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Tony's top five ... biggest problems with the Patriots

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  December 7, 2009 04:50 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Biggest problems with the Patriots

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They're poorly coached. With this particular criticism, we're talking about the offense. Can they get any more predictable?
4
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?
3
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.
2
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 ...
1
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.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
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You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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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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