We've got Tedy!
Tough loss last week everybody. Season's over for the Pats. Let's talk the future.
Tedy, I'm still in mourning but if Pats could do only ONE thing to improve this ball club, what should that ONE thing/move be?
Getting a pass rushing threat. Banta-Cain led the team with 10 sacks. You need someone else to get pressure on the quarterback.
Tedy it seems like the guys that we need to fill are holes on defense just might not be there...are the Krafts really going to waste the final years of Brady's career?
That's the last thing they want to do. I think two things have to happen. You have to hope young players develop into the solution you're looking for and you've got to make some good decisions via the draft this year. Free agency isn't always the answer.
Teddy, is it safe to say now that losing Vrabel, you Harrison and Seymour was too much to overcome?
You're asking a lot of some of the new players. But Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time and all coaches know you need good players to win football games. They have good players now, but that veteran presence is also necessary to provide leadership.
Teddy How long do you think New England Pats transsion period is going to take?
It depends on the development of the youth movement. These young players gained valuable experience this year, especially in telling the difference in regular season tempo and playoff tempo. This year can possibly be labeled a transition year, so next year they could be back in a strong way.
Do you think Belichick will go for a defenseive player first or a good widout or running back in the draft?
In past years, there was an obvious answer to your question. But this year, there are so many areas that need addressing. In the past they've shown that they will take the best player available and "value" is always something they talk about. So, we'll see what they value come April.
Hey Tedy, can Gary Guyton be a three down inside lb? It seems to me he got crushed by guards and centers.
Guyton has the obvious physical talents. He's big, strong and fast. But this Belichick defense takes time to develop. I think he has a tremendous upside and he can become an every down LB.
Ted, two questions if I might: why will Carroll succeed in Seattle and what is your take on Kiffen at USC? thanks.
I think Pete Carrol will have success. One thing Pete has to realize is that coaching the professional player is vastly different than coaching a college player. I'm actually shocked that Lane Kiffin would leave Tennessee after one year. It was a huge slap in the face to the University of Tennessee.
Hey Tedy, I understand theres plenty that needs to be done. Do you think one of the most important things that should be done over the off season should be working out a deal with Vince Wilfork? If not, what is the most important thing to accomplish?
I totally agree. Vince Wilfork should be prioriety No. 1. Without him in the middle, the entire defense would suffer from his loss.
HI Tedy - Who do you see winning this weekend Minny or Dallas, and how this game will play out , your thoughts ?
I like Dallas. Minnesota is a good team, but the one thing that worries me are the ball security issues of Favre and Peterson.
Tedy, what are your impressions of the progress Mayo and Guyton have made this year?
Mayo took a step back. I think that was due to the injury and due to the health and performance of the defensive line. In that system, the LB has no chance to flourish if his best defensive linemen are missing or injured.
Why was this Patriot team a terrible tackling team?
That's a great observation. Tackling is not only a matter of being fundamentally sound, but it's about being aggressive. Those are two traits the Patriots defense lacked this year.
Tedy, the situation looks grim. With labor uncertainty looming, Tom Brady no longer the Tom Brady we've come to expect, and the Patriots needing help all over their roster, I don't see much reason for optimism. Talk me off the ledge. :(
OK Greg. Let's calm down and take a deep breath. Let's not forget this team won the AFC East. They aren't up there in the upper echelon of teams right now. But with good personnel movement in the offseason, development by the young players and a good rehabilitation by Welker, this team should be in the playoff hunt again next year.
What is the Def Coord. role in working with Bill on Defense?
Well, you put in a gameplan and Belichick, of course, has his stamp on it. During the game, he calls it as he sees it. However, those headsets the coaches wear are for head coach-DC communication. Whenever Bill wants something called, he'll let the coordinator know.
What are your thought on Rex Ryan and the Jets? Do they have any chance this week?
Absolutely. This is the most interesting game of the week for me. San Diego finished the regular season the hottest team in the NFL, but I believe in what the Jets are doing. I think the Jets win.
What is your gut feling on Welker? Will he play in 2010?
I think he definitely plays in 2010. He will probably miss all of training camp and possibly some of the early games. Remember, it took Tom Brady a while to get comfortable again.
Tedy, how do you view the quality of offensive play calling this year? Seems to have been a step down from Josh.
I agree with you Peter. The offensive creativity that McDaniels had was missing. The mixing of various runs with short passes and the screen game was something that the Patriots didn't show. I thought they were very predictable this year.
Tedy, as much everyone claims this team had talent issues I find it hard to believe. They showed great talent in facing elite teams like the Colts and we're a great first half team but they faltered in the second, these spurts of great play and inconsistency makes me think it's more a mentality issue rather than talent, how can BB fix that?
That's a great observation too. When you falter in the second half AND on the road, that indicates a lack of mental focus. Young players usually lack this in the beginning of their careers. The Patriots were dominated by young players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. This is the development that I'm talking about. These young players must take this year as a learning experience and become more mentally tough going into next year.
What did you think of Julian Edelman's performance on Sunday? Do you think he can be their third receiver next year?
I definitely think he can be. Here I go again talking about development. He's another player that must mature and mature quickly.
Can you learn to tackle in the NFL, or is it one of those things you have to pick up early in your football career?
I'm a firm believer that you can always get better at something. Having said that, some times it just comes down to whether you're going to put your face in someone's sternum or not.
You played with Sean Crable when he was healthy do you think there is any chance he contribute next year if he's healthy?
If he's healthy again is a huge question. You can't even start to think about him contributing until he can show he can stay on the field.
Tedy, What do you think of young LB's Tyronne Mckenzie?
The coaches really liked that kid before he blew out his knee. That's a name everyone has forgotten about and I'm glad you brought it up. Next year, he should provide some quality depth at that unit.
Tedi, I understand the Pats philiosophy of letting a player go a year too early rather than a year too late, but don't you think this team (Vrabel, Hobbs, Seymour) deserved one more year together to take a shot at another Lombardi, or did management really feel that this defense could carry us there?
If management felt that, they were greatly mistaken. I agreed with some of the moves they made, but disagreed with others, especially the trade of Richard Seymour. With that move, what you did was sacrifice the immediate success of the team for future success.
Looking ahead to the Colts vs. Ravens matchup everyone believes the Colts are going to flop because they have had a lot of time off and the Ravens are coming off a beatdown of your former team. But the Colts literally OWN the Ravens and Peyton Manning knows that Ravens Defense inside and out. With that who did you believe wins the game?
I think the Colts win this game. I think their players are highly motivated to go out there and play hard for this organization. I think it's highly possible after this game, we will all say to ourselves "that's why they rested."
How do you see things working out for Pioli in KC now that he's reuniting Weiss with Crennel?
I think the future's looking up for that team. They now have some quality coaches that will be getting those players on the same page. That's half the battle. Now they just have to add some players to that equation.
Hi Tedy- Sorry to bring this up, but does Dallas remind of New York Giants team that got hot at the right and went on to win the Superbowl???
They do and there's one strong similarity -- the New York Giants of '07 gave the Patriots everything and more during that regular season finale. The Giants lost that game, but gained tremendous confidence. The Cowboys actually went into New Orleans and beat an undefeated team and have been playing lights out since then. We'll see if the Cowboys can parlay that success into a Super Bowl title like the Giants did.
Big weekend of games this week. Here are my picks: Cowboys over the Vikings; Jets over the Chargers; Colts over the Ravens; Saints over the Cardinals. Great job everybody. Talk soon.