Re: 5 Questions from Kirwan and his camp visit on Sunday.
posted at 8/8/2012 1:46 PM EDT
2. Can New England overcome the loss of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and build a better running game?
The Patriots were the 20th-ranked run team in the NFL last year. Green-Ellis accounted for 11 of the 13 rushing touchdowns by backs. Tom Brady
was quick to point out to me that the Pats need a better four-minute offense, and need to take the run when the defense is playing the pass. New England is determined to improve in all run areas over last year, when the Patriots passed on 54 percent of first downs. At practice it was clear Stevan Ridley
will be the workhorse on early downs and was much better catching the ball than advertised. Look for Ridley to carry the ball 12-14 times a game and be close to a 700-yard rusher. Shane Vereen
and Danny Woodhead
will handle the third-down situations and both looked solid in the draw and screen game, but both still need some work in the physical aspect of the pass-protection game.
Whoa Mr. Woodinpants, just got on.
What the heck are you so excited about?
Brady speaks the truth, they do need to be able to run more when it's called for. Is this some kind of revelation? Gee I hope he doesn't get benched for giving away secrets.
Could your "excitement" be any more far fetched? He is talking about improving the running aspect to make the 4 minute drill more effective. duh!
It obviously wasn't, thus the 54 % passing on first down.
What did you expect then to do when BJGE ran for -2 on the dropped pass possession. Run more?
When it's not effective, you adjust to what is.
In no way does this expunge any thing. It has to be more effective and they have to have the ability to use it more. How much 4 minute O did you see in the SB? 3 possessions? That means 5 possessions weren't. Wasn't one of their scores, scored in 2 1/2 minutes? That's a lot closer to a 2 minute O than a 4. Gee, why didn't they take their time?
You cant't take your time when the D is not giving it to you. Plain & simple.
If they had asked why they weren't using the 4 minute more and what was making it fail, now that would be something?
But, I sincerely doubt TB would answer such a question because he'd have to throw someone under the bus. He's probably say; "we all have to execute better". Duh again!
When has Tom ever said anything other than "there's things we have to improve on" Ever? He11, he even said it after they whooped up on KC 45-3.
You're reading into his statement, doesn't seem to be accurate and just what you want to see. He said nothing more than they had to execute better..
We gotta do what the defense gives us! LOL Brilliant.....
I'll have to write that one down so I don't forget it.