Re: Bill Belichick on Execution versus Playcalling
posted at 1/8/2013 10:08 AM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
It's kind of both equally in the end. As a coach all they can do is call plays and they need to put their players in the right position in order to execute a play. As with that game plans need to evolve and play calling needs to adapt. Such as, if you are in zone and the opposing QB is eating you up than maybe the play calling needs to change to adjust for either lack of execution or better game planning on the other side.
But, if a proper play call is made at that point it's out of the coaches hands and comes down to execution on the field.
If you have a weak running game (because of talent) play calling runs up the middle right into Wilfork won't work even if executed perfectly (remember there are two sides of the ball and the other team can execute too)
Or if you run a screen and catch a team blitzing then the QB, receiver, and blockers need to execute but the play call was perfect
But don't confuse game plan with play calling. Play calling adapts through the game and it's up to the players to execute those calls. Game plans tend to be tossed out after the first couple series depending on execution on the field and the other teams game plan. If a team fails in either play calling or execution they just become the Jets
I think what BB is really saying here is, that by the time teams get to the playoffs, everyone knows what they do, where they excel, and where they are weak, so game planning isn't nearly as critical as execution. Play calling, meanwhile, is going to be situational through much of the game, so while it's important to call good plays for the situation (taking into account what you know about the other team), it really is going to boil down mostly to execution.
This to me seems exactly on point. The team that executes best is likely to go on . . . game planning and play calling, while not irrelevant, aren't the keys to winning in the playoffs.
This seems to be the opposite of what certain posters on this site seem to believe. They blame the past two Super Bowl losses on the game plan, the play calling, or the overall offensive philosophy. They ignore things like the O line not being able to consistently block the Giants' D line on either passing or running plays.