Re: bedard gives mayo
posted at 12/5/2012 5:22 PM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
In response to coolade2's comment:
Great article. I was just defending Lloyd in another thread. Anyone who cannot see what he adds to this offense is not watching close enough.
The guy actually clears out routes. He gets open. Commands attention from safeties. Eases things up for the TEs downfield because he cannot be just ignored or paired off with a mediocre CB and blanketed like Branch was down the stretch. Yah, his overall numbers might be about the same as Branch but he'll do it commanding much more attention and getting better looks for the other guys like Edelman et al.
He will come up big for NE down the stretch.
i hope you are right, but it would seem that if lloyd was having the impact which you claim he is(and I'm not saying he isn't) then why is he now mostly a back up? I don't understand the reluctance to use him for more then a decoy. Guy has great hands, can run routes and as Champ Bailey says is the most athletic receiver in the game today.
Btw what is bedard talking about, I heard Mayo suks.
Read the article. There are only so many reps in this offense. Perimeter WRs aren't "featured" in the playbook, and you don't rewrite your playbook.
Gronk clears routes for Welker and Hernandez, which opens the seams, which clears running space off tackle for the runners. It's like a run and shoot version of the 2TE.
The point of acquiring a player like Lloyd was having someone that could compete against a better corner when people clog up the middle of the field, and draw safety attention over the top.
He does both, which gets room in the open field. How often, this season compared to last, do we see a safety in the box???? It was exactly how people played this offense the last three seasons. Now ... poof, the safety is back off the line. Running game has breathing room, Welker isn't getting decked everytime he catches the ball. Etcetera.
Look at the guy's low YAC. There is always someone backing his corner. Always.
Branch never had that.
And anyone that says Mayo is bad doesn't understand football. Spikes has a few more flashy plays, but Mayo is the guy who makes this defense work. If he weren't there ... it would be worse.