Posted 30 December 2013 - 04:43 PM
To be fair, he took over a historically bad team....0-16. It had Calvin Johnson and not much else. Within 3 years, getting it to 10-6 was quite the feat. But they took a giant step back last year at 4-12. Do you fire him then -- just a year removed from their first playoff season in 12 years? Debatable, but their performance down the stretch this season made it the easiest firing of the off-season, in my opinion.
I was referring only to Matt Millen as the "clown".
You keep writing them and I'll keep commenting. The Patriots have Tom Brady. And their coach. There isn't much else with their injuries that make them much better than any non-playoff team at all. This was the best coaching job of Bill's career, and he should be neck and neck with Ron Rivera for coach of the year. Hard to quantify, but Bill probably had a better regular seaosn than Tom Brady did.
You are asking way too much from this no name defense that lost their two best players. And maybe you aren't impressed enough with this undrafted offense too. The Patriots defense not being Chicago or Dallas bad is impressive enough.
Brady saw most of his receiving corp taken away from him (through a variety of circumstances...not blaming anyone in the Patriot organization for that), yet still put up solid numbers. He could've put up more TDs if he wanted to, but the Pats actually had their running backs run the ball for TDs when the circumstances called for it. I thought the offense would score around 400-425 points or so, and they exceeded that (though they were clearly more prolific with Gronk in the lineup). I rarely criticize the offense. They did a terrific job this season.
I'm not asking the Patriot D to be world-beaters. I'd take solidly average or upper bottom-half. To their credit, like I've always pointed out, they manage to keep the points down, in relation to the number of yards they give up. But it's been a shaky unit now for a long time, injuries or no injuries, and like I've pointed out, the level of QBs they struggle against is maddening. Thad Lewis almost led a comeback against them. Jason Campbell tore them up. So did Tannehill, who then got shut down by the Bills and the Jets. Thank God for the dropped 4th-and-2 pass, and later the onside kick giving the Pats great field position (and Blount having an awesome game, as he ran the ball for 10 yards, then a 35-yard-TD to ice the game). Actually, if not for Blount, the Bills probably don't try the onside kick, but they were having trouble with the run all day.
If the Pats win one playoff game, I'll think they did a hell of a job...they did that just getting a bye week, really. No way I can expect them to go into Denver and win that game if the Pats win their home playoff game...if the Pats get to host a second home game by virtue of Denver losing, it gets interesting for sure, and if they won THAT game, then even if they lose by 20+ points in the Super Bowl, I'll still be thrilled with what they did in the playoffs.
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