Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 12/24/2012 11:24 PM EST
In response to speedster81's comment:
Hey bred with all due respect I too will disagree with you. The O Line has performed admirably for most of the year. Lately however they have struggled a bit especially since the Houston game. It's no coincidence that those teams play a lot of man and if the receivers do not win early then Brady has to hold the ball longer to wait for someone to come open. Without Gronk and to a lesser extent Edelman, they have been doubling Welker and Hernandez on a huge amount of snaps daring Lloyd, whichever other TE is on the field and Branch to beat the one on one match up. Lloyd more than held his own against Houston and San Fran but against the Jags he and Brady were off. The line will got better as the receivers get better executing againsma press man coverage. Gronks return also bodes well for the pass protection as Defenses can realistically only double 2 guys thus leaving 2 of either Gronk, Hernandez, welker or Lloyd with a one on one. I Like the odds of one of those guys winning their matchup and giving Brady a quick outlet.
Not to be overlooked is also the running backs problems in picking up the blitz. Vereen and woodhead struggled a bit against the Jags for instance.
differetn thoughts are what this is about. must say we have 180 degrees different opinion here.
we have not had a good enoug o line to win a super bowl as i see it. even with solder and cannon.
agaisnt top de's brady cannot do eh damage he may otherwise do. brady has been a pinata.
this year, even against jax, one of the worst in the league, brady was battered continually.
anyone of those hits could end his career. better o lines you can see when you watch a game and the qb is getting several seconds and has a clean pocket all game.
the fact that gronk needs to help our line block should be enohter indication.
along with the 0-2 seconds brady ha to throw.
re our pas game, when defenses can focus only on the pass because josh interest in the run game is perfuntory.
better scheming, selection, and use of the run would free up our receviers more.