- Laurence Maroney – He had a tremendous first half and then disappeared. Perhaps the lone bright spot yesterday. Unfortunately, his fumble to start the second half negates pretty much everything good he did. In our two biggest games, he’s shown a penchant for fumbling at the most inopportune times
- Moss/Welker – Most teams can’t contain them. New Orleans did. In 2007, when teams had Moss and Welker covered, Brady had a third option like Donte Stallworth or Jabar Gaffney. After the failed Joey Galloway experiment, the Pats haven’t been able to spread the ball around, which used to be their calling card
- Bill Belichick is a ballsy coach. We all know that. However, it seems like he’s getting into a dangerous habit of putting the game in the hands of one big play. 4th and 4 deep in the Saints territory was still probably the right call. It would bring the Patriots within a touchdown. However, the Pats failure to convert was devastating. Maybe it’s less about Belichick being ballsy, and more about having a defense that can’t stop good offenses.
- Why didn’t the Patriots make sure they were in field goal range before taking all those shots at the end zone at the end of the 1st half? Make sure you’ve got three points in the bag before you start flinging 30 yard passes to try and get the seven. Three extra points on a made Gostkowski field goal and three more points instead of 4th and 4, and the Pats are down only eight points and still in this game late in the fourth quarter
- Bottom line – fumbles, poor offensive execution, bad coaching decisions – they all pale in comparison to the way the Patriots’ secondary got knifed for huge play after huge play. They may as well have stuck me out in coverage last night. I’ll let a wide receiver run right past me for half the price of Jonathan Wilhite’s salary.
Now it’s time to put the past behind and bounce back against the Fish…