Re: Are Patriots Considered A Finesse Team?
posted at 9/27/2012 11:46 AM EDT
In response to jri37's comment:
what is the tool for measuring toughness?
Run D an Rushing O?
They are 7th against the run ahead of teams like SF, NYG, Pitt, Balt and the ground and pound Jesters.
They are 12th running the ball ahead of teams such as Chi, NYG, NYJ, Pitt.
Just throwing this out there.
Those are good questions. I don't think that we're questioning the physical toughness of any individual player. They're all tough athletes, otherwise, they wouldn't have made the team playing a professional sport.
Offensively, can our running backs get tough yards up the middle by barrelling thru or are we getting running yards on sweep plays? Are we ground and pound?
Passing wise, are our receivers able to fight for the ball? Are they stepping out of bounds quickly or fighting for that extra yard? Are they bringing the hit to the defender after catching a ball when they have a chance or are they sliding? Is the majority of the passing game based on timing patterns?
Defensively, are they merely playing to the scheme and vanilla defenses between the 80s or are they being aggressive and creating opportunity for turnovers between the 40's, are they shutting down the opponent in the defensive red zone?