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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff December 7, 2009 04:50 PM
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Biggest problems with the Patriots
They're poorly coached. With this particular criticism, we're talking about the offense. Can they get any more predictable?
They don't use the tight ends anymore. Tom Brady threw 29 passes on Sunday, only one aimed at a tight end. One. Where have Ben Watson and Chris Baker gone?
They're a receiver short. In 2007, Jabar Gaffney and Donte' Stallworth combined for more than 80 catches and 1,000 yards. This year's model: Sam Aiken.
They can't cover. When the Dolphins toss it 52 times, that doesn't say much for your secondary. This is especially true given that ...
They can't rush. the passer Pass rushers cost money. For whatever reason, the Patriots don't have a pass rusher. Time to get one.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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