December 10, 2016

Jaworski’s Thoughts

With the Patriots/Ravens game being shown on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, analyst Ron Jaworski had a conference call this week with the media to talk about the game. You’ve read bits and pieces of his comments in different stories, here’s a collection of his thoughts from the conference call:

On the potent Patriots offense …
“Quite honestly this is the best offense I have ever seen. They are going to score points. … This is an offense that is going to move the football. They believe in being aggressive in the first half. They had 29 plays called (against the Eagles) – 28 were shot-gun passes. They are aggressive in the passing game because their offensive line is playing well. They have every dimension at the receiving corps that a quarterback could want. They have an excellent receiving back in Kevin Faulk, particularly a great screen back. They are going to score points.” jaworski.jpg

On performance of Randy Moss last week vs. Eagles …
“When I went through the tape, it was the first time that I was personally disappointed in a Randy Moss performance. I did not see the same energy on every single play that I had seen so far this season. When he was the No. 1 go-to guy on a route, he gave great effort and hustle. There were some plays on the back side, when he wasn’t the primary receiver, I did not see the great effort. Knowing how the Patriots handle things internally, I’m sure there have been some discussions on Randy, ‘Every snap, we need 100 percent out of you.’ I thought a few times Tom (Brady) tried to get him involved in the game and tried to force some balls in to him.”

On how best to attack the Patriots’ defense …
“If there is a weakness where you can attack, it’s the linebacking corps on the passing game of the Patriots. They are very stout against the run – the front seven, three down-linemen, four linebackers, particularly (Tedy) Bruschi on the inside and (Junior) Seau and now Adalius (Thomas) will be moved to the outside. They are really, really good against the run, but if you can get some isolation routes on them in pass coverage, I think you can take advantage of it. And, if the quarterback reads that coverage quickly, because they do a great job of disguising what they want to do, you have the opportunity for some big plays.”

Comparing the ’72 Dolphins to the ’07 Patriots …
“The biggest disparity is how the game is played nowadays. You look at Shula’s undefeated team in ’72, it was a ball-control team. It was real ‘blacksmith football’. They were just going to hammer you with the running game and play that good solid defense. The Patriots are just the opposite of that. This is throw-ball, ‘we’re just going to keep scoring and scoring and scoring’ (team). It’s really two different football teams in two different eras.”

On whether the Ravens can duplicate the Eagles success against the Patriots last week …
“The Eagles may not have that No. 1, go-to wide receiver but they do have a pretty good receiving corps where they can bring in three, four receivers. But what you really have to factor in there is Brian Westbrook, who is a big-play difference-maker. I don’t see where the Ravens have that kind of player who is going to give a defense that kind of matchup problem. … A.J. Feeley did a very good of making the read, quickly processing information and then getting the ball out of his hand right away. And I don’t think that Kyle Boller, at this point in his career, can necessarily do that.”

On Hall of Famer Don Shula’s planned visit to ESPN’s MNF booth Monday in Baltimore …
“The one thing we know about Coach Shula is that he will not hold anything back.’’

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