Kisha's Korner: A Disappointing End

The Patriots came up short on offense, defense and special teams Sunday against the Jets. A 28-21 loss to rival New York at Gillette Stadium has the team with the best record in football wondering how it all unraveled.

"Well, obviously a disappointing way to end the season..."

Those were the words that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stated to begin his final post game press conference of the 2010 season.

The weather on Sunday reflected exactly how those watching the game felt. With temperatures in the 30's and a blustery wind making it feel like it was in the teens, it was bitter cold day. It seemed as though the Patriots were supposed to be the favorites coming out of the divisional rival match up.

Surprisingly, the Patriots were out of sync and were easily dismantled at the hands of the New York Jets and their commanding defense.

With a final score of 28-21, the New York Jets advance to AFC Conference Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots are beginning the tedious process of prepping for the next season.

Breaking Brady
For most of the season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was easily breaking records for games won by 30+ points, overall efficiency and of course, the impressive record of no turnovers for over 300 passes attempted.

Almost instantly against New York that streak came to an abrupt end. An overthrown pass by Brady and perfect positioning by Jets inside linebacker David Harris gave New York their first turnover of the day ending Brady's NFL record.

Comparing the two quarterbacks, it looks as though Brady and the Jets Mark Sanchez had switched roles for a game. Sanchez finished the game with 16 for 25 passes for 194 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, no sacks and a rating of 127.3. Brady on the other hand completed 29 of 45 passes for 299 yards, with two touchdowns, was sacked five times, threw a single interception and a finished with a passer rating of 89.

Brady expressed his feelings about the game, "A lot of the credit goes to the Jets and the way their players performed. It's disappointing the way we performed. I certainly wish I did a better job."

Jets head coach Rex Ryan described what it took to force the Patriots offensive line to crumble and force Brady to make some risky passes.

"..You can't just give them one thing all the time. Mix your coverages, mix your blitzes, mix your pressures, all that kind of stuff. Against these great quarterbacks, that's what you have to do.."

The pressure on Brady was key in the Jets orchestrating a win against the Patriots. Throughout the game, the offense struggled to build any sort of momentum and were forced to settle with field goals. Brady looked anxious in the pocket and struggled to find the open man for the majority of the plays.

The problem was that there was rarely an open receiver.

The Jets managed to do just enough to force the mistakes from Tom Brady and the destruction of his offensive line didn't help the already frantic quarterback. Brady's five sacks and interception undoubtedly had a factor in his performance during the rest of the game.

Even More Struggles
One of the most prominent keys to defeating the New York Jets before Sunday's game was to avoid depending on the team's young quarterback too much. Although Mark Sanchez has an impressive 4-1 record in the playoffs since his start last year.

The Patriots defense was not nearly as effective against the young quarterback and his explosive offense. Down after down, Sanchez was completing perfect passes to the likes of receivers such as Santonio Holmes, who has made a career in making impossible catches when it matters most, and Braylon Edwards.

Defensively, the Patriots just couldn't put any pressure on Sanchez and his receivers. Brady spoke to WEEI a day after the loss and it was evident that the loss haunted him, "I was driving home last night thinking, God, we just never put any pressure on them.."

Pressure was key and the Patriots defense was successful in applying it to some of their toughest opponents in the regular season. Sanchez looked poised and comfortable on the offense and calmly led his team on successful drives again and again.

Patriots offense was not its usual self during the game either. Wide receiver Wes Welker, who was benched for the for the start of the game for his tongue in cheek comments directed to Jets coach Rex Ryan, only had seven receptions for 57 yards. The most successful receiver for the Patriots was rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski who amassed 65 yards with just four catches.

The rushing game that had just been enough for the Patriots fell short too as Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis were held to under 50 yards each.

Veteran tight end Alge Crumpler dropped a key pass in the end zone but still had a tremendous game as he stopped Jets ILB David Harris from scoring a defensive touchdown.

A play that has been repeatedly questioned was a call for a fake punt in the first half when the Patriots were trailing 7-3 on a fourth down. The call was made by safety Patrick Chung and he took full responsibility for its failure.

"I take full responsibility. I saw the look we had. I made the call. It didn't work out for us."

Chung anticipated the snap too early and did not have full control of the ball which led to a drop. Even with the quick recovery of Chung, it was too late for any productivity to come out of the trick play.

In the end, the Patriots were outplayed and outmaneuvered by the Jets and although the score wasn't a complete blowout, it was just enough.

The Patriots coaching staff will be looking to make an appearance in the 2011 Pro Bowl as the staff for the AFC against the NFC. The Patriots have eight players going to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Wes Welker, Matt Light and Brandon Meriweather.

With the uncertainly that revolves around the bargaining agreement between the NFLPA and NFL, it is questionable as whether or not there will be a football season next year. Patriots receiver Deion Branch shared his thoughts,

"I'm optimistic that a deal can get done. I'm optimistic that there will be football next year. When? I don't know. I can't say. But I will and I do believe that at some point next year you all will be in the locker room again."

Hopefully, Branch's optimism is sign of what's to come for the National Football League.

 


Kisha Tapangan is a contributing writer for PatriotsInsider.com She also maintains her personal blog Necessary Roughness and can be found on Twitter @KishaT. Be sure to check back for regular updates by Kisha

 
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\"Well, obviously a disappointing way to end the season...\"

Those were the words that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stated to begin his final post game press conference of the 2010 season.

The weather on Sunday reflected exactly how those watching the game felt. With temperatures in the 30's and a blustery wind making it feel like it was in the teens, it was bitter cold day. It seemed as though the Patriots were supposed to be the favorites coming out of the divisional rival match up.

Surprisingly, the Patriots were out of sync and were easily dismantled at the hands of the New York Jets and their commanding defense.

With a final score of 28-21, the New York Jets advance to AFC Conference Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots are beginning the tedious process of prepping for the next season.

Breaking Brady For most of the season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was easily breaking records for games won by 30+ points, overall efficiency and of course, the impressive record of no turnovers for over 300 passes attempted.

Almost instantly against New York that streak came to an abrupt end. An overthrown pass by Brady and perfect positioning by Jets inside linebacker David Harris gave New York their first turnover of the day ending Brady's NFL record.

Comparing the two quarterbacks, it looks as though Brady and the Jets Mark Sanchez had switched roles for a game. Sanchez finished the game with 16 for 25 passes for 194 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, no sacks and a rating of 127.3. Brady on the other hand completed 29 of 45 passes for 299 yards, with two touchdowns, was sacked five times, threw a single interception and a finished with a passer rating of 89.

Brady expressed his feelings about the game, \"A lot of the credit goes to the Jets and the way their players performed. It's disappointing the way we performed. I certainly wish I did a better job.\"

Jets head coach Rex Ryan described what it took to force the Patriots offensive line to crumble and force Brady to make some risky passes.

\"..You can't just give them one thing all the time. Mix your coverages, mix your blitzes, mix your pressures, all that kind of stuff. Against these great quarterbacks, that's what you have to do..\"

The pressure on Brady was key in the Jets orchestrating a win against the Patriots. Throughout the game, the offense struggled to build any sort of momentum and were forced to settle with field goals. Brady looked anxious in the pocket and struggled to find the open man for the majority of the plays.

The problem was that there was rarely an open receiver.

The Jets managed to do just enough to force the mistakes from Tom Brady and the destruction of his offensive line didn't help the already frantic quarterback. Brady's five sacks and interception undoubtedly had a factor in his performance during the rest of the game.

Even More Struggles One of the most prominent keys to defeating the New York Jets before Sunday's game was to avoid depending on the team's young quarterback too much. Although Mark Sanchez has an impressive 4-1 record in the playoffs since his start last year.

The Patriots defense was not nearly as effective against the young quarterback and his explosive offense. Down after down, Sanchez was completing perfect passes to the likes of receivers such as Santonio Holmes, who has made a career in making impossible catches when it matters most, and Braylon Edwards.

Defensively, the Patriots just couldn't put any pressure on Sanchez and his receivers. Brady spoke to WEEI a day after the loss and it was evident that the loss haunted him, \"I was driving home last night thinking, God, we just never put any pressure on them..\"

Pressure was key and the Patriots defense was successful in applying it to some of their toughest opponents in the regular season. Sanchez looked poised and comfortable on the offense and calmly led his team on successful drives again and again.

Patriots offense was not its usual self during the game either. Wide receiver Wes Welker, who was benched for the for the start of the game for his tongue in cheek comments directed to Jets coach Rex Ryan, only had seven receptions for 57 yards. The most successful receiver for the Patriots was rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski who amassed 65 yards with just four catches.

The rushing game that had just been enough for the Patriots fell short too as Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis were held to under 50 yards each.

Veteran tight end Alge Crumpler dropped a key pass in the end zone but still had a tremendous game as he stopped Jets ILB David Harris from scoring a defensive touchdown.

A play that has been repeatedly questioned was a call for a fake punt in the first half when the Patriots were trailing 7-3 on a fourth down. The call was made by safety Patrick Chung and he took full responsibility for its failure.

\"I take full responsibility. I saw the look we had. I made the call. It didn't work out for us.\"

Chung anticipated the snap too early and did not have full control of the ball which led to a drop. Even with the quick recovery of Chung, it was too late for any productivity to come out of the trick play.

In the end, the Patriots were outplayed and outmaneuvered by the Jets and although the score wasn't a complete blowout, it was just enough.

The Patriots coaching staff will be looking to make an appearance in the 2011 Pro Bowl as the staff for the AFC against the NFC. The Patriots have eight players going to the Pro Bowl: Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Wes Welker, Matt Light and Brandon Meriweather.

With the uncertainly that revolves around the bargaining agreement between the NFLPA and NFL, it is questionable as whether or not there will be a football season next year. Patriots receiver Deion Branch shared his thoughts,

\"I'm optimistic that a deal can get done. I'm optimistic that there will be football next year. When? I don't know. I can't say. But I will and I do believe that at some point next year you all will be in the locker room again.\"

Hopefully, Branch's optimism is sign of what's to come for the National Football League.

 

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