Mr Galloway Regrets ……………

Well of there’s one thing clear that I now do know after today’s loss by the New England Patriots to the New York Jets. It’s that the Patriots are ….‘ who I thought they were’ . And mark my words but there’s no doubt about it but Mark Sanchez is a star in the making within the NFL . This player has all the traits necessary to be an instant success within the league. And not only that but he possesses a great deal of maturity and leadership qualities not found in veterans who’ve played within the league, a great deal longer than Sanchez.

Jets' quarterback  Mark  Sanchez  (7) and  teammate  Kevin  O'Connell (8) speak  with  offensive   coordinator  Brian  Schottenheimer on the  sidelines   during  the  game   played  at   Giants  Stadium  ,  East  Rutherford ,  New  Jersey.   The  Jets   would   go  on  to  defeat the  Patriots   16-9   in the  divisional   matchup between  the  two  teams.     picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/Bill  Kostroun  ............
Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez (8) and teammate Kevin O'Connell (7) speak with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on the sidelines during the game played at Giants Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey. The Jets would go on to defeat the Patriots 16-9 in the divisional matchup between the two teams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Bill Kostroun ............

Now to say that the Patriots underachieved today would be to put things mildly. They were outplayed in almost every facet of the game. And as much as it pains me to say this ‘…. they deserved to lose’ !. The Jets were the better team on the day and it most certainly showed. The result was a 16-9 loss, that was clouded by missed opportunities by the Patriots. And an out of sync Tom Brady with his receivers and in particular with the once fleet of foot Joey Galloway. And having watched Galloway today, I’d say that the seasoned veteran has lost more than a step or two. Were he to be involved in a foot race with Rue McClanahan , formerly the actress, who played Blanche Devereaux on the sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’. I’m not inclined to believe that Galloway would in-fact end up winning that particular battle.

Patriots'   receiver  Julian  Edelman  (11)   is   tackled  by  Jets'  defensive  player   Drew  Coleman (30) .       picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images/  Nick Laham  ......................
Patriots' receiver Julian Edelman (11) is tackled by Jets' defensive player Drew Coleman (30) . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Nick Laham ......................

And what was even more self evident with this loss was the fact that the Patriots’ offensive line is nowhere near as good as it ought to be. Time and time again they would crumble under the blitz defense of the New York Jets. And in many ways it looked like he Greeks laying siege to the city of Troy. The only thing here, was that there was no Trojan horse. Only the Jets’ blistering pace of their defense. They hurried and pestered Brady so much so , that when he came out of the pocket he resembled a ballet dancer who’d lost his footing and couldn’t remember whether or not he had to plie’ or jete` pas . But enough with the ballet lessons as it certainly wouldn’t have helped Brady to begin with.

Pats' wide   receiver   Joey  Galloway (13)   drops  a  pass  that's  deflected  by  Jets'  cornerback   Dwight   Lowery  (21)  .   The  veteran  wide  receiver   struggled  somewhat  with  his   game   through  much  of   the  afternoon's   proceedings .     picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Bill  Kostroun  .....................
Pats' wide receiver Joey Galloway (13) drops a pass that's deflected by Jets' cornerback Dwight Lowery (21) . The veteran wide receiver struggled somewhat with his game through much of the afternoon's proceedings . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Bill Kostroun .....................

Jets’ coach, Rex Ryan , had to have been pleased by what he saw from his team on game day. They executed well and didn’t wilt under any perceived pressure proffered by the Patriots -real, or otherwise. They steadily took the Patriots out of their game and continued to play theirs. And in-front of a sold out raucous crowd . Who in large part made their voices be heard by drowning out anything that the Patriots’ fans might have to offer.

Randy  Moss  of  the  Patriots  attempt  a  catch   while  mid-air  .  He's   defended   by  the  Jets'  Kerry Rhodes (25)  and   Jim  Leonard  (36).    The  Jets  would   go  on  to defeat  the  Patriots   16-9  and   now   sit  atop  of  the  AFC  East   with a  2-0  record .  Meanwhile  the  Patriots  are  in   second  place   with  a  1-1  mark .      picture  appears courtesy  of ap/photo/ Kathy Willens   ......................

Randy Moss (81) of the New England Patriots attempts a catch while mid-air. He’s defended by the Jets’ Kerry Rhodes (25) and Jim Leonard (36) during the play. The Jets would go on to defeat the Patriots 16-9 and now sit atop of the AFC East with a 2-0 record. The Patriots sit in second place with a 1-1 mark. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Kathy Willens ……..

And after this defeat Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick remains as stoic as ever. Seemingly, a man who rarely shows his emotions on or off camera. I’ve joked with my friends that he is in-fact ‘Beelzebub’s child’ . Love him or hate him ,you can but only admire the man’s accomplishments as a coach. And as an avowed Pats’ fan, while I’ve at times questioned Belichick’s ways of doing things . I cannot complain with the end results. But now I’ve really got to question the fact why it was that Galloway was brought in to this team ? Granted , he was seen as the Buccaneers’ number one receiver before they released him so abruptly. But who’d have considered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an offensive threat to begin with ? That team moves the ball much like a geriatric has a bowel movement. It’s slow and almost just as painful to watch. What they lack in creativity they more than make up with -in boredom. Such has been the offensive wizardry of the Buccaneers.

And while the Patriots’ defense has still to find its stride . It has become troubling to see it struggle as a unit. Albeit , that there are several new young members on the defensive unit. The loss of Richard Seymour , notwithstanding. Again, a move that I am now beginning to question even if we now have Derrick Burgess , there as a ready made replacement for Seymour. For me , Seymour was the cog that held things together on the defense side and his leadership abilities were unquestioned. The same cannot be said of Burgess as he’s yet to show any at this juncture. But given time then it’s hoped that he’ll be able to do so.

Patriots' quarterback  Tom  Brady  (12)  gestures  before  a  play  is  about  to  be   made  .    picture appear  courtesy  of   getty images  / Nick  Laham  ....................
Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady (12) gestures before a play is about to be made . picture appear courtesy of getty images / Nick Laham ....................

OK , so the Pats are now (1-1) within the AFC East. A division, where as of late they’ve made it their own personal fiefdom. Ruling with unbowed authority and wielding its presence almost at will. Things may well be changing, as we’ll no doubt continue to see the rise of the Jets within the division. Albeit , that I won’t for one moment would discredit the other teams within the division. The Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins may well like to have a say on those very proceedings. But as it now stands the division is the Patriots for the taking should they still possess the will to make it theirs. But based on today’s evidence if they continue to play like this against the other teams on their regular season schedule. There’ll be nothing there for the taking at the end of the day.

As a fan of the team for the better part of over fifteen years I’ve come to think of the Patriots as one of the very few things that I can admire with a great deal of joy when it comes to sports. I’ll continue to support them …..come what may . And I won’t at all not be critical when I feel it justified. As that is a fan’s right no matter what others may well think. Unfortunately , out there in this day and age are some fans who only feel it right support their team unequivocally without so much as a word of criticism. To my mind, that’s not a fan but merely a person purporting to be one. You’ve got to be passionate about your team but you’ve also got to be fair and look for answers to the questions you no doubt want to pose when things aren’t going right for your team. After-all isn’t that what a fan is meant to be about ?

Running   back   Fred  Taylor  of the  Patriots  is   tackled  by  the  Jets'    Kerry Rhodes   and  Darrelle   Revis      during  the   third   quarter  of  the  game   played
Running back Fred Taylor of the Patriots is tackled by the Jets' Kerry Rhodes and Darrelle Revis during the third quarter of the game played

The NFL season may well only be but two weeks old. And still young in its infancy but what are you hoping for as to how your team will fare ? Good , bad or different we all want to see our teams do well , come what may. So at this juncture , I wish you and your team well !
For myself , I’ll be looking for the Patriots to raise the level of their play and for Galloway , included, to show me that he still has what it takes to play in the NFL . Father Time may well be catching up with him. But I’m sure that while that clock is ticking , Joey Galloway can still make the necessary catches and run the routes assigned in order to make him and this team a whole lot better. If not then this team could well be in for something of a harrowing time. But I’d like to think that’s a worse case scenario at this point !

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8 thoughts on “Mr Galloway Regrets ……………

  1. The Jets simply out played them. They kicked their butts. I was very happy this happened. I hate the Pats as much as I hate the Cowboys. Buddy Ryan’s kid is doing very well. He is just like his dad. I good win.

    1. bobbygee

      The troubling thing for me as a Pats’ fan was seeing this team not being able to protect Brady at all . Every time the Jets blitzed our offensive line just simply wilted under the pressure. Never-mind the fact the receivers all of a sudden had the dropsies when it mattered most. If not that then they were several yards to slow to get to a ball. And it wasn’t that it was being overthrown to begin with. There are far too many more problems that this team doesn’t need to have this early in the season.

      Timing or not something has to be definitely done , sooner ,rather than later.

  2. I didn’t see much of the game, but I was definitly surprised that Bellicheck wan’t ready for what the Jets threw at him. It seems like they lose players and get players every year that just step in and help them win. I guess their luck on pcking guys was bound to catch up with them eventually…

    1. chappy81

      Belichick was ready – but the O-line let the team down. As they did little to protect Brady. The Jets just continued to blitz and we just didn’t have an answer for them at all. It was somewhat reminiscent of the Giants vs Pats’ Superbowl. Once our center Patrick Neal went down injured . Osi Umenyiora , Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan basically had their way with us. They put Brady a_s into the ground so many times that he must’ve felt he’d become part of the grass on the field .

      Alan Parkins aka theoraclesays

  3. Well, it sounds like they have more problems than I thought. I guess Fred Taylor isn’t doing much to slow down that rush. I’m sure they’ll figure it out. It took them a few weeks last year after Brady went down, now it looks like they need a few weeks to get used to Brady this year!

    1. chappy81

      I’d like to think that Taylor can still contribute something to this team. Much as in the same way with Galloway. But I was disappointed in the latter’s performance. As to Taylor between he and Faulk . I think that they’ll be used in short yardage situations . And as when necessary also as a slot receiver.

      Maroney will be the one to tote the ball much of the time.

  4. That was a nice little beatdown the Jets laid on ’em, followed up by an even more enjoyable Belishort handshake.

    I’m sure he’d pull a LeBron after each loss if he could.

    That reminded me of his handshake with Mangini or even this weekend’s Meyer-Kiffin post-game greeting.

    No loveloss. Can’t we all just get along?

    1. Chris Humpherys

      The Pats’ O-line has essentially become a sieve. They’ve had more leaks than the levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina set foot within the city. They can’t protect Brady worth a damn ! This all goes back to the Superbowl against the Giants. When Stephen Neal was lost to the team from thereon in they’ve become either gun-shy or have forgotten how to play the game altogether.

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