will be facing some adversity this week, again. They had eight guys on the
Injury/Flu list. It seems every week the Pats face a major issue that has
to be settled behind the scenes. Like finally getting Wynn back healthy to
bring the O-line together, then he gets the Flu. The Pats have already
check off three guys on their inactive list that may or may not be flued.
didn't travel. "We’ve had some guys miss (practice do to
flu)," BB said. "So we’ll see how they are today and reevaluate it after today. Would have been hard if we had played yesterday, I’d say that."
Jason McCourty, Cowart and Izzo didn't fly to Texas.
the flu list so far. Marcus Cannon (who it seems was the Typhoid Mary of
the Pats locker room this week), Jamie Collins, Eluemunor, Gilmore,
Hightower, Van Noy, JoeJuan Williams, and Wynn. They need those guys to
play. They are the heart of the defense and the O-line. It seems every
week this season their is something that seems ready to derail the
that is what makes a Champion. That constant adversity, and then putting
it all aside to win on Sunday. The Pats have faced more problems and personnel
changes than any other team in the NFL this season. There is some good
news as well. Sanu and Dorsett both flew down to Houston like they are
going to play.
biggest worry to me is Deshaun Watson, who was an Option QB at Clemson,
"Deshaun's a very talented player, certainly one of the top players in the league at his position that we’ve
faced," BB said. "[Watson] does a great job on the deep ball, has very good touch and
accuracy. He is a good decision maker. Obviously very athletic kid that can do a lot. Any
game's a long way from being over if he has his hands on the ball." Plus,
he is playing at Home in a perfect weather Dome.
time this defense really struggled was against an all-out Option offense,
when the Option QB was playing at Home. It was also a a unique Option
offense. They lined up a lot in three-TE sets, which you just don't
see in the Run and Shoot NFL anymore. Houston doesn't have that size and
talent at Tight End, but they will certainly be running some of the Option
plays they saw when they watch the Baltimore Tape.
no longer a young QB, he is a veteran, and not really an Option QB
anymore. "I got to know him a little bit at the Greenbrier, and I’ve heard great things about him. Wes
was down there with him and really liked him," Brady said. And obviously Billy
[O'Brien], I have a great relationship with Billy, and he really likes Deshaun a lot.
So watching him play in college, he’s spectacular, and he’s off to a great start in his pro career.
[I] really love watching him play. He’s a great leader for their team and he’s hard to stop. He’s got a great arm, escapes. They have a lot of
playmakers. So it’s a very good offense." He can create more
problems for the defense than Lamar Jackson.
the second most veteran QB the Pats have faced this season (he was drafted
in 2017 and Dak in 2016). "We’ve been grinding away here on the Texans. Again, this is another really impressive team. [They’ve] done a good job in all areas down there,"
BB said. "Really productive: on offense, defense, special teams, obviously well-coached,
[and] a lot of good players. A lot of good players on special teams: lead the league in punt coverage, kickoff
coverage. Do a great job with field position.
"Defensively, Romeo [Crennel] is one of the best and they always are sound, great technique team, good tackling team, don’t beat themselves, make you earn all of it. And offensively, they’ve got a lot of explosive players and do a lot of things well. They’re really at the top of the league in just about everything offensively, wherever you want to look,
certainly: big plays, 1st down production."
a declining defense. They don't have the big name defenders that used to
scare everyone. They are 25th in pass defense yardage and struggling to pressure
the QB. If Brady has any kind of help from his weapons, this could get
has really turned into more of an Offense team with Watson and a strong
band of WRs. The good news is that they are facing some troubles as well.
There O-line is in some disarray this week with their starting ORT out,
and some guy named Chris Clark is plugged in there.
the Pats complicated blitzing scheme to attack the right edge all game to
hit Watson. They have been the best blitzing defense in the NFL this
season, and this game they have a target. Mr. Clark, you better be ready
to see two or three guys lined up on your edge all game long. So if the
Pats are healthy? They have gone 4 and 0 against Houston since O'Brien
took over, and have a path or two to victory.
course they also have more adversity this week, the Pats also lost their
kicker again, and had to sign some guy named Kai Forbath to kick. "We'll do introductions so you can get to know
everybody," BB said. "Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. We worked Kai out earlier this fall...
three or four weeks ago, whenever it was. So, we’ll see how it goes."
People like to tease Belichick for his obsession with special teams, but
we have all seen teams lose because of their kicker.
no rest for weary Patriots this week as thunder crashes on the team,
multiple times, again this week with the Flu and another injured kicker.
"We’re pushing through it here," BB underscores. "Obviously, big challenge going down to Houston. Good football team.
[Texans] do a lot of things well. We’ve talked about that. Kind of accelerate and put things together here today. Couple leftover items from yesterday and then moving on to our normal Friday and
[the] day-before-the-game type preparation. Go down there and just try to be ready to go."
So we'll see if adversity builds character again this week.
A Citizen! Not a Subject!
is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the
cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.
I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the government for a redress of grievances:
1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written
by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of
citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want
to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article
in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:
THE FLOODGATES OPEN
THIS IS DO OR DIE TIME FOR ALL
— Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators
Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani
explicitly sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval
Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came
to believe the trade involved much more.
the U.S. offer of a coveted meeting at the White House, Sondland
testified it was his understanding the president was holding up nearly
$400 million in military aid, which Ukraine badly needed with an
aggressive Russia on its border, in exchange for the country’s
announcement of the investigations.
conceded that Trump never told him directly the security assistance was
blocked for the probes, a gap in his account that Republicans and the
White House seized on as evidence the president did nothing wrong. But
the ambassador said his dealings with Giuliani, as well as
administration officials, left him with the clear understanding of what
was at stake.
there a ‘quid pro quo?’” Sondland asked. “With regard to the
requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is
rest, he said, was obvious: “Two plus two equals four.”
Wednesday, another witness undercut a main Republican argument —
that there could be no quid pro quo because Ukraine didn’t realize
the money was being held up. The Defense Department’s Laura Cooper
testified that Ukrainian officials started asking about it on July 25,
which was the day of Trump’s phone call with the country’s new
president when Trump first asked for “a favor.”
staff received an email, Cooper said, from a Ukrainian Embassy contact
asking "what was going on with Ukraine's security
assistance." She said she could not say for sure that Ukraine was
aware the aid was being withheld but “it's the recollection of my
staff that they likely knew."
the ambassador to the European Union and a major donor to Trump’s
inauguration, was the most highly anticipated witness in the House’s
impeachment inquiry into the 45th president of the United States.
often stunning testimony, he painted a picture of a Ukraine pressure
campaign that was prompted by Trump himself, orchestrated by Giuliani
and well known to other senior officials, including Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo. Sondland said he raised his concerns about a quid pro quo
for military aid with Vice President Mike Pence — a conversation a
Pence adviser vigorously denied.
also dismissed Sondland’s account.
Sondland said, “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.”
ambassador said that he and Trump spoke directly about desired
investigations, including a colorful cellphone call this summer
overheard by others at a restaurant in Kyiv.
himself insists daily that he did nothing wrong and the Democrats are
just trying to drum him out of office.
the hearing proceeded, he spoke to reporters outside the White House.
Reading from notes written with a black marker, Trump quoted Sondland
quoting Trump to say the president wanted nothing from the Ukrainians
and did not seek a quid pro quo.
want nothing, I want nothing,” insisted the president, who often
exhorts Americans to “read the transcript” of the July phone call
in which he appealed to Ukraine’s leader for “a favor” — the
also distanced himself from his hand-picked ambassador, saying he
didn’t know him “very well.” A month ago, he called Sondland
“a really good man and a great American.”
impeachment inquiry focuses significantly on allegations that Trump
sought investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his
son — and the discredited idea that Ukraine rather than Russia
interfered in the 2016 U.S. election — in return for the badly
needed military aid for Ukraine and the White House visit.