Re: Everybody knows it....
posted at 5/16/2013 9:35 PM EDT
In response to digger0862's comment:
In response to portfolio1's comment:
I have been vocal recently saying that I thought the O line was falling short in the biggest games against the biggest opponents. What you may have missed in my statements is that it is clear the O line is very, very good: (1) solid run blocking (in large part due to very good execution and technique taught by Dante S), (2) solid pass blocking (ditto), and (3) great depth - possibly best depth in the league.
What is overlooked by those who treat the O line with the same religious fervor as some treat TB or BB (as the case may be) is that in their excellently well rounded abilities they can fall short against THE BEST in THE BIGGEST games. When we really want to be able to run into the teeth of a D the most beastial run Ds are generally up to the challenge. When we HAVE TO pass the most dominating pass rushes push TB to the limits and reduce time for receivers to get open.
The strength of the O line is not really debatable. THey are really good. But in light of each playoff loss since 2007 (including 2 SBs) the inability to DOMINATE the way a champ does and even more than that, the inability to simply offset the opponent's defensive strength has been ALL TO PLAIN TO SEE.
So yes, it is easy to wax on abount how good the O line is because they ARE. But they have also fallen short... I don't think it is really debatable.
Your standards are too high. Being the best in the NFL isn't good enough because they don't DOMINATE in super bowls. The days of domination in the NFL are over.
I think you miss my point.. or perhaps I simply have made the point over multiple threads and so am not being clear enough. I know with salary caps you cant dominate year in and year out. You might for one or two maybe. What I am saying is that
(1) there is not just one way to make this team a SB champ (and it is a hairs breath away as it is)
(2) one way is to improve the D - and there is more than one way to do that
(3) one way is to improve the O - and there is more than one way to do that...
(4) my belief is that the O and D lines set up the rest of the O and D for success (or failure)...
(5) so if you make either the O or D line dominant it will put this team over the top. Becuase we have TB... and those TEs... and a very good stable of RBs.. and perhaps a very good stable of WRs (we shall see but I am expecting good things or better)... because of all that upgrading the O line would do great things. THe two places to maybe do that are C or RG.
(6) - I think this O line is one of the best in the league...
(7) Just as I think the Pats are one of the very best teams in the league I think they need to get just a little better.... just as I think that I apply the same logic to the O line as one way to accomplish the former.
... does that make sense?