Re: Analyzing the interception.
posted at 12/16/2011 3:27 PM EST
In Response to Re: Analyzing the interception.
[QUOTE]Good Post Prolate, yeah I think that is where we disagree, and I concede that BB must agree with you. He very much obviously thinks this offense gives them the best chance to win, and given Brady's track record in the regular season I don't completely disagree. i just think that very same offense which helps us get to the playoffs is ultimately what destroys us in said playoffs. You think we use it by necessity and you may be right, I would just like to see us at the very least TRY to utilize our rb core, Ridley,Vareen are obviously athletic players with their own skill sets, If Benny struggles then role with a young guy. how about give Ridley 16 carries and see if he does have the ability to break a 40-50 yarder that benny does not possess. You have to admit that we run the exact same offense with almost no variety to the play calling? It is crazy to me. if our offense is too difficult to understand for the young guys then it leaves us with little to no depth as you say, so wouldn't it be advantageous to us to dumb it down a bit. This way we can work in Chad as a 3rd rec(who has looked pretty good to me) and the young backs. Perhaps if Kid n Play had more experience he would have fought off that INT? Or perhaps if that was Chad O in there it would have been a td? So in the end I think we have the personnel we just are not committed to using them, which is another part of the reason our offense struggles in the post season. I think despite the long passionate posts by all of us, we all actually agree more then it sounds. I love watching Brady put up the best numbers in the league, I just worry that is our only offense when I personally don't think it needs to be.
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I really wonder about the way BB ends up sitting offensive players on the bench for long periods of their rookie years. I'm not in practice, so I'm not sure how good they really look . . . but I can't help wondering about sitting Price all season last year and now sitting Vereen and Ridley all year this year. Are they really that bad and unready? Or is Bill looking for too much perfection before getting them in? Or is it that the schemes are really so complex that only Rhodes scholars can play for this team? I guess I worry about what it does to a young guy's confidence and development. If these guys are that bad, the drafting is bad. If they're not that bad, then there's a problem with the way we develop them. I also wonder about guys like Butler and McCourty . . . these are guys who showed potential as rookies, then seemed to fall apart in their second years. What's happening? Is there something going on that's killing people's confidence? I don't know, but it seems a bit weird to me. If nothing else, Ridley has shown as much as some of other backs. Why isn't he getting more touches?
As far as our problems in the playoffs . . . I just think we end up facing more complete teams come January . . . and teams that are maybe better prepared, since coaches really go all out in game planning for playoffs I think. Right now, the Pats offense can be stopped by a team that has good corners and pass rushers and that can keep its most of its LBs and DBs close to the LOS. That kind of defense messes with our short passing game and also works pretty well against the run. We also are going to struggle against good passing teams that can rack up points. I fear to see this defense against the Saints or the Packers if we get that far. BB is a great coach who might come up with a scheme that works, but right now the only way we beat the Packers or the Saints is by scoring 45 points . . . and we're not doing that running, so our offense is almost certain to be one-dimensional if we play teams like that.
Ultimately, we need talent . . . mostly on offense we need a few wideouts like the Packers have in Nelson and Jennings. We could also use a more explosive running back. On defense, we need a radical overhaul. Our DBs are awful . . . I think Rodney Harrison said they are the worst squad he's ever seen in the NFL. And our front seven is pretty thin right now, with Wilfork and Mayo the only guys who stand out (you can throw Carter in there too, I guess, but he's close to retiring). To me, our playoff problems ultimately come down to this: the talent isn't there. BB gets us to the playoffs with great coaching. But he ain't winning because he doesn't have the horses anymore.