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September 9, 2013

Hector Longo's Two-Minute Drill

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How does Belichick, the minister of defense with his likeness headed straight to Canton when he puts down the whistle, tolerate what went on in Buffalo yesterday?

The guy is like the billionaire thoroughbred horse owner, who goes loopy buying stock at one of the sales, then has the trainer put the wraps on his charges. Where is the fire? Where are the playmakers?

At times yesterday, it looked like Patricia had his safeties watching cars in the players’ lot — they were miles off the ball.

Typically, Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory still found ways to let receivers behind them.

The bottom line is that New England was facing an untested, unreliable rookie. This was not Andrew Luck here.

If ever a game-plan called for 8-and-9 man fronts and an attacking, blitzing scheme, this was it. Instead, it was Colts’ Cover 2, over and over again.

This doesn’t work. It hasn’t worked here ever. Not for Dean Pees and not for Patricia.

Let the dogs hunt. Chandler Jones doesn’t want to be put over a guard in the pass rush, so we can get the immortal Michael Buchanan on the end. Jones is the right, rush end. Every down. Don’t make the freakish athlete think. Let him react and make plays.

He is a better version of Dwight Freeney, and even the Colts coaxed a Hall of Fame career out of Freeney just by letting him rush the edge.

I don’t trust Patricia. And I don’t trust his defense. You shouldn’t either.

Odds and ends

How about the debut of rookie Jamie Collins, the second round pick out of Southern Miss? Crickets. Sorry, nothing at all from the big guy. ...

Jerod Mayo’s 12 tackles typically yielded an average of 5.6 yards per play. If ever a linebacker in this game needed an explanation of the term downhill, it would be Mayo. ...

Can anyone tell me what Peyton Manning thinks when he looks at the receivers he has and then looks at the collection of misfit toys Tom Brady has been given? ...

Short week, of course, as the Jets, 1-0 off their amazing victory against the Bucs, come in on Thursday night. Suddenly, Geno Smith is a problem. Yikes.

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Follow Hector Longo on Twitter @MVCreature

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