The Patriots offense has struggled the last two games for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one may be the team’s inability to beat press man coverage on the outside.
The Cowboys and Steelers both did a good job jamming the New England wideouts. Without a true speed guy on the roster, the Patriots don’t have a player that can make defenses pay for this approach.
“We wanted to throw off some timing, play some press coverage, really try to be aggressive in our zones and it worked today,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark told Tom Curran of CSNNE.com on Sunday. “It’s not basketball. Turn it into a football game. Because if it’s basketball, we can’t beat ‘em. I think we were able to do that.”
This is where Chad Ochocinco should help out, but that doesn’t look likely. He hasn’t caught a pass the last two games. The team may look to second year pro Taylor Price more.
“[Price] has done a good job in practice and he’s a guy that we’ve got to get him some more reps in the games,” offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien said Tuesday.
The Patriots need to try something different. They don’t really have a vertical threat, and it doesn’t appear like Ochocinco is going to become useful anytime soon.