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Monday Night Massacre: A Patriots Pictorial Essay of Tom Brady’s 26 Pass Plays vs. Chiefs

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Tom Brady and the Patriots' passing game saw the results hinge on the seconds and the routes. (Denny Medley - USA Today Sports Images)

For Tom Brady and the Patriots’ passing game, it came down to the routes and the seconds afforded for them versus the Chiefs. (Denny Medley – USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Development takes time.

The New England Patriots’ passing game hasn’t afforded itself enough through the first four weeks of 2014. And it all came to a head for quarterback Tom Brady and the offense against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night.

Brady was behind center for only 38 snaps over nine series. He went 14-of-23 passing for 159 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and two sacks over that span, departing for the sidelines early in the fourth quarter with a 41-7 score.

There was nothing more the offense could do. The Patriots didn’t appear built to close the gap. Not defensively, and not through the air nor ground.

New England’s running game was turned to for 16 carries, 75 yards and two first downs, but it was unable to work symbiotically with an aerial attack that netted just 10 first downs. The Patriots went 2-for-9 on third down, and failed to establish a rhythm in between the Chiefs’ 36 minutes of possession.

There was a difference in calibration between the two sides.

The field was seldom spread by the patterns of the New England’s receivers during the Week 4 tilt at Arrowhead Stadium. And in an effort to get the ball out quickly, there were few elements of surprise between Brady and his connections.

That allowed the Chiefs to respond accordingly, transitioning from a two-deep to a single-high secondary, dropping a safety down into the box to congest the underneath. The front brought pressure with a four-man rush. And the Patriots, in turn, were tasked with beating them at their own game.

New England was not going to beat Kansas City solely over the middle on screens, slants and in routes. Brady and the Patriots route-runners were going to have to beat the defense vertically, down the sideline or deep over the middle.

But the tools weren’t there. The routes weren’t there. And the time in the pocket was not, either.

Over the course of Brady’s 26 pass plays versus the Chiefs, the seconds and routes mattered. The following is a breakdown of the results. (more…)


Is Josh McDaniels the “Coach in Waiting” in New England?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Josh McDaniels Patriots Belichick

Will Josh McDaniels take over for Bill Belichick someday? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer Joon Lee

The big, long-term Patriots news was that Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels would not be interviewing for any head coaching jobs this offseason. McDaniels had been linked to the Cleveland Browns head coaching jobs earlier in the week and was likely going to interview for multiple head coaching jobs this offseason.

Now this is all purely speculation, but the idea was brought up today on Felger and Mazz that the reason McDaniels did not want to interview for any jobs was because Belichick would be retiring in the next couple of years.

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New England Patriots vs San Francisco 49ers: Patriots Ultimately Come Up Short

Monday, December 17th, 2012
Randy Moss Patriots Game

Randy Moss had an eventful homecoming in New England. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

On a bizarre night that featured a ten minute Ed Hochuli-induced delay, multiple turnovers, a 28 point deficit and some brutal conditions, the Patriots ultimately couldn’t get it done.

Read about the instant classic 41-34 loss here.

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New England Patriots at St. Louis Rams: Ten Keys to Week Eight

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Josh McDaniels leads the most criticized top-ranked offense ever into London. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

One week after being taken to overtime by the New York Jets, the Patriots travel to London for a matchup against Jeff Fisher’s competitive St. Louis Rams squad.

The Rams are 3-4 on the season but have a physical, aggressive defense which has led them to victories over the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals; New England must dispatch St. Louis in order to avoid entering their bye week with a .500 record.

Read on for ten keys to this weekend’s game.

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Josh McDaniels Shouldn’t Take the Blame for Early Losses

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Has Josh McDaniels lived up to expectations this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Through the first seven games of their regular season, the New England Patriots have failed to live up to expectations. Fourth-quarter mistakes cost the Patriots losses in three of their first six games, and although they did defeat the New York Jets to move back above .500 and into first place in the AFC East, it took overtime to do so after another late-game collapse.

Whenever a team fails to live up to expectations and suffers bad losses, the team’s fans will inevitably apportion blame upon specific players and/or coaches in the organization. The one person who may be taking the most criticism of any Patriot thus far, however, is offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

While there is certainly plenty of blame to go around, and McDaniels deserves a share of it for some questionable fourth-quarter playcalling, he doesn’t deserve the brunt of it.

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Patriots Offense Fails to Seal the Deal

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Tom Brady Seahawks CB

Tom Brady didn’t have a good second half.

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

This was a complete and utter disaster. This was the worst and most demoralizing non-Super Bowl loss in a while. This beats 4th and 2. This beats them all. This was one of the worst Patriots losses in recent memory.

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Patriots vs Eagles: 10 Keys to Week Two of the Preseason

Sunday, August 19th, 2012
Tom Brady Josh McDaniels

Can Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels get the offense back on track? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

It seems like a long time since the Patriots snuck out of New Orleans with a 7-6 victory. Here are ten things to watch for when the Patriots and Eagles match up on Monday Night Football.

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