Re: 42 drop backs, 18 rushes...pure idiocy
posted at 10/6/2013 11:16 PM EDT
In response to Harvey-Wallbanger's comment:
In response to patsbandwagonsince76's comment:
The Pats are a threshold team.
IF Brady is given just enough time he will hit the intermediate passes, short passes and be able to dump off to a RB when the rush gets close. The Patriots offense will eat teams up.
If he does not get he time and gets closed in..his accuracy on the intermediate passes goes to pot.
At that point the other team can key on short passes , the run, screen and quick passes to the one step drop wides. Everyone but the CB's in man can spend there life within a few feet of the line of scrimage and even in the backfield. The othe team s pressure multiples and the Pats offense looks overmatched. See vs Ravens in playoffs.
Today was the 'best' I have seen this strategy work on the Pats but not the first time.
All they need to do is break enough plays to force the pressure back..but that is hard unless the o-line, Brady and some big playmakers step up and break some big plays. Did not happen today.
So, sometimes the rush sets up the pass..today that would not have worked. They needed a few big plays to set up everything and I think the Bengals were giving then quite a bit downfield.
See, I don;t know that is really the case. When I saw that playaction on the second play, that tells me they wanted to come out throwing more today, which I think is a mistake.
1. CIncy does have a good D. Leon Hall, Kirkpatrick, Johnson, etc, were out, Nelson with a hammy, so the offense should have taken advantage of that.
2. Amendola was back.
3. I liked how Brady was not in the shotgun, but they were still passing too much, especially in that second half.
There comes a point, where when they are trailing or not scoring a lot, they panic and go into full on predictable mode.
I though the last drive where Brady was handed a gift roughing call with a fresh set of downs and then another odd lob to Dobson, sort of summed up how wrong the approach was today.
18 carries? I would have given Bolden 18 carries for crying out loud. We do that, we win this game.
The key is to get that run game going so Brady can use his lethal play action. I think with Gronk back next week, we hope, this changes the equation but the concern for why they keep doing this is there.
I can tell you right now the games where Brady must have a run game to lean on, regardless of the score in the game or the time in the game. We should have kept running because we didn't run well enough in the first half.
It's not like the D wasn't holding and holding and holding, so the opp was there.
You know, considering the Bengals only scored 13 points pounding the D-line with Bolden and BLount for 3-4 series even if they did not get anywhere with it would better than what they did. It would have at least set up those big plays the pats desparately needed to force Cincy into a less agressive mode...but they still need Brady to be able to hit the broad side of a barn or see/find the open reciever. If he can not do that then the Bengals would continue to crowd the line opening up nothing.
Concerned Bradys dimisnishing ability to go downfield is the real issue. Look at the highlight of the season..the Thompkins catch vs. ATL ..even that was way underthrown.