In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Well, Denver has been holding teams running backs to 1 ypc every game of the season. We knew we would never be able to run on this chicago bears type defense!. Total domination, and our run game is terrible....9th in the league what is that crap? We know we can't run, we've seen it the last 3 weeks of the year. We also know that the power run game never works, we have tried and tried and tried. I will show below.
We also know that Brady has proven he doesn't need a balanced offense when playing the best defenses in the league. He has to air it out, it is the only we have hit our 15.5 ppg average in the last 6 playoff losses. If we used more balance we would have scored like negative 3 points because running more with an aggressive o line leads to less scoring, like we showed the last 3 games of the year.
I mean I used to think balance was important, but this is just outdated b.s cooked up by a bunch of old time great super bowl winning coaches just trying to keep the secret that passing 2 or 3 to 1 ratio against the run is really what does it, especially against great pass rushing defenses like the gints, ravens, jets and this years broncos!
Lets take a look at our last 6 playoff losses and we'll all see this as" FACT, TRUTH, DUMMIES, AND LEARN THE GAME."
We have passed 268 times in our last 6 playoff games. I dont think that includes the 17 sacks for minus 158 yards. We have done great too with 9 passing tds to only 7 interceptions, and only 3 qb fumbles so 9 tds to 10 turnovers...not bad?
We were smart in these games to get rid of power running in favor of this pass heavy offense as we see, we had 66 power runs(meaning ridley, blount, bjge, maroney) and 47 scat back runs out of spread formations.
So we had 268 plus 17 sacks is 285 passes to 113 runs of which 66 were power runs...like we did with Blount and Ridley the 3 weeks before this broncos debacle.so, yes 285 passes to 66 power running plays.
This lead to 15.5 ppg scored in these 6 playoff losses, but we know that the points scored was our defenses fault, so our gameplans of heavy spread offense with finesse runs and a few token power runs was responsible for a mammoth 9 passing tds to 10 qb turnovers, with only 17 sacks for minus158 yards in 6 straight playoff losses!
I just wish we would have gotten rid of those 66 power runs in our last 6 playoff losses and gone straight up pass every play, 285 passes should have been 351 as it works so well! Then keep our 47 finesse scat runs as they always worked great!
WOW! That was probably a lot of research.
Too bad it's irrelevant.
Each game is it's own entity. The pass/run balance in week 17 has no bearing on what happened last week or any other week, for that matter.
The only thing that matters is how many points the O scores and how many Points the D gives up, in the allotted amount of time.
Since each game is different, there are a few things one (coaches) have to consider in game planning, to try and gain an edge. That Almost always depends on the strength and weakness of the opposition. Avoid the strengths and exploit the weakness.
Depending on success or FAILURE of the plan, there are often adjustments made throughout the games. Right?
There are really only a limited amount of adjustments you can make on offense.
Run more, pass more, go hurry up, go shotgun, more play action, dink and dunk, ect..
Utilizing those doesn't always mean success but is a counter to an undesirable situation.
What are undesirable situations?
Your Qb getting sacked/hurried a lot might be one that warrants an adjustment either changing protection or going shotgun often helps. Counter to a bad situation, right?
Different situations require different counters, like being behind in the 4th normally requires more passing. The Pats came back from being behind at least 5 times this year. Good job!
They also didn't come back a few times, yesterday being one. Sometimes, that's a matter of execution ( a dropped pass or an overthrow or a stuffed run) but the most common theme I am seeing in these losses is the one a lot of you dismiss, which I don't understand how you could because it's an immense part of the game, (especially since it's extremely common in their losses) It's also been a matter of game plan for 100 years.
That reality is that the D not getting off the field IS killing this team. It not only helps the opposition but stifles their own offense. This is really not that hard to see, if you look.
It's probably in most games every week, sometimes more grave than others. It always seems to be grave for the Pats.
The number of plays that an offense runs per drive (as the D allows) affects the number of plays that the opposing offense runs per game. (understand that?) As a result, an increase in the number of plays that an offense runs per drive will lead opposing offenses to score fewer points per game because they will run fewer plays each game. Strictly related to a timed game.
There is no mathematical way to avoid this. If the D is using too much time, the O must use less or if the opposing O is using a lot of time your own O is forced to use less.
Having less time on O, always relates to fewer plays, because it HAS TO.
There is no choice. Bad D's lose games with more than just points given because they are taking away, too.
If that is the case, you are always more likely going to pass because you have less plays and less time to try and score. Running two, 4 yard run plays does not make sense because of the diminished plays and lack of time. You have to try and advance quickly.
So TC, after all that work, the morale of the story is, If you want balance and you want to increase your runs, you have to have the time and a good amount of plays to do it.
The D gives you that time or in the Pats case, takes it away.
In other words, THE D HAS TO STOP GIVING UP SO MANY 1ST DOWNS AND SCORES AND GET OFF THE F'N FIELD!!!
Or maybe you missed during the broadcast yesterday, them mentioning a few times that the D has to find a way to get off the field. It's not mindless chatter, it's the truth.