Re: Are Patriots Considered A Finesse Team?
posted at 9/27/2012 8:09 PM EDT
Finesse is a quality, not a definition of a team. The questions are more properly:
Does the team like gimmicks?
Does the team like smashmouth?
Does the team indulge in personal fouls, and in working the refs to perfection so that the refs don't call the aggressor team's personal fouls any more than they call fouls for the other team?
There are other ways to win a game, but we're talking "finesse".
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New England likes gimmicks. Sometimes Brady hustles to the line and snaps the ball before the other team is set. You can call that finesse. It helps to be in shape.
New England likes to draft bulked up players, and then New England likes to use its muscle to hit people. Logan Mankins and Nate Solder have to be singled out as guys that like to hit pretty hard, Mankins because he plays mean, and Solder because he has massive acceleration into people. When Gronk and Hernandez are both on the field, New England's offense as a whole can have a field day running the ball and hitting the defense until they all get woozy by the fourth quarter. Tennessee's run defense just looked awful.
On the defensive side we find more bulked up players that probably shouldn't be playing in the pee-wee league. Walrus Wilfork often starts the season at 375 pounds. BB starts three big guys on the line. In a league where linebackers weigh 240 pounds, BB starts Hightower at 270, Spikes at 255 and Mayo at 250. Nobody is as cussed mean as Rodney Harrison these days, but BB keeps looking for that type of defensive player. The truth is that the Patriots defense has damaged a bunch of quarterbacks over the years, but part of that is attacking quarterbacks every play while the opponent is falling way behind. The defense is pretty smashmouth. Even their punter is no shrimp at 230 pounds. So, if smashmouth is the opposite of finesse, then the Patriots aren't a finesse team.
How are they on personal fouls? Usually the Pats give as good as they get, but no, they don't live and die by the personal fouls. Split decision here.
So are they a finesse team? If it's used as some opponent's taunt that the team shies away from personal foul wars, not exactly. If it means that the Patriots shy away from smashmouth (passing the ball gets them wide open first downs all day so what does the opponent expect), no, notably false. If it means the Patriots like all sorts of gimmicks and they like to pick on another team's weak links all day, yes, true.