Re: Great Article on Patriots' Second Half Woes
posted at 9/23/2010 10:33 PM EDT
I love Brady as much as the next guy. He is truly one of the best QB's ever, and we are lucky to have him. I'm just trying to understand the Pats 2nd half meltdowns like the next guy. After all, that is the point of this particular posting.
The article is titled, "Patriots 2nd Half Woes"...So, it's not a fabrication that the Pats struggle in the 2nd half of games. It's well documented and statistically proven. The big question that I'm trying to understand and perhaps even answer is WHY?
I know it doesn't all rest on TB's shoulders. You guys make plenty of good points about young WR's/TE's not adjusting to defenses, Moss underrunning routes, line protection, too many lineman for too few blitzers. The point is, there are problems and they are wide and deep. I think it all starts with the offensive playcalling, ingame adjustments and TB audibles at the line. That to me is the strategy side of it. If any 1 of those 3 things aren't happening properly, that signals the beginning of the meltdown in performance. Then comes the execution. If young players are not adjusting routes, or picking up blitzers or finding soft spots in zones, then it comes down to poor execution. If TB is not recognizing how a defense is lined up, how it will attack, then doesn't adjust and reset the offense...or tries to force balls into very tight coverages and they get intercepted, then that is on him.
Look, plenty of blame to go around. I start with the OC first, then Brady, then the rest of the offense in terms of how they individually execute. To me, that is the chain of blame..from strategy to execution. Something has been amiss for sometime, and I think it preceeds O'Brien, but O'Brien not having a ton of OC experience under his belt doesn't help as well.
And that is just the offensive side of the ball...Bottomline, the offense has to score 2nd half points, they have to do a better job at protecting the ball, they have to convert on 3rd downs in the 2nd half, they can't adandon the run, and they have to keep the young D off the field as much as possible. Our best defense this year is going to be a good offense.