The Patriots can re-sign Talib at any time and I agree with you that he’s been the team’s most valuable player so far. Whether the Patriots decide to do so before the end of the year remains to be seen, but it is an option. I don’t believe Brady’s extension won’t have much of a bearing on Talib’s potential deal, though. Brady’s decision won’t likely factor into Talib’s when he’s deciding what to do. If he wants to stay and is willing to do so at less than he could get in free agency, he will. But oftentimes players want to hit the open market to find the best deal. I don’t know what Talib will think, and with his hip bothering perhaps that may lead him to sign earlier in an effort to play it safe. His future will be very interesting.
The only way he would be placed on IR is if the injury prevents him from playing moving forward. We all know the situation at this point. He’s still waiting to receive full medical clearance. If that doesn’t change in the next few weeks, perhaps they’ll put him on injured reserve. But I don’t think they’ll do that because of any distraction, and I certainly don’t think they haven’t missed him. The offense hasn’t been anywhere near as consistent as it needs to be and nobody will convince me a healthy Gronkowski wouldn’t change that. They need him and I don’t expect him to wind up on IR.
I’m a huge stats guy. When watching the New Orleans game, I thought I saw
To answer the last part, actually no. If the quarterback is deemed to be a runner it goes as a tackle for loss and not a sack. Drew Brees was trying to hit a naked bootleg on the last third down for the Saints and Jones managed to trip him up. But he was running the ball so it does not go down as a sack. I’m not sure what other instance you are referring to with regard to Jones but my guess would be it was a similar situation. I know Cincy’s Andy Dalton attempted a few runs for the Bengals and Jones’ tackle behind the line similarly wouldn’t go down as a sack. Either way the tackle of Brees represented a huge play to allow the Patriots to get the ball back.
Although far from a complete performance I think the Saints victory was the most satisfying of the season, what a roller coaster from the interception to that vintage Brady drive for the win. I was just wondering what your take was on the goal line series earlier in the game, we had the ball on the Saints 1-yard line and ran the ball twice with no effect, on third-and-goal when they lined up it appeared that Brady changed the play and we ran the ball and again came up short.
I think this is a huge overreaction. Brady hasn’t been perfect this season. Some of that has been of his doing to be certain. I thought he missed an open
As for the summation of the goal-line series, first, it was first-and-goal at the 9 and
What do you think of
Wilson was placed on season-ending injured reserve and is not eligible to play for the Patriots in 2013.
I don’t like your offensive line change for starters. We saw a glimpse of Cannon in the lineup against the Saints and Brady was sacked a season-high five times. Connolly was out with a concussion so he wasn’t at center, but I feel
Considering the offensive line has struggled at times this season, giving up many sacks and pressuring Tom Brady into bad throws, how come the Patriots let Brian Waters walk to Dallas where he has solidified their line?
Waters didn’t want to play for New England and made it clear he would remain retired unless he got a chance to play in his home state of Texas. So, the Patriots could have continued to maintain his rights but he would not have played for them and solidified their line. Waters would have stayed retired.
Why are we not seeing much more of Josh Boyce?
As I just mentioned, I too would like to see more of Boyce, but I can only assume the rookie isn’t performing well enough in practice in order to get those opportunities. Boyce has clearly been No. 3 in the pecking order among the rookie wideouts since training camp, and the fact that he’s now a healthy scratch tells me that’s still the case. I admit that I’m intrigued by his speed and athleticism but if he’s not earning a role I don’t want to just give him one. There’s still a lot of season left, though, so perhaps Boyce can still emerge.
I’m not sure I completely understand what it is you’re trying to do with this lineup. It sounds like you want four wide receivers on the field at the same time in Amendola, Edelman, Dobson and Thompkins. If that’s the case defenses aren’t going to put linebackers against wide receivers consistently. Sometimes that happens when teams get caught with the wrong personnel on the field, but teams would treat Amendola or Edelman as receivers even if they lined up in the backfield. In fact they’d welcome the opportunity to adjust to a running play with either used as a traditional back. Both have been used on end arounds and such, but as true backs I’m not sure they’d be solid options running between the tackles and taking more unnecessary punishment. The Patriots used many formations and alignments with their varied personnel and do a good job of finding mismatches but I’m not sure having no backs on the field with Edelman or Amendola behind Brady allows them to do that.
Curious to know why some players each year get signed and then released repeatedly, e.g.
Actually, Cole has been treated quite well by Belichick in this merry-go-round as you referred to it. Cole was dealing with a sore hamstring that was going to prevent him from playing against the Falcons and Bengals. It wasn’t serious enough to place him on season-ending IR, but the team wanted to replace him on the roster for those games. So they released Cole and hoped no one would sign an injured special teams player and promoted
Why are the Pats not aggressively pursuing a trade for Tony Gonzalez (even if they need to give a 2nd or 3rd round pick in 2014) as Atlanta is pretty much done for the season and Pats can go to a two TE offense with Gronkowski coming back soon (actually the two together would be scary for opposing defenses) and they can truly compete with the likes of Broncos and Saints?
First, who says the Patriots aren’t aggressively pursuing such a trade. I have no idea what kinds of calls the Patriots are making, or not, regarding the trade deadline. Second, who says Gonzalez is available? Falcons coach Mike Smith vehemently shot that notion down last week. Perhaps he was not being truthful but I can’t assume Gonzalez would be available. Obviously Gonzalez would be a huge addition but I wouldn’t bet on it.
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