Re: Bill Belichick on Execution versus Playcalling
posted at 1/9/2013 10:12 PM EST
Agree with Coolade and patseng.
Many of us wanted the Pats offense to be more diverse. Prolate, Pezz and Z-Bo said the offense under OB was just fine despite the poor post season production for the past 3 years.
Many of us said we were a 1 dimensional offense which relied too often on Brady's arm and used the running game as not much more then a gimmick. This year we lead the LG in rushing td's and as Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan,and John Madden just absolutely went off about on the radio, we are "balanced", we "can run the heck out of the football", and we are "committed to doing it"!!
I am not making this up and I hope some of you listen to "moving the chains" on sirius! These guys directly portrayed what many of us have been talking about for years. If I could download the audio I would. (Maybe 1 of you could) As they said almost to a tee, defense's will "NOW HAVE TO GUESS" what N.E will do on offense because of their new found commitment to the run. We use SG less then ever, and we run more then we have since Corey Dillion in 2004!
Coach Belichick recognized our offensive short comings in the post season and he went out of his way to address the issue. Z-Bo is not right, and neither is Prolate. Our offense was not ok in the playoffs, or SB. We scored 17 points, had 2 turnovers, and neglected a power run game that netted us 4.4 ypc. Teams knew we would pass to the short intermediate routes and they "ADJUSTED" to it in the playoffs as is illustrated below.
They no longer sent extra rushers, they dropped 7 and rushed 4. Prolate is wrong saying the O-line is responsible for the Brady's pressure/sacks and Z-Bo is wrong for saying play calling plays little part in the outcome of a game. Passing 2-1 against the best pass rush in football is a "POOR GAME PLAN" especially when that defense gave up over 4.5 ypc on the year.
Only on this forum can men be called BB haters when they question the offensive game plan even tho BB has always been a defensive coach...but other men claim to have "objective opinions when they say BB cannot acquire talent and our defense "suks" even tho BB is now and has always been the defensive coach/ GM of this team.
Shotgun numbers down in '12 January, 9, 2013 Jan 9 9:00 AM ET By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
One statistic that was charted over the course of the 16-game season was how often the Patriots had quarterback Tom Brady in the shotgun.
The idea for keeping the statistic was sparked after the season opener against the Titans when Brady was in the 'gun just 13 times. That was the first sign of a shift of sorts from what we've seen in recent years from the Patriots, and the feeling here is that it's tied to a greater focus on balance between the run and pass.
On the season, when including penalties, the Patriots were in the shotgun 47.1 percent of the time (585 of 1,240, including penalties). That is a lower percentage than the norm and reflects, from this view, a commitment to the running game that hasn't been as consistent in the past.
Usage of the shotgun
vs. Dolphins: 31 of 80 (3 runs, 26 passes, 2 pre-snap penalties)
at Jaguars: 36 of 73 (4 runs, 32 passes)
vs. 49ers: 59 of 96 (5 runs, 54 passes)
vs. Texans: 31 of 73 (4 runs, 27 passes)
at Dolphins: 35 of 79 (3 runs, 32 passes)
at Jets: 20 of 68 (2 runs, 16 passes, 2 Jets pre-snap penalties)
vs. Colts: 21 of 61 (0 runs, 21 passes)
vs. Bills: 38 of 72 (6 runs, 32 passes)
at Rams: 36 of 69 (4 runs, 32 passes)
vs. Jets: 42 of 80 (6 runs, 36 passes)
at Seahawks: 60 of 87 (7 runs, 52 passes, 1 false start)
vs. Broncos: 45 of 94 (7 runs, 37 passes, 1 false start)
at Bills: 30 of 77 (6 runs, 24 passes)
at Ravens: 41 of 82 (6 runs, 34 passes, 1 fumbled snap)
vs. Cardinals: 47 of 82 (9 runs, 38 passes)
at Titans: 13 of 67 (0 runs, 13 passes)
History says Texans shouldn't blitz Brady January, 9, 2013 Jan 9 1:34 PM ET By John Parolin, ESPN Stats & Information
As the Patriots prepare for their playoff showdown with the Texans on Sunday, they're likely focusing on the fact that Houston is the most aggressive defense in the league. They sent extra pass rushers on 46.9 percent of dropbacks in the regular season. In their blowout loss to New England in Week 14, Houston sent extra rushers on more than half of Tom Bradyâs dropbacks, and he finished 13-of-19 for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
Overall, Bradyâs success against added pressure is obvious. This season, Brady posted a +20 TD-Int differential (20 TD, 0 Int) against at least five pass rushers, and no other quarterback in the last five years has thrown 20 touchdowns alone against extra rushers.
Brady by seconds-before-pass (2012) Within 3.0More Than 3.0 Comp pct 72%* 41% Yds per att 8.1 6.4 TD-Int 26-4 8-4 Total QBR 87.9 38.4 *17-25, 3 TD in Week 14 vs Texans Part of Bradyâs success is in getting the ball out quickly. No quarterback in the league has a shorter average time before pass than Tom Brady (3.03 seconds, NFL average is 3.46). The quick-release timing routes work well against added pressure, but teams have success dropping those extra defenders into coverage and disrupting Bradyâs internal clock.
There is precedent for a heavy-blitzing 3-4 defense playing aggressively in the regular season against Brady and losing, then meeting again in the postseason and winning. The 2009 Ravens and 2010 Jets both lost regular-season meetings and gained redemption in the playoffs, but they had to adjust their strategy:
* Baltimore sent at least five rushers on 21 of 37 dropbacks (56.8 percent) in a Week 4 loss. Brady finished 14 of 20 for 167 yards and the game-winning touchdown against added pressure, and was sacked only once.
Tom Brady vs. 5+ rushers, facing
'09 Ravens/'10 Jets, reg. season & playoffs
Pct of Tot Dropbacks 48% 17% Dropbacks/Sack 17.0 8.0 TD-Int 4-0 0-0
Total QBR 77.3 13.2 >>0-2 record (2-1 in regular seasons) *
In their playoff rematch, the Ravens sent extra rushers on 10 of 45 dropbacks (22.2 percent), and Bradyâs overall numbers in Baltimoreâs playoff win were 23 of 42, 154 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Brady also was sacked three times and fumbled on New Englandâs opening drive, setting up the Ravens at the NE 17-yard line.
* New York sent at least five rushers in their two regular-season meetings on 30 of 69 dropbacks (43.5 percent), with Brady finishing 18 of 28 for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Though the Jets won their first meeting of the season in Week 2, New England won 45-3 in Week 13 on Monday Night Football, highlighted by Bradyâs 8-of-13, 199-yard, 3-TD performance against added pressure.
* In the playoffs, the Jets sent extra pressure on 6 of 50 dropbacks (12.0 percent), and Brady was sacked five times in New Yorkâs win, finishing 29 of 45 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
If history holds, committing extra pass rushers on Sunday would not be wise for Wade Phillips and the Texansâ defense. Those defenders would be better served dropping into coverage and taking away quick-to-develop routes, like the 2009 Ravens and 2010 Jets did in previous playoff victories. Tags:
New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Tom Brady