September 25, 2017

Take A Lap – DB Jonathan Wilhite

by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff

What should have been a carefree romp through the fields of Houston turned into a costly cowplop as New England gave up 21 points in the final 10 minutes, blowing a 14-point lead to lose, 34-27. (We’re not even going to mention Wes Welker’s injury. Hey, why pile on?)

Perhaps no player had more to do with the fourth-quarter collapse than cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, though it should be noted that no defender should have left this game feeling good about himself.

A couple of tidbits in our defense (so to speak):

At 10:15 remaining, third and 15 from New England’s 46, Wilhite played several yards behind Jacoby Jones to allow a 17-yard completion. Jones scored the eight-yard TD catch two minutes later to cut the Pats’ lead to seven.

At the six-minute mark, Wilhite gave Andre Johnson the out pattern on a third and 12, allowing 15 yards. The Texans’ touchdown on this drive was set up by a 10-yard completion to Andra Davis that reached the one-yard line, also in front of Wilhite.

Therefore, Mr. Wilhite, for laying off of receivers at the wrong times and for your missed tackles on the day, we at PD ask you to take the infamous lap.

Also lap-worthy: The run defense for their absolute disappearance, especially during what turned out to be their final four plays. Arian Foster finished his day with runs of 6, 12, 7, and 3 yards, the last of which met about as much resistance from the Pats’ front seven as a hockey puck on fresh ice. Hey, inappropriately named run defense? Run a lap.

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  1. A lot of laps need to be run – Where was the pass rush? Fumble in the end zone after a goal line stop? Kick off returns not see the 30 yard line? The O-Line that leaked in the 4th, and the inability (I know I bring this up every week) of the offensive coordinators to adjust the game plan accordingly.

    Heck, you know what, I’m gonna take a lap myself – I was WAY too overconfident sitting down and looking at this game. I even zoned out when Brady took a seat in the second. I’ll take 2 laps, just for that!

  2. Terry Fields says:

    Wilhite has been the weak link all season long with absolutely no improvement. Whenever an opposition WR is running in for a touchdown, #24 is in chase — always, go back and look at the film. The kid should have been cut in training camp, and for some odd reason it left Springs on the bench most of the year. Just one more of Belichick’s strange decisions this year. Let us all pray that Charlie Weis will come back to add his professionalism to this team. And since we are in a praying mood, could someone send over even a high school defensive coach to help out?


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