- May 26, 2004
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There were some excellent pics flashed in there while he was talking.
All the media hacks will be high on the fins this week because they are stunned that the Pats lost.
The Bills probably played a better game, AWAY and had a tougher win.
The Pats O-line is a major liability. The Dolphins still almost managed to give the game away in the first half.
This will be a MUCH tougher game on Sunday
Pats Look Weak in the Trenches
It wasn't just the fact that the Patriots allowed the Miami Dolphins to come back from a 10-point deficit and go on to win by double digits that was surprising -- it was the way in which the Dolphins came back and dominated New England in the second half that was so stunning. Miami pushed around the Patriots up front on both sides of the ball in a manner that has rarely been seen in the Bill Belichick era.
The biggest problem for the Pats is their best guys were the ones failing. If it wasn't Vince Wilfork getting knocked back and pancaked by Dolphins center Samson Satele it was Chandler Jones unable to hold the point at the point of attack or linebackers Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins unable to get off a block as Knowshon Moreno ran past them with the help of that revamped offensive line in South Florida.
I guess, but a win at home vs the pats does little more than put us in the driver seat. Last year we were in the driver seat to go to the playoffs under Philbin and ended up driving into the ditch. We are in a very similar situation this week as we were at the end of last year. We just had a huge upset home win vs the pats and then go on the road to Buffalo. Last year we came out like it was a practice game against the bills, totally unprepared and unmotivated. We have a chance this week to see if we are mentally stronger.
The game this week is less about where we are in the standings and more about who we are as a team. Losing a division road game is not insurmountable in the standings, we get to play them again in our house later. But it will say a lot about who we are mentally. Was the patriots game our super bowl, or are we looking to accomplish more this season? If the NE game was just another obstacle in our march to where we want to be, you will see a team as emotionally fired up vs the bills as you did vs the pats. If beating NE was our super bowl we will come out vs the bills like we did last year.
Sunday will tell us a lot about our chances to win the division. Before you can knock off the king of the hill, you have to believe you can, prove you can, and want it more than them. We have proven we can beat them by beating them twice in a row, but now do you believe it and want it more than them? You can bet the pats are still thinking the division is theirs to be had. They have been behind in the standings early in the year many times before and always find a way to come back to win. If we lose ugly to the bills this week, I would lay even money the pats still win the division.
Last year buffalo was a major mismatch. All the mumbo jumbo of being unprepared and mentally weak is nonsense. Eventually its just about the players.
Can Miami front 5 consistently deal with Buffalo front 5?
I like the 'driver's seat' analogy, because last season Joe Philbin hopped in and promptly drove the car off a clliff.
To be honest, I wasn't going to say that and get anything started, but I agree 100%. On the other hand he is still learning to become a head coach just like Ryan is learning to play QB and some of the young players are learning as well. I am not a big Philbin fan, but I will say the players rave about the changes he has made this year to his new coaching style. I have never thought he was a great leader of men, but maybe he is evolving into the coach we need him to become.