So wait, this is hilarious actually.
The stellar defense needed to consistently beat a HOF HC and HOF QB led offense was never actually built so that a career average to sub-par QB didn't need to win the game for us by throwing to a rookie WR who ran the wrong route?
Anyone who doesn't think this is on Fitz is right. It's not totally.
Anyone who doesn't think this is on the defense is right. It isn't totally.
And anyone who doesn't think this happened because we counted on a rookie is also right. It isn't totally.
The concept was supposed to be that we could win enough games to get to the playoffs without a franchise QB if we had a very good defense. Guess what we don't. And no defense will be able to play strong enough for Fitz to be all we need at QB either. They BOTH are inadequate.
And, personally I'd like to not be counting on rookies with the game on the line.
Today, our defense did enough to put us in a position where we could win. Our QB did not have enough in him to secure it.
And that will happen over and over. It won't be the frequent reason why we lose. But it will happen enough to prevent us from a SB win and likely even a playoff birth. It won't be the only reason we lose games but there will be games like this one where we will lose because of Fitz. Remember? He doesn't have to win games for us as long as he doesn't cost us games either. That's the concept with a mediocre QB remember? Well you just watched what that gets you.
If you want a SB winning team, sometimes a great D isn't enough. We may go up against very efficient offenses that will move the ball on anyone. We may need a QB good enough to make a few big plays to win the game for us... And we don't have either so we lost against a very good Pats team. Just that easy.
Want it fixed? You get both.
You get enough high quality players on defense at enough positions and you run an effective scheme. Our defense lacks adequate line-backing and runs a scheme that leaves the flats open consistently. Welker and Gronk exploit the hell out of that. And we knew they would going into the seasons. We knew the LB corp was not strong enough to handle Gronk and Welker. Upgrade the LB corp with players that can cover lot's of ground. Te'o is gifted in coverage as witnessed by his high number of picks. He's one guy. There are others and possibilities through free agency as well. The run game has exploited Sheppard, Barnett, Scott, and Bradham as well. I'm so sick of watching our LB run up to a hole, almost right at the blocker, get engulfed, and then watch the runner run right by them. It's inadequate talent. Barnett is past his prime, Sheppard will never have it, Scott is not an adequate run support LB and isn't really a starter anyway, and Bradham is a rookie. We need an upgrade at ILB and at least one OLB spot. And if you want to win sooner rather than later, they better be significant upgrades right off the bat.
It's not all on the talent level on defense. Wanny should have already been fired. Any moron can go into this game and know they will throw a lot to Gronk and Welker in the flats. Yet we consistently run zone coverage in that area and leave it wide open. I realize these guys are gifted and with a HOF QB throwing too them they are deadly. But, there is no reason they should be wide open so often. I can deal with them making a catch with a guy draped on them; they are just that good. But, I can't deal with them being wide open anymore. I'd like to hear Ing and/or a few others breakdown how you can adequately cover the flats in a 4-3. Regardless, Wanny isn't doing the job and has to go.
You get a legit QB. It's an age old debate around here. How good a QB do we need? IMO, It better be a guy that can carry the team at times to wins. I don't need Peyton Manning. But would I like a guy that I can count on to move the team on the last drive and deliver a strike in the end zone to win that game? You're damn right I do. We need an upgrade at QB.
- A guy who can lead- Fitz is adequate in this area
- A guy with gifted play making ability and savvy to make key plays at key times- Fitz is inadequate
- We need a guy that can control the offense, read the defense, and move the ball consistently- Fitz is adequate
- We need a guy with accuracy to deliver the ball in tight places and away from defenders consistently- Fitz is inadequate
- We need a guy who can make all the NFL throws- Fitz is inadequate
- We need a guy with pocket presence to feel the rush and scramble or throw the ball away- Fitz is adequate
- We need a guy with good decision making to go through progressions quickly and find the open man- Fitz is adequate
Fitz has many of the qualities you look for. Unfortunately, he's missing a few that will prevent us from winning some games. He is too inaccurate, cannot make all the NFL throws, and does not have enough ability to make big plays at big moments to win games.