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Freeney: Patriots "did a great job"

In all the talk about Sunday night’s Patriots-Colts game, there hasn’t been a lot of discussion about anything other than the wild ending and Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on fourth down. So the fact that Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney was held without a sack for the first time all season has been largely overlooked.

Freeney was asked on Tuesday about seeing his sack streak come to an end, and he credited the Patriots for coming up with a game plan to slow him down.

They did a great job,” Freeney said. “They quick-counted when they needed to. They slid the protection when they needed to. I was guessing wrong sometimes. I couldn’t get there.

“Like I’ve always said, if [sacks] come, they come; if they don’t, they don’t. You don’t really know when it’s going to happen. The big thing is about winning the game.”
 
Mike Reiss, the Patriots beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, noted during the game that the Patriots’ ability to protect quarterback Tom Brady was allowing him to exploit mismatches between the Patriots’ receivers and the Colts’ depleted secondary, and that Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer beat Freeney one-on-one on Brady’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss. That would have been one of the major post-game storylines if the Patriots had won the game.

Instead, the Patriots failed to convert on fourth-and-2, the Colts came back and won, and everyone forgot how well the Patriots protected Brady. Everyone, that is, except for Freeney, who remembers that the Patriots did a great job, even if they didn’t win.

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  1. phailing101 says: Nov 18, 2009 9:58 AM

    They built up Vollmer all game. He did a great job……but Freeney was being chipped and was doubled often…..I wonder why Mathis had the game he did!

  2. Kiss Bills Rings says: Nov 18, 2009 10:02 AM

    Yes, it was a tough loss…..however, after seeing how the Patriots pretty much had their way with the Colts in their house I do not fear having to take them on in the playoffs again at their house….I’ve always said I’d rather lose to a great team in the regular season as opposed to the post season….I expect another great game with a much different ending if these 2 teams meet up again……

  3. Tyler says: Nov 18, 2009 10:13 AM

    I’m sure Vollmer will remain the starter, even if Light comes back.

  4. Richm2256 says: Nov 18, 2009 10:20 AM

    While Vollmer held Freeney thoroughly in check, credit the Colts and Mathis for their second half pressuring of Brady that kept him from scoring in the third quarter. Shame on Nick Kazur.
    I’m a Pat’s fan, but give credit where it is due.

  5. d-phinfan says: Nov 18, 2009 10:37 AM

    Vollmer did a great job against my Dolphins too, but why doesn’t Moss get called for ANY of his push-offs?? I understand that Great Veteren players (which Moss is) get generous calls but some of these plays the last few weeks are way too obvious for the refs to continue to look the other way.

  6. sim448 says: Nov 18, 2009 10:37 AM

    all i can say is remember 2007. As the pats know, the regular season doesnt mean crap besides getting to the playoffs. the pats know they are a better team than indy. they f’ed up, but they wont next time they play, kind of like when the giants should have beat the pats in the regular season in 07, but they obviously made up for that. look out colts, you better hope you dont face the pats OR chargers in the playoffs….

  7. tomservo24 says: Nov 18, 2009 11:04 AM

    All the so called draft “experts” laughed when the Pats took Vollmer in the second round, when most of them had him as a late rounder or even UDFA. Vollmer had been superb and should be the starter at left tackle for the rest of the season. When Matt Light comes back move him to RT and put Kaczur on the bench. Then auction Light off to the highest bidder in the offseason, most likely to Pioli in KC, McDaniels in Denver, or GB.

  8. MSWRavens says: Nov 18, 2009 11:13 AM

    If the kid in Buffalo doesn’t fumble a kickoff & Mark Clayton doesn’t drop the easiest pass to catch EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL…the Pats would be 4-5 and looking about as successful as the Red Sox this year. Pats fans and the sycophant media need to get over themselves. Pats ain’t in the conversation this year…it’s the Colts & the Bengals…the Steelers because they always seem to find a way…and the Chargers might make that run after all. The rest are pretenders.

  9. JP says: Nov 18, 2009 11:14 AM

    Vollmer is a beast, and has *earned* the starting position even after Light comes back from the injury.
    And I agree with the earlier comment about Kaczur. Mathis was taking him out to the back shed all game long–especially in the second half when the Pats really needed a little more pass protection.

  10. FireJerryJones says: Nov 18, 2009 11:21 AM

    Great game. Overshadowed by the 4th quarter coaching call.
    Mathis had a great game against Kaczur. He had some RB and TE support at times and Vollmer was on his own. I didn’t see them favoring one guy or the other.
    Vollmer looks like the real deal… and was quick enough to match Freeney. They say they want him to put on 30 pounds next year. Not sure that’s a good idea against a speed rusher.
    Interesting draft choice. So was Logan Mankins a couple years ago. Nobody else had these guys on their radar… Jets for example haven’t picked an O lineman in first two rounds since 2001.
    Neither defense was particularly good.

  11. HarrisonHits says: Nov 18, 2009 11:23 AM

    @MSWRavens
    Typical Raven fan, just like Ray Lewis and the rest of your players. All they ever have to say is WWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  12. eph521 says: Nov 18, 2009 11:23 AM

    Let’s also not forget that the score was 34-28 and the Colts stopped the Pats on 3rd down, forcing 4th down and normally a punting situation. The point is… despite the Pats looking great and controlling much of the game, the Colts were still in the game… and since it’s a 60 minute game, it’s simply inaccurate and biased to claim the Pats are so much better than the Colts and that they “should” have won the game. It’s more accurate to say these are two solid football teams.

  13. Ranoversquarells says: Nov 18, 2009 11:25 AM

    Having attended the game I can safely say Vollmer is quite the beast capable of handling his own against most NFL greats. There will be growing pains at some point but I say ride the wave while it lasts. Worst case scenerio, Light comes back and we put Vollmer on the right side and kick Kazur to the curb.

  14. ampats says: Nov 18, 2009 11:34 AM

    MSW Raven, if,if if, that is why the game is decided on who make the plays and who doesn’t. Obviously, the Ravens continue not to make the plays when it counts. Very impressive win Monday night. LOL.
    In the immortal words of your leader Ray Murder Lewis, your comments for a football fan are EMBARRASSING.

  15. launcher says: Nov 18, 2009 11:37 AM

    @ HarrisonHits
    Why are you ripping on MSWRavens? They may be cry babies, but that post had nothing to do with whining. Seems like you are just bitter he didn’t mention your team as a contender.

  16. MSWRavens says: Nov 18, 2009 11:37 AM

    HarrisonHits:
    it hurts so bad doesn’t it…that your New England teams SUUUUUUUCCCCKKKK this year!!! Actually, how good have the Pats been since they got caught and had to stop cheating???
    Of course, your obviously a Rodney Harrison fan, so you know a lot about dirty play, cheating, and whining, don’t ya???!!!

  17. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 11:53 AM

    “it hurts so bad doesn’t it…that your New England teams SUUUUUUUCCCCKKKK this year!!! Actually, how good have the Pats been since they got caught and had to stop cheating???”
    ^^^^^
    Since you ask, 35-9 since they “had to stop cheating”, including the second unbeaten regular season in NFL season. Right, the Pats are completely irrelevant.
    Considering three of the Ravens five wins came against Cleveland and KC, maybe you should be a little more concerned about your own team…which is likely not going to make the playoffs this year…and maybe have your civic leaders try to steal an MLB, NBA or NFL franchise since your god forsaken hellhole of a city won’t be hosting any big league sporting events from January until next September.

  18. Richm2256 says: Nov 18, 2009 11:58 AM

    ” Actually, how good have the Pats been since they got caught and had to stop cheating???”
    How many times do you have to be smacked in the head before you realize how stupid that is?
    They went 18-1 after Spygate, they went 11-5 the next year without Brady, and they are 6-3 so far this year.
    That’s 35-9. How’s that stack up to YOUR team the past 2 1/2 seasons? Do the math, Einstein, and then STFU please.

  19. deepthreat says: Nov 18, 2009 12:01 PM

    MSWRavens,
    See October 4th…
    And the Patriots are 33-8 (regular season) since they got caught “cheating”.
    The Ravens whine more than any team in the league.

  20. pfii63 says: Nov 18, 2009 12:02 PM

    Glad to see the haters are as ignorant as ever… at least there are some constants in the Universe.
    As to Vollmer, the kid is a stud and did very well on Freeney when one on one with him. It is time for Nick Kaczur to be demoted and move Light to the right side.

  21. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 12:03 PM

    “Pats ain’t in the conversation this year…it’s the Colts & the Bengals…the Steelers because they always seem to find a way”
    ^^^^^
    Right, because the Patriots never “found a way” during their string of 3 Super Bowls in 4 years. Just like they couldn’t “find a way” at Baltimore on MNF in 2007.
    Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since…I can’t even remember…1990?
    Colts always “find a way” to collapse. If they play SD, they’re screwed.
    And the Steelers always “find a way”, like in ’07 (lost in wildcard game at home), ’06 (missed playoffs), ’04 (embarrassed on home field by NE) and ’03 (missed playoffs). They are dangerous as hell, but they are also a Troy Polamalu injury away from playing their way out of playoff contention.

  22. kbin007 says: Nov 18, 2009 12:14 PM

    @ FireJerryJones
    “Jets for example haven’t picked an O lineman in first two rounds since 2001.”
    In 2006 the Jets used 2 first round picks on their O-line… D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold.
    As far as Vollmer is concerned, I think he has a bright future in this league. My only real concern with him is injuries, as he was forced to miss his sophomore season and had to have back surgery when he was with the University of Houston. Those types of injuries tend to be lifelong.

  23. eph521 says: Nov 18, 2009 12:26 PM

    I don’t know hayward… you’re leaving out all the failures of the Pats too, yep, they’ve had some great success stories too, but leaving out their failures makes you seem biased. I agree with most of what you say otherwise… but include the good/bad for each team, not just the bad for everyone else.

  24. whatabunchofcrap says: Nov 18, 2009 12:34 PM

    You’re all a bunch of babies.
    Pointless fighting from your couches while the real players do all the work.
    The bottom line is that all of your teams are good at times and bad at times. Like was said earlier, it’s a 60 minute game. The score at the end of the game is all that matters. There’s no rule stating that the game must of awarded to the team that seemed to play better.
    The Colts beat the Pats. Get over it.

  25. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 1:02 PM

    “I don’t know hayward… you’re leaving out all the failures of the Pats too, yep, they’ve had some great success stories too, but leaving out their failures makes you seem biased. ”
    ^^^^^
    Well of course I am biased. I wouldn’t try to convince anyone otherwise.
    Failures? You bet. The last four seasons have ended with 3 of my 5 most hated teams hoisting the Lombardi trophy. A Reche Caldwell caught pass vs. Indy in ’06 and a David F’n Tyree drop and the Pats could have 5 titles. It sucks. God forbid the Chargers or the Jesters were to win the Bowl this year, I’d probably have to be committed.
    But to say that the Patriots are out of the conversation or irrelevant is just silly talk.

  26. crispy says: Nov 18, 2009 1:08 PM

    Colts are definitely bringing their “C” game more often than not this year.
    And we’re still 9-0.
    God help you all if our “A” game shows up…

  27. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 1:19 PM

    “You’re all a bunch of babies.
    Pointless fighting from your couches while the real players do all the work.”
    ^^^^^
    Maybe, but we’ll still be able to walk up a flight of stairs and recite the alphabet in five years.
    Well, most of us anyway.

  28. MSWRavens says: Nov 18, 2009 1:37 PM

    Glad to have stirred it up!!! First of all, since all you Beantown idiots are barely able to read, let me spell it out for your small minds AGAIN. The contenders: Bengals, Steelers, Colts…maybe Chargers.
    Did I praise the Ravens? NO! Dump on ‘em all you like. I will agree with you that the Ravens will be watching the Super Bowl at the same place as the Patriots this year – on the couch!
    Did the cheating comment hurt? well deal with it. Your coach & organization are a bunch of cheaters. Caught red-handed…can’t deny it. It’s even more obvious than the steroid fueled Manny being Manny (do you guys still like that saying?) and Ortiz won Series. You cheat, got caught, the label shall forever be yours! You can call Ray Lewis a murderer, because none of bothered to follow any of the trial, I am sure. Unlike your team being caught cheating, Ray wasn’t convicted…in fact all the comments about him stabbing someone are hilarious, given that the guy never even possessed the murder weapon…but why let the facts get in the way.
    The Ravens whine more than anyone? That’s also pretty funny coming from fans of Pretty Boy Brady. Can he beg for more penalties??? Really…when someone farts in his direction he’s crying for a flag. And Rodney Harrison, biggest cheap shot artist in league history…and you guys complain???
    Puh-leez…anyway, my point was and is that the Pats just ain’t that good this year. Deal with it…and piss on my Ravens all you like. At least I’m not in denial like all you New England pansies…
    Enjoy the rest of your flame-out season!!!

  29. davis1281 says: Nov 18, 2009 1:43 PM

    MSWRavens says:
    November 18, 2009 11:13 AM
    If the kid in Buffalo doesn’t fumble a kickoff & Mark Clayton doesn’t drop the easiest pass to catch EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL…the Pats would be 4-5 and looking about as successful as the Red Sox this year. Pats fans and the sycophant media need to get over themselves. Pats ain’t in the conversation this year…it’s the Colts & the Bengals…the Steelers because they always seem to find a way…and the Chargers might make that run after all. The rest are pretenders.
    —————————————————
    If if if. If the ravens get to play kc and clevland
    a few more times this year they may a few
    more wins.
    If is a big word!
    All that matters is after 9 games the pats are 6-3
    with a 2 game lead in the afc east and the ravens
    are in 3rd place.
    One of the 2 will be in the postseason.
    And it probably won’t be baltimore!!

  30. frank booth says: Nov 18, 2009 1:57 PM

    How is it that NE fans think that the Patriots handled the Colts in their house? They gave up 35 points, over 400 yards, and lost the game.
    They handled the Jets and the Broncos well, too.

  31. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 1:58 PM

    “Glad to have stirred it up!!! ”
    ^^^^^
    Yeah, but if you have to make ignorant comments that clearly display that you don’t know what your talking about, and that instantly erase any credibility you have…it’s probably not worth it.
    Next.

  32. MSWRavens says: Nov 18, 2009 3:23 PM

    Hayward – you say I “make ignorant comments that clearly display that you don’t know what your talking about” simply because IMHO the Patriots just don’t match up this year…and that’s AFTER you admit that you’re biased (notice that I’m ignorant enough to know that the proper usage of the English language in your comment would include the contraction “you’re” in place of “your”…but you are a Pats fan, so I’ll let you slide)
    I hate the Steelers more than anything, but I watch enough football and follow closely enough to know that they find crazy ways to somehow pull it out…as opposed to the Patriots who to my mind’s eye win in very conventional ways with superior talent. Which is why your comment about Polamalu suggests that you don’t know what you’re (not your) talking about. Take Polamalu away and these guys will still find a way to make it to the playoffs, and I’d still bet them against NE on the road! It’s also funny that you would say they’re a Polamalu injury away from falling out of playoff contention when we KNOW what happens if Tom Brady gets hurt. The rest of the Patriots, including the so-called genius coach, fold. But it’s not fair to compare a QB to a safety…so lets say that you’re one Wes Welker injury away…so what.
    Bottom line is that as a Baltimore fan I hate the Steelers and the Colts more than I could EVER hate the Patriots. But having watched a lot of all of these teams…and the Bengals…IMHO the Pats just don’t match up this year. Trading Seymour was short-term stupid. Coupled with your losses on D to injury and retirement, they’re just not as good. You can cry about it all you like. You can throw barbs at my second or third tier Ravens all you want. But to the outside unbiased world…even to those like me who should be biased in favor of the Pats v. Steelers/Colts…it’s going to be a long winter for you…IMHO! If you think that makes me ignorant or silly, I bet you have a mirror in your house…go and look in it!

  33. davis1281 says: Nov 18, 2009 4:10 PM

    we KNOW what happens if Tom Brady gets hurt. The rest of the Patriots, including the so-called genius coach, fold. But it’s not fair to compare a QB to a safety…so lets say that you’re one Wes Welker injury away…so what.
    You are a dumbass, they went 11-5
    without Brady!
    And yes they did not make the playoffs
    but that’s still pretty good.
    And to say they are a welker inj away,
    you can say that about every team
    that has a pass first 0!
    Wayne and Clark are the colts leading rec
    it would hurt them if they lost one of those
    guys.
    Again, there are 7 games left in the regular season
    come back after week 16

  34. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 4:23 PM

    @ MSWRavens:
    Thanks for the grammar lesson. I know the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ and I don’t care enough when responding to you to proofread a lengthy post. The fact that you get on a high horse over something so inconsequential is questionable at best, and obnoxious at worst, but I digress nonetheless…
    First of all, we have some common ground in hating the Steelers. With that said, the Steelers are unbeaten with Polamalu in the lineup, but have 3 losses in game where he does not play all or majority of the game, including one to a very suspect Chicago club. They are a very different team with him in the lineup, both this year and past years. I don’t see how this is debatable, but please, feel free to enlighten us with your wisdom since you see what I apparently do not.
    Second, you state that the Patriots are one Tom Brady injury away from folding. Did you watch last season? 11-5 with no Tom Brady, the first 11-5 team to miss the playoffs under the current playoff format. What say you?
    Lastly, I am not stating that this is the best Patriots team this decade. Far from it, probably the fourth most talented team they’ve put of the field behind 2003, ’04 and ’07…mainly because they are lacking veteran leadership on defense. That doesn’t mean that they are not going anywhere. Their defense is still better than expected, and they line has significantly improved by the subtraction of Matt Light.
    You can pooh pooh the Pats all you want…people have been trying to write them off since 2004, to no avail. I’m just letting you know, though, that it is very ill advised to underestimate this team, especially Brady and Belichick, who are still looking to avenge the catastrophic ending to 2007. If that season proved anything, its that what happens from September thru December is inconsequential.

  35. hayward giablommi says: Nov 18, 2009 4:36 PM

    @ MSWRavens:
    To further illustrate my point, two years ago today, the Giants were going nowhere and Tom Coughlin was a terrible coach, destinated to be fired at the end of the season. I thought it, you thought it, and everyone else thought it.
    January brings a new season.

  36. CornFlorio says: Nov 18, 2009 8:09 PM

    One word translation of all of the Pats fan posts here:
    WAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!
    The “rallying cry” of New England/Boston sports fan since 1919. LMFAO!!!!

  37. Richm2256 says: Nov 19, 2009 12:07 AM

    “Trading Seymour was short-term stupid.”
    Exactly, you understand the thought behind the Seymour trade even though you don’t have a clue HOW…
    Seymour was on the decline, everyone in New England knows that. He’s still good, he could still help them this year.
    Now follow closely, MSWravens;
    Seymour’s contract was running out.
    Seymour would have taken too much money to re-sign, when he was – say it with me now – IN DECLINE.
    They would have lost him to free agency without any consideration at all.
    So they found a team stupid enough to take this contract headache away from them, the Raiders, and now Seymour’s free agentcy or new contract was Oakland’s headache.
    It gets better, wait!
    LONG TERM (this is where it starts to come clear, MSW), New England gets a first round draft pick from Oakland in 2011. Now, we all know that Oakland sucks this year, and most likely they’ll still suck NEXT YEAR, so the Patriots are likely to get a very high pick from Oakland in that 2011 draft…..
    You still with me, Bunky?
    Here is the REAL long-term “smart” part of the Seymour trade. Tom Brady can’t play forever, much as we’d love him to. The thinking around New England is that the Patriots take that 2011 Raiders first round pick and, are you here for the pay-off, MSW? – THEY DRAFT TOM BRADY’S REPLACEMENT WITH THAT PICK!!!!
    And they continue to be great for years to come with that young QB that Brady grooms to takeover as he rides off into retirement with God knows how many Super Bowl rings at that point in time.
    Short term stupid = Long term smart.
    This is why your Ravens suck, while we’re watching playoff games almost every year in New England.
    And if the best you can do is point out a grammatical error in this post, you are only proving what a true loser you are.

  38. pubobby2004 says: Nov 19, 2009 3:33 PM

    i agree with freeney. the pats did a great job. they really played hard all 60 minutes. thanks for coming out and giving us 100%.
    too bad 100% got you beat 35-34
    see you next year (and i don’t mean in january)

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