1. Do you think this is one of Bill Belichick's best coaching jobs, when you take into consideration Aaron Hernandez's arrest and the injuries to key players including: Wilfork, Mayo, Gronkowski, Amendola ect.?
Jon Scott: The fact that the Patriots are
not only competitive, but they actually lead the division at this
point, without their top 5 receivers from 2012 is an amazing
feat. Name one other team in the NFL that could have pulled
this off? Without being a homer, you'd
have to think that this is by far the best coaching job the Patriots
have done since Belichick arrived.
2. Has the Patriots' offensive identity change? Are they more balanced
than in years past or is this just a product of having some explosive
weapons out of the lineup?
JS: The office has completely morphed into
something new. Last year we were accustomed to seeing two TE
sets with Hernandez and Gronkowski creating mismatches that
had defenses reeling. With Wes Welker as his safety option on check
downs, Brady had little trouble converting third
downs. Now, the Patriots have no Number one option. The TEs
scare no one, and there is on check down. The team has to try
to be more balanced on their attack just to pretend there's a run
option so the play-action will work later.
3. How important has Aqib Talib been to shoring up New
England's secondary? How has Talib's emergence and McCourty's move to
safety transformed New England into a formidable pass defense?
JS: The Patriots will have to shift Kyle Arrington into the starter
role, again, and move one of the younger guys into the nickel and dime
packages. That's what will be the big issue for the Patriots,
who will fill in on Nickel. New England lacks depth, it's all
young guys in the secondary.
4. In retrospect was it a mistake for the Patriots to let Wes
Welker walk during free agency? With the health issues plaguing
Amendola do you think New England regrets signing so an injury prone
JS: Worst decision by the team ever. How
do you let all 5 guys leave? Epic Failure by front
office. If the team doesn't make the playoffs, it's all about
why the front office ticked off the Welker camp by not signing a guy
who meant so much to the Tom Brady run offense. I'm not
saying the FO is inept, but they've made some bonehead moves in the
past, and this ranks right up there among the worst, despite trying to
maintain cap integrity. Look what Welker's doing in Denver.
He's obviously not past his prime, and the Patriots WR corp is at best
a work in progress, at worst, it's an embarrassment.
5. Which team do you see as the biggest threat to New England
in the division?
JS: Any team that can stuff the offense with decent
coverage can win the AFC East, The Patriots are nothing
special this year. I think they can be upset by any team in
the EWast, but playing rookie QBs favors Belichick's defensive
Do you think this will be a tighter AFC East race than in
years past or with the Patriots run away with it again?
JS: no doubt this will be a tight race. I expect
New England to drop games they shouldn't as they make a run for the
6. Who do you think wins Sunday's matchup at MetLife Stadium?
Do you see this as a down to the wire type of game or a blowout one way
or the other?
JS: I think the Patriots will win, but not by
much. New England has issues with offense, and the Jets have
a tough D. This game could come down to a tlate turnover to
decide the outcome.
Prediction: Patriots 23 – Jets 17
Behind Enemy Lines: Pats - Jets WK 7
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