Re: Familiarity breeds contempt.
posted at 10/2/2012 12:40 PM EDT
In response to DelGriffith's comment:
Not the total of fumbles, but where on the field and when. Again, this goes back the 3 and out concept from last year.
If your D is just getting to the bench to regroup, can't make adjustments, can't get a breather, etc, why are you expecting MORE from them at that point?
Look at it this way:
How frequently did the Weis era Pats offense turn it over or go 3 and out? Not anywhere near the rate that this offense did in 2011 or in the Arizona or Buffalo games this year. NE's offense was as bad as they could be with the fumbles, the missed FGs, giving up field position on the road, etc.
Amazing turn around in the second hal, but you can't discount things like this and the effect it has on any defense.
NE's SB Ds would have been WAY WORSE if they had to deal with no holding being callled like in this era, a high 3 and out rate by our offense, losses in field position, etc.
Friends asked me back then: HOw do the Pats do it? My answer: Don't turn it over, win the field position battle, play clean and smart. Sounds so easy, but the fact is 90% of NFL teams aren't good at these things. BB would up the odds the other teams would buckle. Now, sometimes, our offense buckles and it comes in huge waves, which kills any chance at sustaining momentum.
[/QUOTE] Oh, so the 1st ranked O is turning the ball over and going 3 and out too much? Weren't they 2nd in 1st downs last year and currently first? That does not compute. 1st downs are the opposite of 3 & outs. Do you expect them not to have any?
The fumbles and missed Fg's were bad but that was only 1 half of 8 and certainly didn't account for the 1100 yards they have given up in the past 2 games.
Just admit it, 3rd down D is still an issue and needs to improve. 368 ypp ain't gonna cut it.
Seattle is only giving up 275 and is 2nd.., in spite of it's 29th offensive ranking