Brady, 23-for-47 for 216 yards, went without a score and threw one pick as the Patriots air attack was stymied once inside the red zone.  

The Patriots will look to get back in synch next week as the Atlanta Falcons come to Foxoborough as Matt Ryan and the 2-0 Falcons come into New England fresh off a 28-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers.   

Poll Question: Who Will Win The Pats/Jets Game?

Submit Your Answers In The Comment Section Below

A) The Patriots Will Win, But A Nail-Bitter, By Less Than A Touchdown.

B) The Jets Will Win, In A Close Contest, With Mark Sanchez Leading The Charge.

C) The Patriots Will Win, A Blowout At The Meadowlands, As Belichick Confuses the Rookie Quarterback and Brady Shakes Off All The Rust.

D) The Jets Will Win, Rhodes & Company Will “Embarrass” The Pats, As The Jets Hand New England It’s First Loss Of The Season.

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Brooks Coming To New England?

Could Patriots Be Courting Free Agent Linebacker?

With Jerod Mayo on the mend for 3-6 weeks, the New England Patriots may be shopping for some help for their thin linebacking core.  So, in the, old but still highly decorated linebacking bin, lies Derrick Brooks.    

Brooks, 36, is a veteran free agent, unemployed thanks in large part to Raheem Morris and his need to make Tampa Bay younger and faster.  Without Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, and now Mayo, the Patriots linebacking core has become a glaring weakness for the defense, forcing Bill Belichick’s squad to move to more of a 4-3 scheme.  

However, with an addition of a veteran like Brooks, Belichick could rely on an experienced force to lead a relatively young and inexperienced squad.  For more on this story check out the new espnboston.    

Pats In A Pickle Without Mayo

Patriots Linebacker Diagnosed With MCL Sprain

The New England Patriots are now in a limbo.  Bill Belichick and the Patriots (1-0) find themselves in a pickle without their highly touted linebacker, Jerod Mayo, who may be out of action for the next six t0 eight weeks with a sprained in his right medical collateral ligament. 

After a 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, New England heads to the Meadowlands to face the New York Jets.  Without Mayo in the fold, the Pats will have to rely upon two-year man Gary Guyton, an undrafted free agent, who they pick up in 2008.  After Mayo’s injury in the first half, Belichick’s defense went to a 4-3 scheme for a majority of the game, featuring a four-man line with three linebackers.  

Mike Wright, Ron Brace, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, and Guyton will have to step up without the presence of Mayo in the lineup. Luckily for New England, their quarterback on defense won’t be out for the entire season much like the knee injury that forced Tom Brady to miss all of 2008.   

Amsey 5 – Arogance Abound

For those of you new to the Amsey 5- I give you the 5 points of the previous game that you’re not going to find in the mainstream media outlets. 
1) The personal foul penalty on Vince Wilfork for his form tackle and on Adaleius Thomas for sacking Trent Edwards were absolutely atrocious.  The ability to play defense in this league gets harder by the week. The defensive backs can’t breathe on anyone without getting a pass interference or illegal hands call.  The lineman aren’t allowed to tackle the quarterback too hard. What are we playing, two hand touch?  I am formally submitting my rule change idea to the NFL this week.  You think I am kidding but how far are we away from FLAGS on quarterbacks.  A sack constitutes getting to the quarterback and pulling his flag.  No reason to have a grey area. The quartebacks can be in their bubbles and the defensive players can gingerly reach for the flags.  No one would get hit. No one would get hurt. After the game they’ll be punch and pie for everyone as they sing ‘Kumbaya’.  This league is heading down a very slippery slope.  Excessive commercials, unwatchable rules and call reversals, and the whipped cream on top- Labor dispute could be leading to a disaster. The NFL is on top of the world like the NBA was during the Bird/Magic to Jordan transgression.  Just like baseball was in the late 90’s with the steroid era in full swing. The NFL is there now, but as the great Jerry Glanville stated when head coach of the Houston Oilers, the way this shtick is heading, it may stand for Not For Long.
2)  Who didn’t love the Patriots jerseys? Hell, who didn’t love the Raider or Charger jerseys? Can we just go back in time with the uniforms.  Pat the patriot is the most iconic figure New England Sports have ever seen. Besides maybe Lucky the Leprechaun.  Let’s retire the Flying Elvis and bring back Pat!
3)  Was it just me, or did the Patriots only bring a blitz when the Bills had a screen play called?  The only pressure on Edwards all game was in the final desperation series when all receivers were going long down field into multiple defenders. Most of the game there was no pressure at all. (And when they did get pressure they forgot to pull the flag and got nailed with personal foul penalties.)  Our first team defensive backs now don the silver and green in Philadelphia.  Trent Edwards may not know how to attack down field with a lot of time in the pocket but Chad Pennington and Peyton Manning do.  There needs to be some semblance of a rush
4) I am optimistic that the exact same report from the Patriots locker room -“knee injury- questionable return” for Jerrod Mayo is a better forecast then  given last year for Tom Brady against the Chiefs.  The Pats cannot afford to lose a linebacker, especially the reigning defensive rookie of the year.  Now, I’ll digress from the injury to the topic that I just cannot get off of.  Why in the world did the Pats draft Patrick Chung. Undrafted  2005 free agent Brandon McGowan was the 3rd safety last night. Chung was a chump in the preseason and the number 34 overall pick of the draft is invisible.  Meanwhile in linebacker land, James Laurinitis is starting in St. Louis and Ray Malaluga was blowing people up all over the field in Cincinnati.  The arrogant brain trust decided that even though they had 2 solid starting safeties in Merriweather and Sanders, that they would use their top pick (traded down 13 times) on a backup irrelevant safety. I hope Chung makes me eat my words but right now I’d be doing backflips with Malaluga at outside linebacker right now.
5) There is no doubt that Leodis McKelvin’s fumble was the key to the victory last evening but he compounded his idiocracy with his quote after the game.  ” If I had 100 more times to run it out, I’d do it every time because that’s who I am.”  What are you  Dan Akroyd in Tommy Boy as Mr. Zalinski?  What a moron.  Leodis;  You are up 5.  about 2 minutes left. You have the HANDS  team in to recover an onside kick. You have no blocking. You are BACKPEDALING. There are 10 Patriots flying at you with, again, no blockers. And your arrogance, cockiness, and inability to make a pretty easy call lost your team the game. Never mind that you were fighting for an extra yard instead of just going to the ground when you reached traffic.  You may have racked up the most yards in the league last year on kick returns but you are solely responsible for your team losing last night.
Bonus- For any of you knuckleheads like me that stayed up to watch the Raiders Chargers last night, is there a worse, overpaid quarterback in this league then Russell? He airmails every pass over heads, dances in the pocket nervously, and the zinger- throws like Vince Young.  No wonder he held out almost a month a few seasons ago to get as much money as possible because he damn well knew that this would be his only big contract he’d ever get. That guy sucks.  He better prey that Al Davis forgets to take his senility pills and gives him an extension or he’ll be the next Rohan Davey in 2 years. (Without the rings.)

Patriots Rally To Tame Bills

Brady & Watson Lead Improbable Comeback

He’s back.

Tom Brady made his way back to the playing field on Monday and made Patriots fans remember what it’s like to cheer for a team with No. 12 at the helm.  It took a few quarters for Brady to get comfortable, but it was vintage Tom Terrific in the fourth quarter as the New England icon led the Pats to two touchdowns with under six minutes remaining to beat the Buffalo Bills 25-24.  

Brady went 12-for-14 for 112 yards and two scores in his final two drives, connecting both times with Ben Watson.  New England, or for the sake of Monday night, Boston Patriots, trailed 24-13 with more than half of the fourth quarter over.  But that’s the time when the Patriots, and Brady shine, and that’s exactly what they did on Monday Night Football.  New England’s special team also stepped up in the final minutes to force a fumble from Buffalo’s Leodis McKelvin as place-kicker Stephen Gostkowski scooped up the ball to give Brady and New England an opportunity to take the lead.  And that’s exactly what they did.

Bill Belichick’s defense held up well to the Bills no-huddle offense and stayed strong even without the presence of Jerod Mayo, who went down with a knee injury, for a majority of the game.  Randy Moss led all receivers with 141 receiving yards, certainly happy having No. 12 throwing him spirals again in 2009.

The Patriots have now won 12 straight over conference-rival Buffalo as the Bills have lost their last three MNF games.  New England (1-0) heads to New York (1-0) to face Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez, and the rest of a dynamic Jets squad next Sunday.

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Patriots Preview

Inside Look To New England’s Matchup With The Buffalo Bills

A new year. A new story. A new Tom Brady?  The New England Patriots kickoff their 2009 season with the Buffalo Bills in Foxoborough on Monday night as the Patriots look to shut down the new-look Bills who have some new-faces, most notably Terrell Owens.  The Patriots will honor the 50th anniversary of the National Football League by wearing their Boston Patriots, red-uniforms.  
Tom Brady suits up for the Patriots on Monday night for the first time since treaing his ACL on opening day of last year, forcing him to miss the entire 2008 campaign due to injury.  Brady looks to lead an explosive offense that strikes similar comparisons to their 2007 version.  New England will carry five running backs on its active roster and welcomes Joey Galloway to a revamped receiving core led by Randy Moss and Wes Welker.   
Five veterans are now missing from the New England defense, Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Mike Vrabel, and Rodney Harrison, are all either retired or donning new jerseys, so Bill Belichick and company will rely upon Defensive Rookie of the Year, Jerod Mayo, to step up and take charge for this defensive unit.  The additions of Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs should help solidify the defensive backfield and shut-down receivers like T.O. in 2009 with Derrick Burgess coming off the edge and pressuring Trent Edwards.  
So the questions that remain are whether or not the defense can hold up to a Bills no huddle offense with no clear-cut leaders.  Also, the main quibble on the mind of all Patriot fans is the health of Tom Brady’s surgically repaired knee.  If Brady can prove that he can maneuver around the pocket and evade oncoming pass-rushers, the Patriots offense should be rolling on all levels.
Keep an eye on the chess match between Dick Jauron and Belichick.  The two head coaches have great respect for each other and the special teams and field-positioning battles should be interesting to watch.  
Final Prediction: Patriots 31-20

Ay Ay Captain

Patriots Announce Captains For 2009 Season

With a revolving door of personal at Foxoborough nowadays, the New England Patriots finally announced their captains for 2009 four days before they kick off their season against the Buffalo Bills.  New England selected two captains from offense and defense and one from special teams.  Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, and Sam Aiken are the five players chosen to represent the Patriots at the 50-yard-line before games.

Wilfork and Moss head into their second year as captains as Mayo and Aiken begin their fist campaign with C’s on their chest.  Last year, the Patriots captains were Brady, Moss, Matt light, Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, and Larry Izzo.   With four of last year’s eight captains either traded or retired, the Patriots will look to a new group of men to lead the squad this year on and off the field. 

ESPN’s Newest Member Is One Of Our Own

Bruschi Tackles New Position At ESPN

With the birth of ESPNBoston.com set to come the same day the New England Patriots take the field on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills, it would only be fitting that Tedy Bruschi would help kick of the festivities.

Bruschi, who recently just retired from the Patriots, will join ESPN as an NFL analyst and will provide insight on the website, “Sportscenter”, “NFL Live”, and other ESPN networks.  Bruschi retired after 13 seasons in New England.  

Poll Question: Is The Seymour Trade A Good Move?

What Do You Think About the Richard Seymour Trade?

a) I don’t like the move.  It hurts the Pats in 2009 and I liked Big Sey.

b) It doesn’t make any sense to me, but I guess in Bill We Trust. Right?

c) I like this move. We get a guaranteed high pick and Seymour’s best days are behind him.

d) Im not sure what to think, if their defensive line holds up I guess it’s a good move but I will wait until 2011 to see who we actually get in return.

 

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