Scott Zolak: People Will Talk If You Pop New England On National TV
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Former Patriots QB Scott Zolak joins the Mac Attack to give a New England perspective for tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Patriots and the Panthers. Zolak now serves as the Patriots color analyst on the radio broadcasts and unleashed this outburst (referenced in the interview) at the end of their game against the Saints.
On the Patriots offense: It’s all predicated on having Gronkowski and Amendola healthy. That’s what Brady has had in previous years. One constant that he always had, was Wes Welker. Brady hasn’t had that with Amendola. Pittsburgh was the first game where he and Gronkowski were healthy together for the entire game.
On the Patriots offensive line: If you look at the Cincinnati game, that the Patriots lost, they really beat them up, up front. That big physical line, they got upfield and got after Brady. Everyone knows where’s Brady’s going to be (in the pocket). It’s a matter of them protecting Brady to give him time to get to his second read. If he has the ability to get to his second read, he’s hard to stop once he gets in rhythm. They lost Vollner with a broken leg and they have patched it up with Marcus Cannon and if they have issues they’ll keep Gronkowski in for pass protection, with Amendola healthy.
On what could go wrong for Carolina: Not converting on 3rd down, offensively. I talked to Coach Belichick on the plane, off the bye you self-scout, and I asked him, ‘what’s one thing you pick that you have to get better at? Third down (on both sides).’ The way the Pats beat teams, is they make you pay on third down and Brady takes advantage of your mistake. A quick three-and-out can be a seven or ten point swing in the game. That’s the objective for New England.
Scott Zolak also talks about the perception of the Panthers, Bill Belichick’s sense of humor, the Patriots injured secondary, and his now famous call of the Saints game and a little trash talk on the way out.
If you can pop New England on national TV tonight, people are going to talk about you.