Gasper: , blame Brady all you want. But the formula for winning championships now is not the one the Patriots used earlier in the millennium.

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    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/gasper/

     
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    In response to bredbru's comment:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/gasper/




    it will be fun seeing this drive rusty up a tree

     
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    above rerference:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/gasper/

     

    and

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/01/24/patriots-must-change-ways-and-personnel-this-offseason/gyuNLYJaiGSPrOpJEV1B7J/story.html

    for below full article

     

    It was Belichick who said stats are for losers. His Patriots are proving his point.

    The team has become too reliant on Brady, too content to pile up points, yards, first downs, and charred secondaries in the regular season only to be stopped cold on the big stage.

    The most disconcerting part of the loss to the Ravens was that their commitment to be a more physical, more balanced team that spent more time under center waned.

    After having the seventh-rated rushing attack in the NFL during the season, a 1,263-yard rusher in Stevan Ridley, and leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns, the Patriots forsook the run game in the AFC title game, throwing the ball 54 times and rushing it 28.

    Their longest rush was just 9 yards.

    Of the 11 third- or fourth-and-short situations they had (3 yards or less), the Patriots lined up in the shotgun nine times.

    In the first 10 playoff games of Brady’s career — all wins — he threw the ball 40 or more times three times.

    In the last 14 games — in which he has gone 7-7 — Brady has thrown the ball 40 or more times seven times. The Patriots are 2-5 in those games. The wins were this year against the Houston Texans and in 2006 over the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round.

    The personnel can change, but if the personality and philosophy don’t, the Patriot Way will continue to be a championship dead end.

     
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    The pass attempts got up there because they got behind.  Then after a while way behind.  You're not going to be running much.

     
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    The pass attempts got up there because they got behind.  Then after a while way behind.  You're not going to be running much.

     
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    The pass attempts got up there because they got behind.  Then after a while way behind.  You're not going to be running much.



    josh botched this game but bad. from gameplan on.

     
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    Running a lot is a nice idea, but you need a defense that can complement a running approach by keeping the other team low scoring.  You also need great blocking and good RBs.  

    Passing a lot works if you have great protection, a good QB, and a diverse set of receivers who can challenge defenses all over the field. 

    Unfortunately, when you remove Gronk from the equation, our run blocking gets weaker and our pass receivers less diverse.  Remove Talib from the equation and the defense suddenly can't keep the game close, forcing the offense to have to pass more. 

    The formula for winning championships isn't changing the play callers, it's changing the players . . .

     
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    Repeat

     
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    The Rusty's just don't get it.  It's the Defense sucking that hasn't allowed us to win a Super Bowl since 2004.  Thank you Mr Belichick.

     
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    The Rusty's just don't get it.  It's the Defense sucking that hasn't allowed us to win a Super Bowl since 2004.  Thank you Mr Belichick.

     
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    There's also this from Greg Bedard, viewed as anti-Pats by some on this forum ...

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/01/27/tom-brady-isn-one-blame-for-patriots-loss/4EFlWCBszZCaUWOKVXke5M/story.html

     
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    This is the thing.

    When the Pats won championships people will talk about how Brady led them to three rings. When they lose, it's just, well Brady doesn't have the tools to win.

     

    Brady wasn't the reason why the Patriots won in the early 2000's, and he's not the reason why they haven't won as of late. He's part of the reason in both cases.

     

    When was the last time a team won the Super Bowl without a clutch play from its defense?

    2011: Blackburn's 4th quarter INT

    2010: Clay Matthews Forced Fumble

    2009: Tracy Porter INT

    2008: James Harrison INT

    2007: G-Men pressure.

     

    Patriots win that 2007 game if Asante catches that INT. Playoff losses aren't solely Brady's fault, just like the wins weren't soley because of him.

     
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    This isn't rocket science. Children can grasp the concept. When the team can't run, catch, get open or play defense Brady isn't going to save them.

     

    A MEDIOCRE team with a HOF QB can be in the mix almost every time, but is not a threat to be any kind of dynasty.

    Hee and haw, wring your hands, cry like a baby that Brady has lost the magic touch, but realize IT ISN"T LIKELY TO HAPPEN with the supporting players being so run of the mill.

     
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    I think Ridley is pretty good.  I think the blocking is still a bit inconsistent, though. 

     
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    I think Ridley is pretty good.  I think the blocking is still a bit inconsistent, though. 

     
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    I think Ridley is pretty good.  I think the blocking is still a bit inconsistent, though. 

     
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