Re: Did Some Homework
posted at 11/6/2011 9:26 AM EST
In Response to Re: Did Some Homework
[QUOTE]Okay..I'll buy the relationship between the offense being able to hold on, move the ball, and play balanced and what/how our Defense does. It seems fairly logical that if an offense can maximize TOP/sustain drives, resulting in scoring, the Defense will have an easier time either preserving leads, or not having to play from behind too much when the game is close. That leads me to 2 questions... 1. IF the offense can do this week in and week out, can THIS defense win for us in close games? Meaning if we have a 3 point lead, or down by 3 late in the fourth and need the defense to come up big with a stop, can they delliver it the way they are constituted? 2. OR, Can the offense win games for us? Down 3 or up 3 late in the Fourth, can the Offense keep the ball/run time off the clock, or go down in score to win for this team? Which unit do you feel more comfortable with at this point given #1 and #2 above? AND, if you answer NO to #1...why? AND, if you answer NO to #2....why?
Posted by PatsLifer[/QUOTE]
PatsLifer - tough one - I am not that comfortable with either. I have been saying since 07 that this team has been such a front runner, that they have forgotton how to win games when they are close.
I have felt this whole time that Brady has lost his edge of being the player that can win in a dogfight. Yes he did beat the Cowboys, and that was the best game I have seen this team play in the last 5 years. Yes both sides made mistakes, and yet they both made the plays to win at the end, so I feel they are both capable, and then again no consistency.
I go with the D. I am not at all comfortable in the offense in any situation when they are under pressure. Brady even said after the Cowboy come back, that he would still rather be up by 3 TDs. Where is that part of him that loves having come from behind in a close game. Isn't that one of if not the best thing we loved about him when he took over the team; that player who made you feel you could win every or any given game?
All great athletes crave those big games when they come from behind and win at last second the way Brady did. I don't think many great athletes spent their lives fantasizing about sitting on the bench with a 49-0 lead in the early 4th Q of the SB. That statement by Brady said something huge about how much he has changed; one of the great come from behind QBs ever, especially in big games, to a shell of that man as game after game that he falls behind, you rarely feel like he takes over with that winner attitude he once had.
The D seems to play best late, making stops in the Red Zone, so I will go with the D, but I still believe Brady has that MVP player inside him, and by MVP I don't mean passer rating, 55 TDs, only 4 pics and the like, but what I do mean is having the intangibles that rallys your team around him when the games are close, and they begin playing like they are methodically beating up the opposition as if they can't be stopped, and playing like they are up by 14 and gunning for more. This team rarely looks like they have that control in a close game.