Originally Posted by tony hipchest
who will cover this guy? are the patriots concerned about the height most jags receivers bring to the table? i think jones could be in for a career day and be the x-factor if the jags have any thought o f success. even more than fred taylor
Hey Tony - excuse my tardiness - I have been forced to return to work the last couple of days!
Ok - the Jags recievers certainly hold a height advantage over the Patriots secondary - and there is not much we can do in the actual secondary to offset that.
What the Pats will be relying on his getting pressure on the Jags QB and getting it early - im reasonably certain that Leftwich can be panicked into throwing the ball up for grabs if he think his WR's have a better than average chance of coming down with the ball.
I dont think we will see too much physical play at the line by the Pats DB's as they will come off 2nd best in most physical confrontations - they will most likely play fairly soft and will often be in a zone rather than man-2-man.
What I believe they will is utilise the game plan against the Rams from the SB - play soft and keep the game in front of themselves - but then take the opportunity to lay some big hits on the WR's.
The Jags are a team of physical monsters - id be willing to bet they outsize most teams in the league - however this doesn't ever seem to result in them running up huge scores (apart from the last 2 weeks against poor opposition).
Leftwich has to be rusty if he starts and accuracy will surely be the order of the day - after a terrible start to the season the DB division of NE, whilst not anywhere near elite, has shown improved confidence - Hobbs and Samuel have shown decent ball-hawking skills in recent weeks.
I dont think the Jags can live with the Pats in a shootout but they will be looking to make it a defensive grind 9-6 or similar.
Matt Jones is a similar player to our very own Ben Watson (TE) he has the pure physical stats to cause massive mismatches all across the field but , like Matt Jones, needs to work on route running and seperation.
In short, we struggled with our DB all last year due to injuries but BB schemed a way around it - this year is just the same - now we have a relatively settled DB division we can start working on some schemes to confuse the opposition instead of ourselves.