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Pats Rewind: Why the Pats loss to Miami

Tom Brady gets hit during the Miami game (Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Tom Brady gets hit during the Miami game
(Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

The Patriots blew a 20 – 10 half time lead to the Miami Dolphins Sunday, and loss 33 – 20. The Pats were shutout in the 2nd half.

People are saying they can’t remember a time the Pats were dominated like this but I can. In Cincinatti last year, they were completely dominated and Brady didn’t have a touchdown. Both games had the same problem, NO protection for Tom Brady, but Sunday that wasn’t the only problem New England had.

– Protecting Tom Brady: This is the biggest reason why they lost. They could not protect Tom Brady which led to him struggling, and it happens to any QB that’s under pressure, just look at Aaron Rodgers last Thursday. Every offensive linemen struggled, but the most pressure came from the interior line, like last year. Jordan Devy, and Marcus Cannon were the biggest culprits.  The Pats OL Josh Kline has to be a starter as soon as possible. Kline had a good off-season, but was a healthy scratch against Miami. Kline can come in and replace Devy or Cannon, both were horrible and should not start again. Wendell can also start, and Connolly can remain at center, because he exceeds at that spot. Bryan Stork is a talented rookie, who they can add to the lineup over Wendell or Connolly. Personnel changes are one of the things they can do. Whatever needs to change, needs to happen quickly because Sunday they will face a Vikings line that sacked the Rams QB 5 times. Brady was hit 17 times Sunday, and he hit the ground 12 times, including 4 sacks. He was also hurried 8 times. Brady can’t survive that can of beating for the entire season.

Boston Herald broke down every OL and the hits or sacks they allowed:

“Left tackle Nate Solder allowed two sacks and one additional hit. Left guard Marcus Cannon surrendered four quarterback hits, including three that resulted in Brady landing on the ground, none worse than the wallop he took from Jared Odrick on third-and-5 late in the fourth quarter.

Right guard Jordan Devey had plenty of issues, especially in the third quarter, and allowed two hits (one ground) and four hurries. If Solder didn’t allow Chris McCain’s third-quarter sack, Odrick would have gotten the job done after beating Devey with far too much ease. Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell also blew through Devey in the third quarter to stuff Ridley for a 2-yard loss.

Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer continued to have trouble with longtime nightmare Cameron Wake. Vollmer allowed one strip-sack, four more hits (three put Brady on the ground) and one additional hurry.

Ryan Wendell allowed one hit and Connolly allowed one hit to the ground and 2 hurries.”

– The Run Defense: It was as bad as the offensive line performance. Vince Wilfork didn’t have a great day and you have to be a little concern with the vet returning from a major injury. He wasn’t terrible, but he was not great. He struggled coming off the blocks, making tackles, and getting pancaked. Joe Vellano was horrible. The worst player on the line. He was whipped all day long by the Dolphins line too. The Pats need someone else there to help out because it isn’t going to be Vellano. The team will look to Chris Jones to help there when he’s back from injury. Looking at that game, they could’ve used Tommy Kelly. 

– No pass rush: The Pats didn’t have a consistent pass rush. Hightower got a little pressure on Tannehill, Mayo had a sack, and Jones got to the QB twice, but was called for roughing the passer on both hits. The flags were iffy. With that said, I know Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are fan favorites, but inconsistent pass rushers. They’re NO J.J. Watt, but they’re not horrible. But, against Peyton Manning it isn’t going to help New England if they can’t hit the QB more often. They are, to their credit, better than average, just not great. They also didn’t fit the defensive scheme the Pats had Sunday, and are better in a different scheme than 3-4. Jones also is better at rushing from the LB spot. The Pats need to figure out how to get them more involved in sacking the QB.

Flag City: The Refs were flag happy Sunday and most came against the Patriots. More than half the calls were iffy and it did the Pats no favor. Jones two pressures on Tannehill would have helped the Patriots, but instead they ended up being killers.

– Play Calling: The Play Calling was horrible. Josh McDaniels abandoned the run in the 2nd half and Brady threw 56 times, which is way too much. The Pats have Ridley, and Vereen, but rarely used them. It was a head scratcher, but there have been plenty of games where the Pats abandoned the run early and lost or played ugly. You’d think McDaniels would learn. Also, Matt Patricia’s defense has no excuse to perform the way they did Sunday. They have talent, but they still can’t crack the top 5.

The best thing is, the Pats have to fix all this before Sunday, or they will lose again. So, we will get a sense of what the Pats will change in week two.

 


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One Response to “Pats Rewind: Why the Pats loss to Miami”

  1. Mike Daly says:

    It was not a headscratcher why McDaniels abandoned the run – because we could see clearly it wasn’t working. The line needed to block better to get the offense moving.

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