Re: Brady Freaks Out
posted at 12/12/2011 1:16 PM EST
In Response to Re: Brady Freaks Out
In Response to Re: Brady Freaks Out : TOP is a funny stat Jay. Half of it is the defense getting themselves off the field. And NE's defense is the 28th worst in the league at TOP per drive, which is unsurprising because they are last in 3rd down percentage. Last in 20yd+ plays. And last in yards. That all adds up to time. And getting rest won't help them. Heck, they had half time and back to back offensive drives for ten unanswered points that consumed six minutes and the defense still gave up a TD. They had a six minute scoring drive yesterday, that included a lengthy injury timeout as well, and they gave up a TD after that. What do they need a gurney and three day's recovery time after playing 8 downs of football? The offense is 12th in TOP per drive IIRC. Yeah, the offense could probably milk another 15 seconds per drive or something, which would effectively bring them into the top five, but in reality they would have a better chance of doing that if they weren't under the gun to put points up at such a rate. And I doubt an extra minute or so per game would improve on what you saw from the defense yesterday. We've been through this, though, so I don't think we need to re-hash it my friend. In my opinion, TOP, last year, wasn't a problem (35+minutes), running wasn't a problem (114 yards, 4+ YPC) you can top that by having a lead late and adding a few more runs. I don't disagree that running is important ... I just think it's categorically false to say they did not run in the playoffs, and to say that running doesn't count when it's the RB you don't like, and to say the running game they have now is a major roadblock to success -- or the way they use it. Even now, as I am doing it, it seems silly to me to nitpick the offense about a couple plays that weren't perfect when the defense is still sobbing and looking for its panties in the bushes. NE will run the football in the playoffs, unless they are getting blown out. They have in the past more often than not, and they will again. I'm inclined to think they will run it well again, because they do that too.
Posted by zbellino
This to me is where and I you disagree. I agree that our defense is bad, but I disagree that the offense is not supposed to help.
I pointed to T.O.P. because when you have a big lead and keep throwing, it makes it easier for the other offense,. I am not saying rest will make them play better, I am saying keeping them off the field gives them less chances to screw up.
The fact is our offense is our strenght. On Sunday I saw a team passing the ball for no other reason than to pad stats. You made a comment before that running the ball doesnt allow to score as much as throwing. I dont buy that. Noone is saying take 12 minutes and run 10 plays in a row. I am saying after you use your passing game to get down the field in 5 minutes, how about running in the redzone.
Would you agree that those redzone blunders were due to the small amount of space in the redzone, coupled by players being doubled(gronk) and other guys that have no biz getting the ball(underwood) Danny ran for 15 yards up the gut and it was 1st and goal. 3 chances to get a TD on the ground, and they choose to pass 3 times out the gun and fail and have to kick a FG. You think that is helping the defense?
We all the defense is bad and although I dont expect perfection from the offense , I expect them to make the right calls and play fundamental football.
You leave those points on the field in postseason, you go home. Period!
I am not saying be perfect, I am saying be smart and take what the defense is giving you. Its the same brain farts we had against the Jets. Passing all day against dime and quarter defenses....