Re: Analyzing the interception.
posted at 12/16/2011 12:33 PM EST
In Response to Re: Analyzing the interception.
[QUOTE]If running the ball more will make the Pats better than 10-3 and better in the playoffs, please explain why BB hasn't had them run more? Is BB just an idiot? Ultimately, all these threads demanding better balance in play calling amount to a big question about Bill Belichick's competence as a coach.
Are people arguing that BB just isn't a very good coach? My take on this is that BB hasn't done a great job acquiring and developing talent. Part of the problem may be that BB has been trying too hard to find people who fit his schemes rather than adjusting his schemes to the talent available.
Maybe he should have switched to a 4-3 type defense sooner when the difficulty of getting a decent OLB to fit his style of 3-4 was becoming obvious. Maybe in general the defense needs to become more aggressive and less read-and-react given the quality of the passing games of the best teams in the NFL and the need to apply more pressure on QBs and defend better man-to-man in the secondary. Maybe the offense does need to stress the run more or rely more on receivers who can get deep rather than relying so much on a short passing game that utilizes TEs, slots, and third-down backs. All of this, I could agree to . . . . . . But--given the talent this team has now, I'm not sure it can do any better than it is doing. We have an offense that in the so-called skill positions has just four players who are truly top talent: Brady, Welker, Gronk, and (maybe) Hernandez. The rest of the skill players are at best average (Branch, BJGE, Woodhead)--and many of them are well below average. The O-line is decent, but has its issues at Center and even Guard (where we've had to bring in an old veteran) and Tackle (where we're in transition). The defense is a mess--on the line, a collection of old guys and 3-4 spare parts playing a 4-3 style defense; at LB, one good guy and bunch of practice squad types; in the secondary, no one worth mentioning now that Chung is hurt and McCourty struggling. That BB has brought this ragtag collection of spare parts (led by a great QB, TE, and slot receiver on offense, and a great Nose Tackle on defense) to 10-3 is an amazing coaching performance in my mind. This is a team that should be 3-10, not 10-3. As far as coaching goes, I can't criticize BB. But the talent and broader offensive and defensive philosophies? That's something BB needs to work on. Of course, I'm sure he knows that and already has a plan in place to address it. This guy is way too smart about football not to know the problems better than all of us . . .
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
So Prolate to be clear, you chastise me for questioning BB/OB play calling suggesting that I am questioning his competence as a coach, then immediately go on to question BB's competence as a coach by saying he doesn't do enough to adjust his scheme to his talent?
I think as fans of this team we can question anything we want. BB is one of the best coaches ever, but his passion has always been for the defensive side of the ball. You can't argue with that. I think as an organization we are enamored with Brady's ability to pick a defense apart, and in the long run it hurts us by making us one dimensional. Probably the reason BB was coaching the defense in SB 42 while Mcdaniels and company were literally throwing the game away.
Now we force our pass heavy offense down any defense's throats, it usually works because Brady is so good at what he does, but ultimately against good defense's who focus on limiting Brady's receiving options we can be contained.
I was bored last night and started to watch the Pats Eagles game a few weeks ago, we were down 10 -0 and went on a smash mouth run 1st drive. The one play I really like seeing was 4 rec set with benny as rb. Brady pump faked a screen pass to WW and handed it to benny for a draw that gained 7 yards. I couldn't remember seeing a play like that before and haven't seen much of it since.
We run out of stale formations and throw out of almost exactly the same formations all game. It is a bit ignorant on our parts imo.
I am not screaming for us to be a run first offense, I still want Brady to throw more then run, but what would be the harm in smashing 30 carries and 20 passes down a teams throats when they are committing 7 defenders to the secondary? To me that is called adjusting to what the other team is doing, something we don't really care to do very often.