7-Things for Miami.


Patriots Game

Preview: Part II.

A New Season.

By Tom Mahoney

4. RUN FOREST! RUN- The best news for a young QB is two things: Defense and Run Game. Mac Jones looked like a plug and play Champion (by the way I had that pick). However, everything just changed. The Defenses he faced all Preseason, are the Defenses he will be play against today. When the Dolphins-D lines-up, they will not be in the same look as they will be after the Snap. Jones will be facing scheme disguise like he never saw on Halloween.

“We're always trying to disguise and create a situation where it's not easy for the quarterback. I think that's always part of the game plan. That player has the ball in his hands on every snap, so if you can disrupt that player, then you have a good chance of creating disruptive plays. I think we're always trying to have an effect on the quarterback: rookie, veteran. I think that's where it starts, I would say just at least from a pass game standpoint,” Brian Flores said. “But they've got a very good run game. I think we're a little bit of 'Mac-Jones Mac-Jones Mac-Jones!' He's a good player, but they've got a lot of good players on that offense and defense and kicking game. So I think for us, we're playing the Patriots. They've got a good offensive line. They've got good tight ends. They've got good receivers and I think there's a lot to handle there. If we just put our emphasis on affecting the quarterback, then they'll probably get us somewhere else. So there's a lot here.”

Jones is going to need his tennis skills to move in the pocket. They are going to be coming for him at all angles. They will blitze everyone and anyone from every and any angle, until the Rookie QB throws up from dizziness. It won’t be... 'Mac-Jones Mac-Jones Mac-Jones' after the game. It’ll be ‘Rookie-Rookie-Rookie’ after the game. All that work in Preseason was really just learning the Pats Offense. It was learning how to play QB in the NFL. It wasn’t about learning and reading NFL Defenses. That impactful learning starts now, with a crash a bang, and Sack or ten.

"Look, if he's earned the respect of Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels? Then he has my respect. He was a very good college player. He did a lot of great things there," Miami HC Brian Flores said. "I think one other thing I would say is this is not the Dolphins against Mac Jones. It's the Dolphins against the Patriots and they've got a good team. They've got good coaches. They've got a lot of good players. But specific to Mac Jones, I think he's a good, young talent and we'll have our hands full."

He is as smart as they come. I think he has Brady’s intelligence. He has a different competitive spirit as Brady, but we’ll see if it’s effective.

"I just think for us, there's no film of him. I once had a coach say, 'prepare for war in a time of peace.' I think sometimes you look at it and you're like, 'Oh there's a rookie quarterback, we'll be alright,' and you have no idea what this rookie quarterback is going to go out there and do Week One of the season,” Jason McCourty said. “You better make sure you're dotting all of your I's, crossing all your T's and disregard Bill Belichick. Just the fact that he's a rookie quarterback and he's stepping into the NFL, you know he's prepared for the moment or he wouldn't be out there. I think for us – especially when there was a veteran in front of him so you know he's going to be prepared, he's going to be ready to go and we have to make sure we are doing the same."

5. Defense Wins Championships- This game is going to be won the defensive side of the ball. And the best news, is that the Patriots have a great veteran Defense. With some terrific young talents like Barmore  and Ronnie “Friggin’” Perkins thrown in. Did you see his bend in the past Preseason game! “Holy-Moly Batman, that was something to see!” The Pats Defense got better and better all Preseason. They blended in enough of the young guys to improve their Defense significantly. Cameron McGrone and Joshuah Bledsoe made the team on the Reserve List. Both players could make the team in he future on Special Teams.

“They've got some very good players at the tight end position (a little odd, but okay;),” Brian Flores said about the young players they picked. “They Defensively, I think they'll have a significant impact. I think they are good players.  are guys that could potentially be featured on both sides of the ball and the kicking game as well. They complement a lot of the players they already have on the team. They fit what Bill and his staff are trying to do. I think they are good additions. It will be a competitive game. They've got a good team. They are well coached. We're going to have to prepare the right way and execute the right way if we're going to have success.”

The Pats also played a flat defense scheme this Preseason. Now, Tua will be seeing the real Defense, with Duggar, Hightower, and McCourty on the field for every snap. Barmore, like I said in The Grooviest Draft Review Ever LOL, he was the best inside rusher in this Draft. He flashed that money making talent this Preseason. Matt Judon looked like a Pro Bowler this Preseason. JC Jackson looked ready to take that step up to Veteran. Adrian Phillips is my guy, and the best run stuffer in the Secondary. Van Noy is the most versatile guy on the Defense. Henry Anderson, Godchaux, and Wise had some flashes as well. Defense wins Championships, especially with a Rookie or 2nd Year QB at the helm.

“Well they did a good job against us last year. They're a well-balanced offense. They like to run the ball. They have few different ways of doing it and do a good job of spreading the ball around to their receivers, tight ends, running backs. Quarterback is mobile, so they're pretty well-balanced,” Belichick said about the Dolphin Offense. “Coach [George] Godsey is a new play caller down there taking over for Coach [Chan] Gailey, so we'll see what all that brings. They're a well-balanced offense and can attack you in a lot of different fronts. They have big receivers. They have [Jaylen] Waddle. Big addition for them. They have some other explosive players in the receiver unit. [Mike] Gesicki is a problem. Backs have a good skillset. Young offensive line. I think they'll just continue to get better because they have a lot of youth on their offense, and I'm sure as they grow they'll continue to improve as a unit.”

As for Stephon Gilmore, the Defense won’t be whole without him. So just give him a damn Veteran Bonus and let’s move on to winning some games. He is still currently on the PUP. Pound for Pounds he’s the best player on the Pats Defense, and with Brady gone? He’s the best damn player on the Team. With a rookie QB, the Pats don’t have to worry about the Salary Cap for another 3 to 5 years.

“I know that Steph’s been working extremely hard, I see him in here all the time,” BB said. “He’s doing other things while we’re practicing, so we don’t really see him on the practice field. But he’s been doing everything he can do. I’d say it’s day-to-day. … And when he’s ready to be out there, then he’ll be out there.”

‘Nuff said.

6. The Run Game Factor- The Pats have to, not just establish the run game, but pound the Dolphins’ D into submission. The Pats have four RBs that made the Roster. Two big guys and two little guys. They are going to be relying on their two Big Guys in this Game, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, to pound the ground in Foxboro. James White will be in on Passing down. This is not the game for JJ Taylor, who didn’t show well in blitz picked. The O-line will win or lose this Game, with a Rookie at QB, yikes! So they need to ride O-line to victory at Home.

“I don't think that'll ever happen as long as I'm here. You don't know how it's going to turn out and if we'd done that last year and started at some point and left Mike Onwenu behind because Shaq [Mason] and Joe [Thuney] and David [Andrews] were already here, I don't think that would've been good for our football team or fair either,” Belichicks said. “So, I guess you could do it that way, but I would never do it like that though. I think you build the foundation and let the players compete and let them play. And then at some point, make whatever decisions you need to make based on the position and the role and so forth, and then try to improve from there.”

When the RB aren’t pounding the Defense, the Dolphins D is going to be looking to pound Mac Jones into the ground. So don’t expect to see him throw a lot, especially deep. They’ll have him throw some quick hitters to start. And run-run-run the ball. But the more they put on his shoulders in the passing game, the worse it is going to look. He has not seen PrimeTime yet. And as great as he was in the Preseason, all the Defense change in Week One in the NFL. He will be learning some serious lesson today.

“I think since Coach Flores has been down there [in Miami], they have pressured quite a bit on defense. We've played them four times, and we've seen quite a bit of what they do,” BB said. “I wouldn't say that they have shown a lot of drastic changes in preseason. A few things that I'd say are a little bit different for them, but overall, it's still pretty much what it is. They have good corners, and they don't mind pressuring the line of scrimmage and letting those guys do their thing. They've been pretty productive doing it, so I'm sure we'll see both.”

The Pats O-line better get ready, because this game will be all trench warfare if the pats want to win.

7. Well If You Don’t Know How To Do It, I’ll Show How To Walk Your Dog- Pats Win at Home (but not in Miami). Sorry, I gotta go walk the Dog before the game!

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