In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
I wonder if some people even watch the games. I mean, really, in 2010, the Packers ran 43.5% of the time through the playoffs and won the Super Bowl while passing 43 times and running just 13 times. In 2009, the Saints, "breesed" through the playoffs running just 41.9% of the time and won the Super Bowl passing 40 times and running just 18 (and the 18 includes Brees's kneel down). Yeah, the Steelers and Ravens were more balanced, but they also are good defensive teams. You can win with "ground and pound" balance when you have a good defense. When you have a bad defense, you have to pass a lot and try to score. Bill Belichick knows this, which is why he does what he does. It has nothing at all to do with Brady calling the wrong plays or bad offensive coordinators. It's basic football. And Belichick does it exactly the way it should be done. The team lost because the defense isn't good enough to hold leads and the offense has been too one-dimensional. But the problem is not, never has been, and never will be Bill Belichick's (or his OCs or QBs) play calling.
I would say a coordinators job entails a lot more than play calling, they have a huge say in personnel matters on their side of the ball as well, if the offense became a lopsided imbalanced unit (which it did 2009-1011) it probably had a lot to do with Bill O'Brien not being able to express what he thought he needed on his side of the ball and/or not knowing what was missing.
I was also pretty explicit when I mentioned that 2009 Super Bowl was an anomaly in comparison to the overall history of the big game and only made possible by Goodell's new mandate that the zebras control the outcomes of the games with penalty flags.
Ground and pound can be run with any defense, it will make the defense better and is particularly good with an opportunistic defense that gathers turnovers. The idea that you don't run the ball because you think your defense is no good is a fabrication in your mind as silly as Rusty's notion that "Brady is a problem."
Ground and pound is generally a low scoring approach so it requires a good defense. I think in 2011 O'Brien and Belichick realized their defense was a problem and so sat down and designed an offense that could score like crazy. It wasn't the perfect offense by any means (and yes it was very imbalanced and predictable), but it worked very well with the players they had. If they could have acquired a lot of different players, maybe they would have done something different. But as Donald Rumsfeld said, you go to battle with the army you have, not the one you want . . .