Re: Can we have a civil debate to end all this bickering in ever thread here!
posted at 8/15/2012 7:38 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Can we have a civil debate to end all this bickering in ever thread here!
[QUOTE]I, too, prefer civil discussions as a matter of course. Regrettably, they are all too rare in this forum. I read (twice) your post and can't really find much with which to disagree. I, too, think BB is one of the great coaches in the game and can't think of anyone who I would rather have coaching the Pats.
That said, the offensive game plan did seem to lack, oh I don't know, pizazz, I guess? On D, the Pats had their chances for some turnovers but the ball didn't seem to bounce their way. The Nink off-side late in the game was a killer. Overall, the defensive game plan, for a BB-coached team, didn't seem to have anything new. There is a school of thought, and I'm inclined to lean in this direction, that the Pats didn't so much lose the game, the Giants won it. Manning made a great (not good, great) sideline throw to Manningham who made a textbook in bounds catch. On the other hand, Brady's throw to Welker wasn't perfect and Welker didn't make a catch that he was capable of making. Does it all boil down to one or two plays? In a game that tight, yes it does. My thoughts.
Posted by ATJ[/QUOTE]
The coaching staff made their share of mistakes for the SB. One would think that BB and the rest of the coaching staff better prepare the team against the Giants - and learning a little bit from their prior 4-5 meetings.
As an example, why would one run a pass play on their first possession of the game with 1st and 10 on the NE6? To me, they should have run the ball. Yeah, yeah. Hindsight is 20-20. Doesn't matter. It ended up costing the team 2 points.
The time of possession ended up being: 37:05 vs. 22:55 in favor of the Giants. I would blame offense, defense, and coaching for that. Offense for really not moving the ball that much, defense for not being able to get off the field, and the coaching for seemingly calling a poor game offensively and defensively.
The offense scored 0 pts. in the first quarter. Who's fault is that? To keep it simple, the Offense. This was a season long trend where the Patriots came out of the gates very slowly. The offense, only put up 17 points. Pretty pathetic, well below average. Yes, Gronk was out. BB's fault for not carrying 3 TEs, like the year before.
The Patriots did not have any takeways. Defense's fault. On the other hand, they limited the Giant offense to 21 pts. Bottom line, they couldn't come up big when the Patriots needed it most. How many games did the defense win for the Patriots? Not many.
Coughlin coached the Giants team to do what they do best. Keep the score low, reduce the number of possessions to limit the scoring opportunities for the opponent.
BB and the coaching staff were outcoached because the Patriots weren't able to play to their strength; which is the passing game. Since it didn't work out too well for several of the other games against the Giants, BB and the coaching staff didn't learn from their prior mistakes.
Don't get me wrong, the Patriots used to do the same thing against the old Colts. I still wouldn't have any other coach. That being said, it was definitely a team loss; involving offense, defense, and coaching.