In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to pezz4pats's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
It's an offensive era never before seen in this league, with records dropping all over the place. Last night, Calvin Johnson, just passed Rice's regular seasons receiving yard record.
Last year, 3 QBs threw for 5,000 yards. These aren't coincidences, these are patterns that reflect a change in the game.
Translation? Offense is up all over the NFL by design via Goodell. It's that simple. So, anyone putting MORE on any NFL D in this era while making excuses for a fledgling offense at times during games, is quite franky, not very intelligent.
It's a game of attrition now more than ever. You concede points will be scored, so you emphasize other things like not allowing the big play or forcing as many turnovers as possible.
Why any Pats fan is holding this D to some irrational standard, now or in the future of Goodell's NFL, is completely irrational. Never before has the phrase "defense wins championships" meant so little. Offene wins championships.
Hey, I don't like it either, but you have to up your odds by playing into what the system/environment is.
I could see if this D couldn't stop the run, didn't battle, couldn't tackle, didn't make plays, didn;t force turnovers, etc, etc, but that's not the case.
It's very clear what BB has built here on D is working and trending up. The offense, however, needs to prove it can perform close to its capabilities in the postseson, otherwise we're going to be known as the 1990s Buffalo Bills.
As far as I know, even with the changes, most D's can force a 3 & out, get a turn over and get off the field in less than 4:45 since the average time for the D to get off the field is 2:38 and 12 possession games. Case closed, unless you think the NFL standard doesn't apply to ONLY the Pats D.
False. "Most" Ds cannot. There are VERY few dominant Ds in this league as compared to other eras. Pitt, Balt, the Jets, etc, all recent supposed "great Ds" aren't even that good. SF is probably the lone great D right now. Houston, maybe Chicago. That's about it. So, it's not "most" at all.
This D has had goal line stands, 3 and outs, turnovers, stops, holds, etc. Plenty. Last year off the lockout with some injury and continuity problems on the back end, they had problems most of the year, but got it together late in the year.
You can't have a D that AVERAGES 2 turnovers per game (fantastic) and then start stomping your foot like a child having a tantrum demanding MORE 3 and outs than they already get.
Leave it to you to pretend that a 3 and out is more valuable than the fear of a QB possibly throwing a TD or a ball carrier paranoid about fumbling.
Someone yesterday embarrassed the bejesus out of you yesterday, too, where they mentioned the difference in D rankings is such a small amount, you and your buddies scurried away from that fact.
If this D wasn't good agaisnt the run, not versatlie, didn't have balls, didn't create turnovers, was finesse, etc, I'd agree, but you're wrong. If BB wants a bend/don't break style played, you will see less 3 and outs.
It's that simple. If the offense they face is good, you'll see more bend/don't break.
Ya DH, the difference in TOP from best to last is less than 4 minutes. Imagine playing with a 16 minute difference because your D is holding the ball for almost 5 minutes a possession, which is nearly double the league average. BWAAHHHAAAA.
Think for once and take off those rosey D glasses.
Did you just say most D's can't produce even one 3 & out in a game or get even one turn over or get off the field in less than 3 minutes? You are truly a dope as all NFL teams can produce a 3& out, get a pick and get off the field in less than 3 minutes.
All of them! Just not the Pats in the most important game of the year. Even with their 31st ranking, they did it regularily. WOW! Talk about digging a hole you can't get out of.
Please stop with the bend but don't break crap as 80 completions over 20 yards says otherwise. It says they break all the time.