Just listened to the Felger and Mazz telecast. Usually at a time like this I could not bear subjecting myself to Furious Felger and Mousey Mazz. They were of course still talking about the Patriots defeat almost a week after the game. The two most of the time bring up insightful points. Today on their free agenda Friday segment they brought up a quote from a famed former Patriot, Matt Light. Light was a perennial pro bowl tackle for the Patriots in his 11 years. Felger brought up a quote that I thought perfectly captured the lack of success the Patriots offense had last Sunday.
“it’s a horrible place to go play, especially in that circumstance, right? You’ve got the best defense in the league, you’re in their place and you don’t practice a snap count? I mean, it blows my mind that, really, the game was lost because of a snap count, in my opinion.” Light stated. “I don’t think the atmosphere in that offensive line room is the same without a guy like Dante. I don’t think that they practiced their snap count at all, really, to any degree. I mean, we went into a game being able to snap silent count five different ways. Not two. Five. And in that game, I watched them on the snap count and I was blown away. I mean, you’re handcuffing your tackles, and that’s what happens when you don’t effectively run a silent snap count. And it was terrible to watch.” He continued to throw Dave DeGuglielmo under the 18 wheeler, “The snap count, in my opinion, was an abomination. I mean, it was the worst thing you could do to that front five. But the fact that they didn’t throw any three-steps and cut the legs out from the defenders early in that game is mind-boggling to me.”
I know that’s a big quote but it is worth reading. Light essentially confirms the suspicion that the firing of DeGuglielmo was not to mix things up. He was not the right fit for Belichick and the Patriots. What confuses me is if all of what Light is saying is true, specifically that preparation on the offense line was not what it needs to be, is how does Belichick let a guy like that maintain his job. From what Light is saying, it sounds like DeGuglielmo is a lazy bum. And if I had to put my money on it, I would agree with Light. How can you stay content with an extraordinarily banged up line, when you are playing on the road against the #1 defense. If DeGuglielmo believed that the Patriots could get away with the quick passing game to take out the Denver pass rush, that is fine, people should not have a problem with that. THE PROBLEM is that he apparently hung his hat on that. The quick passing game was something the Patriots excelled at and almost everyone thought would play a large role in the Patriots offense, pundits and fans alike. But the fact that a professional coach drew up the same game plan that thousands of 10 year olds did during art class IS DISGUSTING. Deguglielmo, if he’s smart, is packing his shit and getting the fuck out of dodge. Because he is no longer welcome in New England. If we ever see this clown walking the streets of Boston, start heating up your vats of tar and find your satchels of feathers.
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