I believe Belichick is too: he is aware of Mut 22 coins the potential damage this Tampa defense could do to his young quarterback, and he needs to know what the outcome will be. If Brady is looking great, and Mac looks terrible and the Bucs steamroll the Pats then the fans will be talking about it.
We may have underestimated the Patriots' rush attack and offensive line. Jones was the Patriots leading rusher throwing 51 times. This offensive strategy is not going to work in New England.We all got spoiled by the fall of Tom Brady: For the vast majority of quarterbacks it is still steeply and abrupt.
In the case of Ben Roethlisberger it looks like that he jumped full Thelma and Louise on an cliff. The Ringer's Steven Ruiz cut up a lot of Ben's throws from Sunday's game against Bengals and put them in rough, wild west-style footage, with saloon music playing as background. It was the funniest thing I've ever seen, but also kind of the most depressing because Ben is completely shaved.
The Steelers have not made the decision to invest in the offensive line in this offseason. This has resulted in an ineffective run game, despite Najee Harris being drafted in the first round. Harris was able to get 19 (!) targets during the pass game on Sunday, catching 14 of them. Lindsay Rhodes invited me to her podcast Monday. She shared this gem: Harris had 109 yards after the catch, and receiving yards of 102. Consider that!
And then peek at Ben's Next Gen Stats passing chart and it confirms the scenario. This combination has basically made this offensive horizontal. He's got no protection and doesn't have the strength of cheap Madden 22 coins his arm to push the ball downfield quickly.