2020 Game Goat Thread: WCG vs Titans

SeoulSoxFan

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Close but you can't win with only 13 points at home.

Defense did its job as usual. It was the offense that really never got it together.

The failed goal line effort, the Mason penalty, and the late Edelman drop stand out.

Somehow, I am not shocked at the loss. It's going to be the most defining off-season since BB arrived in NE.
 

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Coaching.

That 4th and 4 punt was terrible. You know your defense cannot stop Henry.

WRs. Harry I'm sure has a bright future, but Edelman had a killer drop and Sanu was disappointing after the first half.
 

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HM Bailey, he gave up 60+ yards of field position
 

heavyde050

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For the first time in a loss this year, Brady doesn’t belong anywhere in this thread.
Jules
Harry
Brooks (I think he gave up both third downs)
Play calling at the 1 yard line.
 

Miniman

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McD for the goal line suckage.
Receivers for the drops.
D coaching for not filling the box against Henry.
 

BaseballJones

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Failure to score from the one
Decision to punt on fourth down late

They really held Ten to 14 points.
 

scotian1

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Close but you can't win with only 13 points at home.

Defense did its job as usual. It was the offense that really never got it together.

The failed goal line effort, the Mason penalty, and the late Edelman drop stand out.

Somehow, I am not shocked at the loss. It's going to be the most defining off-season since BB arrived in NE.
Those three offensive misses were really the difference. If either of the first two didn't happen in the negative, they probably would have won the game.
 

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That drop by Jules that he catches 99 times out of 100 took it from like 90% win expectancy to like 10% (numbers guesstimated). Sigh. I didn’t expect a SB or anything, but the Pats were definitely the better team tonight. Annoying to go down in such a stupid and undramatic way.
 

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At least Edelman got open enough to have a pass thrown at him that he could drop. Harry plays like he is brain dead
 

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Jules needed to make that catch. Bigger picture though, there is something about Sony Michel not ever fighting for extra yardage (often looking to avoid contact altogether) that just does not feel right to me. Goal line play-calling was uninspired.
 

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Jules needed to make that catch. Bigger picture though, there is something about Sony Michel not ever fighting for extra yardage (often looking to avoid contact altogether) that just does not feel right to me. Goal line play-calling was uninspired.
Michel is a stiff at times to me and I can’t believe they wasted a first round pick on him or any running back for that matter.
 

Harry Hooper

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Josh {multiple reasons, especially his tendency to under-use White in the playoffs).
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McCourty. Missed two huge tackles back to back.
Yeah, that failure to drive a tackle through Tannehill's hips was putrid.
 

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Offensive coaching (including Belichick for some super conservative calls), Mason for terrible ineligible penalty, Edelman for terrible drop.

Defense did its job 100%.
 

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The energy on the Patriots' bench looked like the team was down by three touchdowns instead of one point in the fourth quarter. Brady looked out of it.
 

TheRooster

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That drop by Jules that he catches 99 times out of 100 took it from like 90% win expectancy to like 10% (numbers guesstimated). Sigh. I didn’t expect a SB or anything, but the Pats were definitely the better team tonight. Annoying to go down in such a stupid and undramatic way.
This X10 except if say he makes the catch more like 85% of the time. Drops have been part of the package
 

bagwell1

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I could write a paragraph with all of the possibilities but my two biggest are the goal line sequence of Josh doing the same thing and expecting a different result and the Belichick 4th Q punting decisions. But, pretty much a well deserved all around team loss.
 

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It's over folks. I thought we might have one last hurrah and could pull some coaching genious but no.

On the bright side - what a run !!!!!!!
let's revel in that !!!
 

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Because any time he has a halfway decent hole he gets you 4 to 8 yards? The OL fucked him all year, as did the lack of talent at WR/TE which allowed opposing defenses to stack the box.
We saw Singletary in the early game overcome this.

It was just a weird game. Nothing special on the goal line. No real plan for the final kickoff return. Nothing up their sleeves for 4th down near midfield.

I guess they hadn’t been holding anything back.
 

Harry Hooper

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How can they afford to bring Brady back and still have enough money to fix the holes the have?
Brady's drawing about $13 million from the cap whether he plays for the Pats or not next season.
 

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1. The offense. This was just a disastrous performace by the offense. There is nothing good that can be said about this performance. But some offensive players and deserve to be singled out for special attention.
2. Julian Edelman. At the decisive point in the game where one decent drive would have won it, he is open for a first down and drops the ball.
3. Shaq Mason. The most successful offensive play of the second half was the play where Brady kept a play alive by scrambling behind the line until he spotted Watson deep downfield and hit him for a huge 38 yard gain. Which was called back because Shaq Mason was illegally downfield.
4. Sony "Softer than Charmin" Michel. This guy is a system runner. He gets (most of) the yards that is blocked for him and basically nothing more. And I doubt there are many runners in the league who get caught behind the line of scrimmage more often. On Tennessee's decisive goal line stand in the first half, with the Pats 1st and goal from the 1, they ran Michel for a 1 yard loss, Burkhead for a 1 yard gain, and then Michel for a 2 yard loss before kicking the FG. Should have been 3 runs to Burkhead, or even some kind of outside thing to White if they were going to run in.
5. Josh McDaniels. This man chose, on a key 3rd-and-short, to give the ball to fucking Elandon Roberts, a fucking linebacker. Also, why does McDaniels hate the end around to N'Keal Harry? Their offense is shit, and they ran this play 5 times in the last 3 weeks, for 0, 9, 10, 12, and 18 yards. They ran it only once today, picking up 7. I get that you aren;t winning games by running those kind of trick plays, but if it is one of the few things that works consistently, why not try it a couple more times?
6. Tom Brady. I hate to say it, but in the past he has been able to step up a little bit, even when the offense is bad. Not this year. 6-15 in the second half, for about 60 yards and including a pick 6.
7. Bill Belichick. I hate to say this, too, but Mike Vrabel made an absolute fool of him. He, too, should maybe think about hanging them up, if this is the best he can do. He stood by and watched Vrabel run nearly 2 minutes off of the clock before punting from midfield - 2 minutes the Patriots badly needed, as it turned out. And then his futzing around with the punt return team in the final moments ended whatever chance that Pats might have had to drive for a FG.

The only positive sign in this whole game was the defense. Despite not being matched up well to go against Henry in personnel terms, and despite giving up a ton of yards to him, they allowed only 14 points all game and basically pitched a second half shutout, coming up with some big plays along the way. They were not absolutely perfect, allowing Tennessee to gain first downs and run clock in its final drive, but altogether they played well enough to win this even with a subpar offensive performance. Too bad the offense and the coaching weren't just subpar but disastrous.