Re: Brady's Postseasons By Comparison (Weis vs McD and OB)
posted at 11/5/2012 4:13 PM EST
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to pcmIV's comment:
The fellating of Charlie Weiss really needs to stop. The best offense that Weiss fielded was in 2004 when we had one of the top rushing attacks in the NFL. In 2003 we had one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL ranking near the bottom in yards and ypc. Our lead back had 642 rushing yards. In the playoffs that year we passed 41, 37 and 48 times in our 3 victories. In both years we won the SB yet we ran the ball a lot in only one. There are probably many explanations for this, but I think this quote from BB earlier this year illuminates at least one of them.
Belichick was asked if the days of the bellcow running back are officially over, and his response was pretty sharp. "I'm for whatever helps us win" he said. "If it's 500 quarterback sneaks, if that's the best thing for us, then I'm all for it. If that's the best thing we can do to win, then sign me up for it." Informed that since Corey Dillon in 2004, the Patriots haven't had a bellcow, Belichick deadpanned, "Corey Dillon was good enough to do it. If Corey Dillon of 2004 was on this roster, I'm sure he'd get it 300 times too. I haven't seen Corey out there lately."
If you want more proof look at the offense O'Brien is running at Penn State. On the season McGloin has passed on a little over 53% of their offensive plays (and that's not counting all of the QB rushes which isn't entirely correct since he has 5 rushing TD's on the season and some are designed runs). Apparently he doesn't have any problem calling run plays there.
Exactly. As I pointed out to Rusty, if you plug in that 2004 post-season into any group of years the numbers will be tilted favorably. Lumping that in with 2001-2003 makes the other two look very good indeed. In reality those two are about as good as the later post-season years he derides.
Just a stat manipulation. If he wants to say 2004 with a stud like Dillon for a runner allowed Brady's best post-season, I sure wouldn't argue with that. I haven't seen that kind of runner for a long time. It's been Brady and a couple of receivers carrying the team.
I really think it's time to run another Benny week 9 thread. I really do. I'll be sure to chime in.