Re: 5 Questions from Kirwan and his camp visit on Sunday.
posted at 8/10/2012 2:31 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 5 Questions from Kirwan and his camp visit on Sunday.
[QUOTE] " 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" he doesn't say we need a better runningback, he doesn't say we need to improve the running when the defense is playing the pass. He says we need to "take" the run when the defense is playing the pass. But that won't stop you now will it?
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“As I said earlier, part of the passing game is seeing what they’re taking away, then doing something different. That’s the running game too. If they want to play pass and double coverage and who we’re bracketing, then you have to run it. I think we have some guys that we can really make some big plays with – between Woody and Rid and Shane, to see what they’re able to do. They’re out here working hard. That’s part of what the offense needs to be. It can’t be 2 yards, 3 yards. You have to make them pay. Some of the best offenses that we’ve ever had here, the running game was a huge part of what we did, especially situationally. You’re not always going to be able to pass it. When it’s third-and-1, you have to be able to run it. When you’re on the goal-line, you have to run it. When you’re backed up, you have to run it. Four-minute offense at the end of the game with the lead, you have to run it – they know you’re running it and you still have to make yards. That’s part of being a great running team, too.”
Here's what he actually said. He was talking about execution at least as much as he was talking about taking the run when the run was available. Most important, he was talking about executing effectively in the running game even when the run was completely predictable.
You and Wozzy forget that, just for an example, the BJGE run right before the infamous Welker drop in the Super Bowl was an I-formation play with a fullback. It wasn't the only time they tried to run BJGE in the I formation. Those "smashmouth" plays unfortunately got yardage like -1, 2, etc. Smashmouth is wonderful if--as Brady is saying--it gets more than 2 or 3 yards. Getting those extra yards isn't about the play call--it's about the execution on the call. Too bad, BJGE's I-formation run produced a negative gain. If it hadn't maybe Brady wouldn't have been throwing to Welker on second down.