Game Notes: Eight Takeaways from the Patriots Blawout Beat the Colts

When the initial reading opened, Mac struck a promising diamond arrow Hunter Henry when Bates received three cover calls against two vertical sides that Henry left open between areas.

The Patriots’ season isn’t going anywhere unless Jones starts seeing the entire field again.

4. Kendrick Bourne ‘disrespectful’ defending the Colts to the Ramonder Stevenson arc

After speaking to the Batts extensively about their post-game offensive struggles, Kendrick Bourne noted to Patriots.com that the Colts defense was teetering behind Rhamundry Stephenson in third. On the other hand, it shows how Stevenson turned out to be a threat in the scrolling game. But Bourne also felt New England receivers needed to step up efforts.

“They were kind of doubling our ramunders today. Double back instead of doubling one of us. It just shows that they somehow don’t respect us. Nothing for the coaches or anything, but that’s just their reconnaissance report. What they’re watching is what they see,” Bourne said after the game. They play what our strengths are, and Ramondry was piling up.”

The obvious answer is that the Patriots take advantage of this strategy by winning singles matches from the outside, right? Well, it’s not always that easy, Bourne explained.

β€œIt’s not that easy. The protection must be right. Hu [Mac Jones] He should be able to see it. Sometimes the defense can spin away, going the other way. It becomes confusing at times. Sometimes I can be open, Kobe [Jakobi Meyers] It may be open, but the reading just didn’t get there. There are a lot of scenarios.”

Football is the ultimate team sport, and the issues with the passing Patriots attack now stem from all the pieces coming together: timing, readings, passing protections and opening receivers. They have enough talent to figure it out, but they still have a long way to go to attack it.

5. The offensive patriots struggle to invite play out of the gate against the Colts

Having had success with a fast-paced shotgun pass last week, the Patriots coaching staff put the quarterback under center in 17 of their first 23 games. They then rolled the ball early into the teeth of the stingy Colts defense and finally called up a tight end screen for Juno Smith who gained 24 yards, which is what they’ve been setting up for the entire first quarter. They got into the gun more as the match went on, and they likely didn’t want to empty the bag against a team they knew couldn’t score. But there’s a lot of repetitive plays (Shaq Leonard was supposed to direct it), a lack of imagination in the scoring area, and not enough of what the quarterback feels comfortable running. Three Run Options (RPO) based on live charts – not nearly enough.

6. Patriots offensive line Shuffle with Isaiah Wayne in the left guard, Yodney Cajost in the right tackle

Although not one thing, the lion’s share of dysfunction offensively from an execution point of view starts in the trenches. Bates’ offensive line is looking for a winning combination and has now reversed course on a more than four-year development trajectory for Isaiah Wynn. Many recruiting experts believed that Wayne’s body type was more suitable for guarding, but Bates remained in the path with him in interfering until now.

On Sunday, Wayne was in the New England Primary Five in the left guard and OT Yodny Cajuste for the third year in the right tackle. Based on our live sightings, Wynn wasn’t much better on guarding, with a sack allowed, a carry, a QB hit, and a couple of stuffed runs. Cajuste was shaky early on but looked like he’d settled and had a distinct reel block on Smith’s screen.

David Andrews’ absence in the last two matches has taken a toll on rookie Cole Strange. Andrews’ eventual return should stabilize the interior. Hopefully they’ve found something with Cajuste in the right intervention. Skilled players are better than the current production, especially in running backwards.

7. Colts Rush Offense allows lords to run their defense off the hook by calling primal play

Although he has some mobility, the ponies have never experienced the option of running the Patriots. There were a few area reads there, but most of the plays run by Indy were traditional runs with no choice or QB element. When the Bates face a simple attack on the lunge, they have no problems stopping the run, and Sunday was another indication: 3.5 yards per lunge, 11% success rate, and -0.25 stingy EPA per game. If you want to run the ball on the Patriots, you better have some wrinkles in there.

8. Patriots rookie Marcus Jones continues to admire his comeback skills

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