Welcome to a bye week edition of The Barth Bag. What happens when a team picks up its first loss of the season and then has to sit on it for two weeks? Everybody starts to question reality. With a big-picture focus, let’s get to this week’s questions…
Can Wynn help fix the run game enough for it to be serviceable ?
— Kevin Mac a/k/a Rob Thugkowski (@KevinMac121) November 8, 2019
Wynn’s return will be a huge boost to both the ground game and the passing game. If you can look past his inability to stay on the field, Wynn has been a solid left tackle in limited time. If he can stay healthy for the rest of 2019, it will revolutionize the whole offense.
Can’t help wondering now (with the benefit of 50/50 hindsight) why the Pats didn’t go after one of the fine TE’s that were available in the draft. Were they hoping against hope that Gronk would come back? Harry and Harris and the DB they drafted have not paid huge dividends yet.
— mike (@mike20691147) November 8, 2019
If you remember back to April, the consensus was that there were two NFL ready potential studs in the draft in TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant. After that, the rest of the group looked like a bunch of projects. I think they wanted a chance to draft an immediate impact player, but didn’t have a shot at Hockenson (who went 8th overall) or Fant (20th). Instead of bringing in another project tight end, they got creative and drafted a player in N’Keal Harry who was NFL ready and could be viewed as a WR/TE hybrid. Now obviously Harry got hurt and that hasn’t worked out, but at the time it seemed like a strong strategy.
For you, who would be the patriots’ defensive MVP? I know Gilmore is a huge contender, but I really like what @KVN_03 has been doing this season.
— RafaelLópezOficial (@Rafa_lopez08) November 8, 2019
So I’m one of those people who like to emphasize the V (valuable) in MVP. With that being the case, I have to go with Gilmore. The reason they’ve been able to be so creative with their blitz packages and coverage schemes is knowing Gilmore is going to take away the other team’s top option each and every game. The other 10 guys on the field can’t do what they’re doing if not for Gilmore. If you want to talk about best, I’d say either Jamie Collins or Kyle Van Noy. Both have been not only outstanding, but multi-dimensional as well. And I don’t need to tell any of you how important versatility is in Bill Belichick’s defense.
How’s Ja’Whaun Bentley doing? I haven’t heard much about him because the other boogeymen have been dominating the headlines… Any signs of a sophomore leap after the promising start to last year?
— Nick Perfetuo (@NickPerf33) November 8, 2019
Bentley has been good…when he is on the field. So far this season, he was played 33.82% of the Patriots defensive snaps. I wouldn’t say his reduced role is do to lack of trying though. It is more a result of the emergence of Jamie Collins. There are only so many linebacker snaps to go around, and Bentley has been the odd man out. Look for him to have a bigger role next season.
Do you think that the Eagles are are big challenge for the team. I don’t believe they are.
— Jesus Fernandez (@Jade1234ever) November 8, 2019
The Eagles are a decent team, but I expect the Patriots to roll them next week. They are coming off a bye, coming off a loss, and it’s a Super Bowl revenge game. I expect the Pats to play their best game of the year so far in Philly.
We know Patriots offense is mediocre due to WRs being a swinging door. The question is should I invest in tacos or fish market?
— Spiritanimal (@Spirita11271117) November 8, 2019
This is my favorite question so far this year. You can never go wrong with fish in New England. Imagine being from Nebraska or Iowa and thinking Red Lobster is the hight of seafood delicacy. Not me, not ever.