Patriots vs Redskins: The Aftermath

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

That one was really scary.

Still though, it was a win and this is a team heading into the last three games of the season at 10-3 hoping to seal up a first round bye. There are plenty of things you’ll see me complain about, but before we get into that, let’s be happy with the win.

-I’ve spent way too much time defending this Patriots pass defense/secondary. Today, the entire defense was pathetic. The Redskins were playing three backup offensive linemen today, and their only two starters at center and right guard are among the worst in the league. The Patriots were able to rush Grossman (2 sacks, 7 QB hits), but the secondary couldn’t do anything but leave WRs wide open and make costly mistakes.

-Patriots won the turnover battle with 2:1 and the penalty battle with 4-47:8:73.

-Dane Fletcher played a great game. He was really missed and should play a huge part in the Patriots playoff run as a 4th linebacker.

-Devin McCourty played his worst half of the season in the first half. He did a pretty good job of coming back in the second half with some good plays, but he can’t have another half like that.

-James Ihedigbo is terrible in coverage, I have no idea who should play the second safety position when Patrick Chung comes back. Maybe Matt Slater.

-Nick McDonald had a down game after last week. We saw some of Ryan Wendell at times. We also saw Marcus Cannon during plays where Nate Solder was lined up at TE.

-Gronk and Hernandez are two really fun players to watch. Gronk cannot be stopped and Hernandez makes the same move after every catch and no one seems to be able to do anything against it.

-Some terrible officiating today, at least it went both ways.

-Interesting to see the confrontation between Bill O’Brien and Tom Brady on the sideline, from what we saw, O’Brien seemed to flip a little more than he needed to.

-Pats are gonna need to run the ball more to win in the playoffs. Washington dominated the time of possession.

-This was the worst we’ve seen the Patriots run defense. Chung and Spikes should shore that up.

-I don’t know why Tiquan Underwood was in as the second wide receiver on Brady’s interception. I know Branch was hurt, but there’s no way Ochocinco is worse than Tiquan. That was a bad decision by Brady, but also a bad route by Underwood.

I’ll have more tomorrow in my six keys to victory column. The Patriots should have dominated the Redskins offense and couldn’t. This wasn’t garbage time they were letting up yards either. Every yard of this game counted and every play needs to be looked at by Belichick and his coaching staff.

A win is a win, but this one was ugly to say the least.

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22 Responses to “Patriots vs Redskins: The Aftermath”

  1. Big Dan From Maine says:

    With Haley getting fired in KC what do you think the chances of a reunion with Romeo Crenell? That is definately something that could get that defense back up to par.

    Our Defense hasn’t been the same since he left.

    • D.T. says:

      Yes please! Weis and McDaniels aren’t coming back but Crennel is a good coordinator who could really help us.

      Only thing is that KC really likes him. They’ll probably retain him and look for a HC/OC

    • Ryan says:

      What are the chances? zero Once your gone you don’t come back.

  2. Ryan says:

    This week will ultimately come down to discipline, on both sides of the ball. The pressure will be on the defense all week, and it will be in my opinion of the best tests our defense has seen in the past 4-5 games. It should be an awesome game to watch, lets hope our defense steps up like we want them too.

  3. D.T. says:

    Also, we play the Tebow Show this coming week. Thoughts? Can the hype be any greater? Given our inability to put teams away, I think the Broncos have a very good chance given they’re playing at home in that mile high air.

    Also, if Chung, Spikes, return for this game, I think my theory about BB trying out different rotations would be validated.

    • qwerty says:

      Patriots have always had trouble playing in Denver.

      Chung and Spikes will likely return to game but that is a no brainer and doesn’t prove anything.

    • TD says:

      BB is rotating guys in the secondary in search of some guys that can actually carry out their defensive assignments.

      Ihedigbo was a disaster against Wash. as was McCourty in the 1st half. I almost threw my TV out the window when they ran it on 3rd and 1 and got zero yards in the 4th Qtr. They ran straight into the strength of the formation! That and Brady’s awful end zone INT and Washington had a chance to tie/win in the last seconds. Bad, bad coaching and quarterback play.

  4. D.T. says:

    Here’s my theory.

    We have Chung who’s been held out for safety reasons (read: avoiding injury in meaningless games)
    We have Ihedigbo playing along with Matthew Slater. Over all the other safeties on the roster who are not being cut.
    We have Arrington playing lights out. And Edelman, McCourty, Nate Jones playing with him. What does this say to me?

    The Patriots are treating these games like preseason games. Basically, they’re rotating all kinds of players in. Why do you think Spikes is given so much time to recover while we give playing time to Koutovides and White? They’re getting everybody game experience, that’s what. And so far, the Patriots have been stout in the red zone. Ultimately, points are what matter.

    Also, by winning ugly, BB keeps the Patriots motivated. I don’t foresee a repeat of last years’ playoffs when the Patriots roll into Foxborough and then get crushed. This year they are motivated.

    • qwerty says:

      the problem with that theory is

      1) doesn’t explain why sergio brown is still on roster

      2) why secondary players that performed better on field were let go

      3) you will have a secondary that will go into the playoff with very little time playing together hence increases the chances of miscommunication which will cause major mistakes

      4) why mccourty doesn’t look behind him for the ball like he did last year

      the clock is ticking and everyone hopes that BB has a miracle plan –

      maybe trade for tebow and have him play in the secondary 🙂

  5. Ryan says:

    Fact: If the defense continues to give up huge plays regardless of running or passing, we will not win a playoff game.

    • qwerty says:

      may not be able to beat even houston

      • Ryan says:

        What I’m trying to do here is prep the readers of this website so when the “unthinkable” happens we are some what prepared. To maybe save a few people from the “fire bill chants” or the “trade brady chants”.

        I’m hoping that unlike in past years we are more healthy going into the playoffs, IF we make them. Chung, Vollemer, Spikes, Fletcher, Connolly, will hopefully be back. Not only that thee offense is more prepared, more RB’s more WR’s. It may not seem like it, but I think our team is better than last year.

  6. xGiovanni03x says:

    Man our Defense is really runing on overdrive lately. I mean who would of known we would have so many new players and offensive players playing Alot of Defensive snaps. But as we can see it shows how Bill is really a great coach. i mean this whole year we have been remodeling our defense and still been able to win good games. offensively we had sum probs but still managed to get some nice plays down the field and keep moving the ball. i dont question our offense that much but our D is really our weekest link. one thing is sure this postseason anything can happened.(except for the packers since according to the media they are gods)

    • qwerty says:

      most of those wins were the product of a high powered offense

    • Big Dan From Maine says:

      Im sorry but you need to take the rose colored galsses off. Our Defense is not improving, its getting worse. The poor personell decisions will derail us early in the playoffs again. We will definately make the playoffs I cannot see us loosing 3 straight games but thats the offense that will carry us.

      Guys just think if we had hit on one reciever in the last 6 years in the draft to go along with welker.

      If either of those new running backs could get going

      If one of the cornerbacks we drafted could cover.

      “coulda shoulda woulda” we would be undefeated at this point

  7. qwerty says:

    >James Ihedigbo is terrible in coverage, I have no idea who should play the second safety position when Patrick Chung comes back.

    we’ll just put Sterling Moore in there. he’s decent

    oh wait … he was cut

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