Re: All the haters of our defense...
posted at 1/17/2012 10:56 AM EST
In Response to Re: All the haters of our defense...
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: All the haters of our defense... : So, the 2nd Bills and Dolphin game didn't matter? Going down 17-0 and 21-0 are not reflective of a 'slow starting defense", but rather a 32nd ranked one. And then there's that pesky give it away loss to the Bills and Giants. Slow start or a 32nd randed D showing how they got ranked #32? The ony stat I talked about is being DFL in the NFL. They were ranked there for a good reason. So were the Saints and Packers, and look what happened to them. Want any more proof that defense wins playoff games and championships? Slow starting defenses lose games. The Saints and Packers started slow, got behind by double digits, tried to play a fast catch up, and went turnover crazy. Have the Pats turned the ball over this year? I seem to recall Brady with multiple INT's. And that wasn't against a Ravens quality defense. Was I pleased with their showing vs he Broke Backs? You betchya! I was pleasantly surprised, as they FINALLY played a full 60 minutes. But I temper this knowing who they played, taking away the Donks one dimension, forcing them into something the world knows they stink at. Still, a good defensive effort will do this. Now, let's see how they do vs the Ravens. Will we see more of the Donks treatment or a revert back to two years ago when they got absolutely clobbered before the 1st qtr was over? Again, I will be pleasantly surprised if they maintain their play vs the Donks, but won't be totally surprised if they play like they did against the Bills and Fins on the 2nd go-round. Being #31 out of 32 is NOT a good thing. It scares the bejeesus out of me. It just amazes me that when this point is brought out, some folks take it personally. The Pats, Saints, and Packers were lucky to have quality QB's and offenses that quite often bailed out poor defensive performances. Now, the Saints and Packers are sitting home. The Pats need to be concerned. So should the fans.
Posted by AZPAT[/QUOTE]
First of all the Patriots defense was ranked 18th not 31st, that is your first problem. Yards is an indicator of nothing, if opposing teams don't score or only get field goals then why does it matter how they got there. In the end people remember who won and maybe the score, not how many yards the QB racked up against us...
For every game that proves your point of the Pats needing to get ahead and stay ahead I can recall games where our defense won it outright for us or were dominant until garbage time like the poster you were responding to first stated. I can also recall in losses (only 3 by the way) where our offense turned the ball over with multiple interceptions in enemy territory, do you hang those points on the defense as well?
What you weren't watching apparently was how in the red zone BB inserted his 3/4 defense and clamped down more often than not holding teams to a field goal.
If this is all too much to digest, one thing to consider, the best defense in the post season currently in points allowed, yards given up, sacks per game, is the Patriots.
If my theory that maybe Belichick didn't play some defensive tackles max snaps during the regular season as to keep them fresh for the playoffs flies in the face of what you and the national media thought about the defense all season, ask yourself why have they only now switched to a true 3/4 on every down for the playoffs, then possibly reconsider what you've thought about our D all year because BB is playing for the post season and he could give a rats a$$ about stats.