Some final thoughts on the Patriots win over the Jets
|11.14.11 at 8:23 pm ET|
Before the page is turned, three more things about Patriots and Jets…
Julian Edelman working as a defensive back: With New England perilously think at corner after the injury to Devin McCourty, the former college quarterback worked as the slot corner for a handful of plays in the second half. (ESPN Boston had him listed with four defensive snaps.) On Monday, Bill Belichick said the Patriots went with less intricate coverage schemes when he was in the game, but added that Edelman knows his way around the defensive playbook. “He has to be able to play what we’re running,” explained Belichick on Monday. “We’re not probably looking to run every single call in the book at that point; we’re going with two or three calls there at the end of the game because of the situation. He’ll know enough; he does know enough. He’s a smart kid. He’s worked in there before. He would know enough to do be able to do whatever it is we have.”
The Patriots won the special teams battle: It wasn’t just Niko Koutouvides recovering a key fumble on a third-quarter punt. It wasn’t just Zoltan Mesko putting two of his four punts inside the 20 and averaging 46.8 yards per punt. And it wasn’t just Matthew Slater making a great special teams tackle on a punt return. Stephen Gostkowski rebounded from one of the worst games of his career to go 3-for-3 on field goal attempts (connecting from 50, 36 and 27 yards), put four of his nine kickoffs in the end zone and make good on all four extra-point attempts. When compared to his counterpart Nick Folk (who set the tone with a missed 24-yarder on the Jets opening drive), Gostkowski certainly stood tall.
No Gary Guyton: At all: There were various moments during the night where we saw Guyton standing on the sidelines. He was dressed and ready to go, but all his snaps at inside linebacker were taken by Jeff Tarpinian. In the end, the only two players who dressed but did not play a single snap were Guyton and backup quarterback Brian Hoyer. (We tried to find out how many times, if at all, Guyton dressed but did not play, but we couldn’t find it. According to Pro Football Focus, Sunday night marked the fewest snaps for Guyton since he played just two snaps in Week 2 of the 2008 season against the Jets.) Guyton was questionable heading into the game with a shoulder injury. On Monday, Belichick was asked about Guyton’s playing time. “Players that were active for the game were active for the game. The players that weren’t active, either weren’t active because of injuries or because of coaching decisions,” Belichick said. “Anybody that was active for the game was able to play. He missed some time this week in practice and that was a concern going into the game, but he was active for the game.”