In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Isn't the issue here really that a few posters have been making the claim that if we had run Benny more last year (and forced Brady to pass less) we would have gone 19-0 rather than 15-4? Others (me included) are a bit skeptical that taking the ball out of Brady's hands and giving it to BJGE would have resulted in 19-0. In fact, we think the odds are fairly high that such a strategy could just as easily resulted in 9-7.
I wasn't one of the guys, but I probably know who you are talking about. My thoughts:
1. Interesting you mention 9-7. That happened to be the Giants regular season record last year.
2. The Pats will not hoist a Lombardi trophy without being able to run the ball well. That is especially true now. The list of teams with D's able to make Brady look mediocre is growing. We need to have an offense that can get first downs when Brady is not performing well. Yes, we had a good record last year. However, the Ravens and Giants rendered Brady pretty average. Being just a little more committed (and successful) to the run might have been the difference between winnning and losing the SB. If only the Pats could have gotten a first down when they really needed it near the end of the game.
3. All that said, I'm not willing to say that Benny could have gotten us there. I liked him. He's a decent back. Don't know he would have been that good though.
So playing the devil's advocate...maybe our record would have been worse but we'd be SB champs.