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October 17, 2007
Projo PatsTalk with Shalise Manza Young: Unstoppable?
Click here to listen to projo PatsTalk with Shalise Manza Young. The topics: Could we have seen this offensive juggernaut coming? If the blitz doesn't work, how do you defense Brady? Can Miami's defense have any of the success they've had in the past against New England? Should we be concerned about the health of the running attack? How does the team feel about the way the defense has played?
Here are some excerpts from Shalise's comments.
Did you see this kind of offensive production coming? "I don't think anyone really expected that. Maybe Bill Belichick did. It's not that easy to score in the NFL, but they make it look pretty easy. ... Especially when you look at this Dallas game -- they had no running game, 75 total yards -- but yet somehow they managed to hold on to the ball for 38 minutes. So that just underscores how really good this team is offensively."
Could Miami's defense present problems again? "Jason Taylor has always had good success [against Tom Brady] ... They could have some success, but the Miami defense is starting to look old. I've always looked at the Miami roster, and I've been like, 'Gee hasn't Zach Thomas been in the league forever?' and it just seems like they've been around a long time. Well, they're starting to get to that point where, yes, they have been around a long time, and it's starting to affect them. ... The other thing is, if the offense isn't on the field for a long time, then the defense is out there for a long time, so they're being asked to do a lot more."
Injuries to the running game: "Last week Bill said that [Laurence] Maroney was going to be a game-time decision ... he may be a game-time decision again this week. They certainly will need him, because there's a report that [Sammy]Morris will be out a month, I haven't been able to follow that up yet, and I also have seen that they brought in Kevan Barlow for a workout this week."
Posted by Mike McDermott at 11:11 AM | Permalink
Regarding the Colts running up the score in 2004 as the Patriots are obviously doing so this year, here are some facts you conveniently left out:
Of Manning’s 49 TD passes, just one came in the fourth quarter of a one-sided game.
The Colts beat Houston 49-14. Manning threw five TD passes, none in the fourth quarter.
The Colts beat Chicago 41-10. Manning had four TD passes. Jim Sorgi played the fourth quarter.
The Colts beat Detroit 41-9. Manning threw for six TD passes. Sorgi went into the game with 1:15 left in the third quarter.
The Colts beat Tennessee 51-24. Manning's last TD pass, his fourth of the game, made it 48-24 with 13 minutes left. That's when Sorgi entered the game.
By comparison, Brady has thrown six fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the Patriots' first eight games, five of them with a lead of 17 points or more.
And of course there is this ultimate difference that Brady and the Patriots would NEVER do: Peyton Manning was a touchdown pass from breaking Dan Marino's single-season record against Baltimore (need I remind you the history between these two towns.) Already up by 10, the Colts intercepted a ball that gave them a first down on the Baltimore 4-yard line. Instead of going for the record, though, Manning took a knee, then another. Finally, the clock ran out.
"That's the right way to play," said Manning. Ms. Young…do you have an answer for this?? Of course you don’t.
As for Howard Mudd stealing signals…there is a gargantuan difference between all coaches, as they do, trying to steal signals, and sending Mr. Video on the field with a camera and getting busted for having done so for who knows how long. That’s like trying to justify a base runner using a motorcycle to steal second base as opposed to his legs like everyone else.
Tim - glad to see that a Colts fan has checked in. Is it "the right way to play" when Peyton is throwing his offensive linemen under the bus after a playoff loss? Is it "right" when Bill Polian sat in the Gillette Stadium press box and loudly wished that his players would break Doug Flutie's leg (I was sitting five feet from him when he said that)? The bottom line is that in the NFL, there is no such thing as running up the score. Tom Brady (and Manning) get paid to score points. Randall Godfrey and other players on defense get paid to stop points from being scored. It's not Pop Warner, it's the NFL. And if you think the Patriots are the only team using video, you're naive. Belichick was just cocky enough to have the camera on the field instead of in the stands or somewhere less conspicuous. - smy
Posted by: Tim at November 2, 2007 9:25 AM