In response to Low-FB-IQ's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
After reading this board very briefly today, it's not surprising that the elephant in the room continues to remain, with all the Washers scrambling like all hell to continue to ignore the truth.
I wish Talib didn't get hurt.
I wish Chandler Jones didn't sprain his ankle.
I wish Nink didn't have a hip ailment which clearly affected his postseason.
I wish our defense was not the youngest in the NFL.
I wish for all of these things, but none of things have anything to do with how Tom Brady leads this offense. The common denominator is Tom Brady and how he prefers to run an offense.
What I really wish is for Tom Brady to show that he's focused and that he cares in the postseason like he used to.
Who kidnapped Tom Brady? Why has he been so inaccurate, reckless and almost lazy when it comes to making plays? Why are we seeing 8 yards per carry from Ridley on 1st down and them then ignoring the run after that?
Why, with a 13-7 lead, a defensive battle do we throw away the run game, just itching to go to a one dimensional and predictable shotgun spread?
How many times could he have run for a first down in that game, but he either hesitated, obsessed with trying to throw or telegraphing passes? Did this offense even show going deep once? Was Hooman or Fells targeted? Why eliminate a large chunk of your playbook?
Why are we asking these questions year after year, whether with a veteran D, an inexperienced D or a very good young D that was hung out to dry yet again?
Unfortunately, this game summarizes my fears with how we run our offense and what it means for the entire team over 4 qtrs against good defenses.
And so it goes. Only Brady, as spoiled beyond belief as he's been with personnel here, can change it.
Making excuses for Gronk being out won't cut it. They went 5-1 without him and the only loss came when our own offense turned it over FOUR times in our zone in one half.
You are ridiculously over the top as always.
About the only thing I would say of Brady in this game and against the Ravens in general is that Brady is always uncharacteristically indecisive and hesitant over the middle with Lewis and Reed there. ...but not like you can't at least somewhat understand why.
They could not run in the first qtr at all. Llyod is Avg outside. Branch is useless. If a defense takes away the middle where Wes and Hernandez like to work and Brady is already hesitant to throw there, you don't have great weapons outside the numbers and can't run effectively at that point in time then what are Brady's options. Poor game plan and personell decisions for the correct match ups early on.
If the Ravens go sub and you don't have some TE's and WR's who can block to take advantage of it then you are not helping out your QB at all.
Thats just my opinion. (and yes the blocking comments are just a more accurate way of saying not tough enough)
Sorry, I don't agree. It's not an excuse to pretend that Gronk's importance, while incredibly valuable, is the lone reason why our offense can't score points in the red zone. It's about execution, some of it is playcalling, but it's mostly about execution.
We had a healthier/better O Line than we've had all year, too, certainly healthier than the Week 3 matchup.
Bottom line is, Balt came in with nothing to lose, looking for revenge and NE didn't match that, for whatever reason. You had a hungrier Baltimore team, which is unacceptable to me. Again, what happened to Tom Brady? Why does it appear like he doesn't care as much or have the urgency needed to win close games like that?
13-7, 14-13, even, 21-13, it just wasn't there.
The late season defensive injuries, most notably Talib in the game itself, also clearly hurt.
We knew we'd be without Gronk, so it's not like it was a surprise. Enough with the insanely old excuses that we've heard for literally 5 years now.
Do you realize how ignorant you are?? You are basically saying the whole team couldnt match Bmores intensity but only mention Brady as being the problem?? He doensnt Run block which was atrocious. You sayin the O-line was better/healthier somehow excues the fact they S*cked? They couldnt open holes on 3nd and 2 from the GUN!! Rusty! Brady only throws the ball , he cannot catch ball too (in my Gisele Voice) and LLoyd and Wes dropped important passes. Mistakes like that get magnified and any momentum shift in games like this are monumental. I though the biggest thing was Brady not calling T/O. I dont believe he could have made a 1st down running past Ngata! Look the replay. Dude is feet away from Brady with 5 yards to go. Brady would be still laying on the grass if he ran. you know Brady is slow right? I mean like the slowest QB in the game type slow.... Special teams were nothing special in terms of returns. Gregory could not cover Pitta! Cole and Arrington did what they usually do. Try hard but wasnt good enough and Talib made on play and checked out and Brady was supposed to overcome all of this???