“We definitely know what it takes, and I think we have a great football team,” he added.
“It’s football. You win some. You lose some,” he concluded.
3. Jerod Mayo – The third of the Patriots’ big three leaders couldn’t have found the point of attack last night without a compass. If Ray Lewis has lost a step, Mayo certainly didn’t find it. Vonta Leach for 5 yards, Mayo with the tackle. Bernard Pierce for five more, Mayo on the stop. Pierce for 8, Mayo again. Complete to Dennis Pitta for five, Mayo; to Pitta for six more, Mayo. Pardon me Jerod, but if they keep getting 5, 6 or 8 yards before you locate the football, isn’t the offense going to score? Yep, often.
4. Devin McCourty – We’ll let the captain of the secondary take the heat for the group that allowed the immortal Joe Flacco to complete 21 of 36 passes for 240 yards and three TDs. This first-round bust plays 25 yards off the line and still finds a way to be late to the football down the field. He was last seen being shrugged off by Anquan Boldin on the latter’s first of two TDs.
5. Nate Solder – His hold on the quick third-down pass to Danny Woodhead for a first was just as big as Welker’s drop.
6. Daniel Fells/Michael Hoomanawanui – Seriously, these are the best two tight ends this team can produce with Rob Gronkowski out? No, folks, Aaron Hernandez is a slot receiver, not a tight end.
7. Brandon Spikes – Other than being flogged in pass coverage, he was in on two plays, one tackle for a loss and one offsides flag. That’s not exactly impact.
GRADING THE GROUPS
Line (B) … You can count the mistakes on one hand, and none was bigger than Nate Solder’s hold in the third that nullified a third-down conversion to Danny Woodhead. Tom Brady had plenty of time all day. And the holes were there in the running game, especially inside thanks to Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly.