Tannehill is not a rookie QB who is going to fold under pressure. And
while the Pats D destroyed the too young QBs in the first half of the
season, veterans QBs like Ryan Fitzpatrick kicked their asses. Rookie QBs
were sent home crying. Young veterans were turned into the not ready for
primetime players. But veteran QBs who had a ton of experiences against Cover
Zero gave them a spanking, like some has-been named Ryan
weeks' Ryan was named AFC Offensive player of the month for December.
"I’m not a QB guru. He’s playing really good football, he’s doing a good job: draw back,
3rd down, finding an open guy. He’s doing a great job in the
play-action," McCourty said. "And then I think he does a really good job
[moving in the pocket]. He never looks like he really wants to run, but the dude is fast so when he does
run. He’s able to make big plays like you see on some of those boots. They run a boot and no one’s contained and so he just acts like he’s going to throw it and there’s like no one in front of him for 20 yards, so he just runs."
He causes a lot of problems with his feet.
his improvement has really been mental, with his eyes seeing it faster and
his arm getting the ball into the right spot. "I think he’s doing a really good job of just running the offense, finding these guys when they’re open, doing a really good job of understanding
[his reads]. It looks like he knows what defenses are in, and he’s just getting the ball to the open
guy," McCourty said. "He’s always had a very, very good arm throwing the ball down the field, pretty accurate at throwing throws, deep balls, intermediate routes. We’ve seen him for years, we’ve been a part of some of his best games in Miami, so we know what he’s capable of and we’ve watched how he’s leading that
team." Only three QBs have completed 70% of their passes and averaged
9-yards per attempt.
scary part is that he is a veteran journeyman who failed, but kept getting
better each season behind the scenes where he finally put it all together
mentally, like last weeks' Ryan. Ouch, that still hurts. He is 6-1 as a
starter in Tennessee this season. He is a one year wonder, and has only
had about 250 snaps this season. But the Pats can't underestimate him like
they underestimated Fitzpatrick.
last thing the Pats need is another QB named Ryan marching into Foxboro to
kick their unprepared asses. They better be ready to see a QB who can read
a D and throw like Ryan did last week. Gilmore needs to be a shutdown CB
this week. The vaunted D-line and LBs need to successfully hit the damn QB
don't remember a Ryan hitting the ground once last week. "As we talked about on the conference call yesterday, Tennessee’s obviously a really good football team, doing a lot of things well. Very explosive offensively.
Probably as explosive as anybody we’ve seen in a while (or since last
week), BB said. "Sound on defense, as you would expect with Mike [Vrabel] and Dean [Pees] and the good players they have there. So, it’ll be a big challenge for us here. It’s a great opportunity here to advance. This is what we work for all year, so I think we’re ready to go."
Patriots Defense better be more ready to go than they were against the
last Ryan we faced, and knock this Ryan onto the turf repeatedly.
did a pretty good Fitzpatrick imitation in the second half of the season.
"We’ll be ready to go. We’re not ready yet, but we’ll be ready to
go," BB said. "I think our team has a good attitude this morning, and we’ll have a good week of practice and be ready to let it go Saturday night. But, these guys are tough. They’re really a well-balanced team. They’ve had a lot of success in the last two-thirds of the season. You can see why."
This game is all on the Pats-D.
good news is that the Patriots players appear to be ready to climb this
Mount Olympus like challenge in the Playoffs. "We came to work Monday. We have guys in that locker room who have never had the experience playing that last game on Sunday and your season will be over and we have guys who
have," McCourty said. "Those guys always give great perspective of what it means to play in the playoffs, of that last game and already knowing where you’re going on vacation. We had guys talk about that, and I think the realization was after how bad Sunday was, we came in the next day and we had to work.
We had stuff that we wanted to accomplish and we got the opportunity to do
it." The Titans pose a lot of problems that have really hurt the Pats
D this season.
have a great run game that takes pressure off their no longer has-been QB.
"So because of how we played in the regular season, we get a chance to play in the
postseason," McCourty said. "It didn’t end the way we wanted it
to. But I think it would really be bad to let one loss disappoint the whole rest of the season because we stayed and stuck on that. We’ve got a veteran
group. We’ve got guys that understand that, and we’re excited about this opportunity. We’re going to work our butts off to be able to be prepared and go out there and play a tough game Saturday night."
Do or die time baby.
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:
As President Stupid just
committed an act of War on Iran sovereign soil against one of the cunning and powerful foe
in the Middle East, just as Nostradamus predicted, he is pretending their
are no consequences. It must be nice to be so rich that you can live a
life without consequences.,
the consequences of having the stupidest President in US History is about
to come raining down in us. And even scarier is that President Stupid's only
strategy is that he has a tiny penis, and his strategy is to prove to everyone else that it
is, as President little dick would say,
Assassinating the Number Two guy in any Country is wrong,
unconstitutional without permission from Congress.
there was also a separate, less-noticed facet of the internal
administration uproar set off by Trump’s July 12 order
stopping the flow of $391 million in weapons and security
assistance to Ukraine. Some senior administration officials
worried that by defying a law ordering that the funds be spent
within a defined period, Trump was asking the officials involved
to take an action that was not merely unwise but flatly illegal.
administration so far has declined to release copies of its
internal communications about this vital issue — the legality
of what Trump had ordered. On Friday, in 146 pages of new
documents provided to theCenter
for Public Integrityunder a court order,
the Justice Department blacked out — for the second time —
many of the substantive passages reflecting what key officials
at the Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget said to
considerable evidence is still available that those at key
institutions responsible for distributing the Ukraine aid
worried the halt potentially violated a 45-year-old law written
to keep presidents from ignoring the will of Congress, according
to public statements and congressional testimony
law, known as the Impoundment Control Act, says that once
Congress appropriates funds — like the Ukraine assistance —
and the president signs the relevant spending bill, the
executive branch must spend those funds. A president cannot
simply ignore Congress’s direction, no matter how inconvenient
or unappealing that instruction might be. If funds are withheld
or shifted elsewhere, this cannot be done in secret, and
Congress must approve.
Trump’s decision to stop the aid was not announced, and no
formal notification was ever sent to Congress. In an email on
July 25, for example, as a senior OMB political appointee named
Michael Duffey told the Pentagon’s comptroller about the aid
halt, he said, “Given the sensitive nature of the request, I
appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those
who need to know to execute the direction.” Throughout this
period, the reason for the aid halt was rarely discussed, even
within the government. In an email on Sept. 11 – the day the
funding halt finally ended — OMB official Edna T. Falk Curtain
told a senior defense official that “I still have no insight
on the rationale for the hold.”
a clear justification or any broader effort to gain
congressional support, the officials overseeing the expenditure
of the funds started hunting for legal guidance as soon as the
order to halt the aid was given. When Trump’s political
appointees told career officials not to worry, they still did.
was a report,” OMB director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a
press conference on Oct. 17, “that if we didn’t pay out the
money it would be illegal, it would be unlawful.” He said it
was “one of those things that has a little shred of truth in
it, that makes it look a lot worse than it really is” because
what he regarded as the deadline for spending the money did not
fall until the end of September — two and a half months after
Trump’s initial order.
learn more, Public Integrity in late September petitioned the
Office of Management and Budget and the Defense Department for
copies of their communications about the aid halt. But the
Justice Department so far — in two document releases on Dec.
12 and 20 — has chosen to conceal key passages in those
documents. And the federal district court judge overseeing the
case, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, on Dec. 18 set a schedule for
reviewing Public Integrity’s appeal that makes a final
determination of the request unlikely to occur before March.
to some of those involved in the funding halt, officials were
deeply worried from the outset that a delay even for a few weeks
could make it hard to ensure all the money was spent by that
Sept. 30 deadline. DOD Comptroller Elaine McCusker, for example,
noted what she called “increasing risk of execution” in an
email on Sept. 5 to the Pentagon’s top lawyer and policy
officials, among others, meaning she was worried the money could
not all be spent by the end of the month...
Amazon Studios drama centers on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation
Report. Fiction. To be clear: the bad guys are not our intelligence
warriors. The bad guys are the terrorists. To my former colleagues and all
of the patriots at @CIA who have kept us safe since 9/11: America supports
you, defends you and has your back. So do I.”
took issue with the way Pompeo defended the CIA’s work as patriotic, and
called the secretary of state’s comments “misguided.”
movie chronicles the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation
that led to the 2014 release of a report on the CIA’s use of torture in
the war on terror. It follows Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), who was lead
investigator for the committee, then chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-CA), played by Annette Bening.
his statement, Burns said, “I am grateful to Secretary of State
Pompeo for taking the time to watchThe
Reportmovie on Amazon Prime. I hope he will go
back and read the [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] report as
well. I am interested in knowing what part he finds to be fiction
and I ask him to join me in calling for the release of the Panetta Review
which the CIA conducted into the [enhanced interrogation technique]
program so that this dispute can be resolved. I agree with him that
terrorists are bad guys— as are the people who conducted barbaric and
ineffective acts of torture in the name of Mr. Pompeo’s misguided notion
of ‘Patriotism’ and then misled Congress and the American people.”
Panetta review is an internal report that was led by then-CIA director
Leon Panetta of the use of torture during the administration of President
George W. Bush.
Reporthas echoes to that overZero
Dark Thirtyin 2012.
then, Feinstein, the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Carl Levin
(D-MI) were vocal in their criticisms of the movie because they believed
it gave the impression that the CIA’s use of torture was beneficial in
finding Osama Bin Laden.
the movie was being released, the senators fired off a letter to then Sony
Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, calling the film
“inaccurate.” Their concern was that the movie was “misleading in
its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the
location of Osama bin Laden.” They cited the Intelligence Committee
investigation into the use of torture.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal defended the film and said in a statement at the time that it “shows that no single method was necessarily responsible for solving the manhunt, nor can any single scene taken in isolation fairly capture the totality of efforts the film dramatizes.”
Michael Morell, who was acting CIA director at the time, also weighed in, but was more measured in his response.
He called the movie a “dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts.” He refuted the idea that enhanced interrogation was the “key to finding Bin Laden,” but also did not entirely dismiss whether torture yielded information. He said in a statement that “enhanced interrogation techniques were the only timely and effective way to obtain information from those detainees, as the film suggests, is a matter of debate that cannot and never will be definitively resolved.”