Not all day long, to be fair. During and after the last drive of the first half, they more or less solidified. Maybe it was that the Saints stopped blitzing as much (but I don't know the numbers on that), maybe because the Pats changed to somewhat different playcalling during that drive at the end of the first half that forced them to do so. And after they did, the offense began moving the ball pretty successfully, even if it didn't amount to a lot of points for... reasons...The OL got schooled all day long.
Second all of this. Belichick gets an assist for trading away Sony, considering he'd be the one getting the touches instead of Bolden.1. The pass protection
2. Jonnu Smith, who got his hands on 5 pass attempts but ended with 1 catch for 4 yards and 4 drops including one that became a pick 6. They weren't easy passes to catch, but still, he had chances to make plays and the only one he made was a TD for the other team
3. Josh McDaniels. First and 10 on the 11: two runs to Bolden for a total gain of 0. Why does Mac struggle in the red zone? Partly because Josh calls so many pointless running plays.
Mac wasn't great, but he found a bit of a rhythm late, only to be let down one last time by the defense, which actually played well for most of the second half before laying down at they end - as they did in Miami, too.
Meyers and Bourne did some nice work at times, esepcially Bourne's brillant work to stay on bounds on his TD catch.
Judon made some very good plays, but on the crucial 3rd and 6 late, he was easily blocked.
I'm at the point of not giving a shit about continuity or anything else like that. Onwenu is a much better tackle than Herron and Durant, and Karras is a much better guard than Herron/Durant are tackles. If Trent Brown isn't available, Onwenu has to be moved outside for next week. Jones might not survive otherwise.The offense....that's another conversation. Goat goes to the offensive line, which was terrible, and has been bad all season so far. Biggest disappointment for the team by a MILE thus far.
Disappointing game all around. Smith needs to sit for at least a game. Henry has been only marginally better. Neither one looks at all like the players they were last year. OL appears its going to be a season-long mess, which is a huge disappointment.
As for the defense, situational defense is a skill, and so it matters when the D gives up a killer drive at the end of the game where they just could not get off the field. Hightower is definitely cooked. Judon is clearly not 100% as he was easily pushed aside in that final drive.
Coaching staff should take the blame for benching Stevenson in place of Bolden.
Only bright spots were Mac Jones, Myers, Bourne, and Folk.
Man your sports life suuuuuuucks right now doesn’t it?Everyone. One of the most uninspired performances I’ve seen in the last 20 years. No urgency. No ability to make stops when necessary. Stupid, sloppy mistakes. I could have sworn it was a preseason game.
This game should have been a blowout and they’re lucky they only lost by 15.
I don’t understand what the fuck McDaniels is doing about 90% of the time. He’s absolutely awful.
This weekend has been brutal. I follow Norwich City too, it’s nothing but pain.Man your sports life suuuuuuucks right now doesn’t it?
That’s a very bad sign of how far Jones needs to come to be a good NFL QB. Situational awareness needs to be a lot better.View: https://twitter.com/ezlazar/status/1442230955578564612?s=20
Lazar saying it sounds like Mac may have been checking into some of the bad run plays. I’m not going to defend McD, but may not all be on him…
@Smiling Joe Hesketh man I am with you on TB next week. It feels like it’s going to be a bloodbath. And honestly this team fucking sucks to watch. I watch a loooooot of ball these days from college to the NFL. This team is one of the most painful to watch. Even their defense is not as innovative as it has been in other years. It’s just bad and boring. Even the special teams has been bad.
I feel like this is the theme of the day.