Re: Interesting Stat from Mike Reiss
posted at 12/27/2011 4:22 PM EST
In Response to Re: Interesting Stat from Mike Reiss
To nobody in particular, Nobody here can seem to explain the multiple personality disorder of our defense, all many can say is that it "stinks" and that the offense has saved it so often. Yet when the offense is converting first downs, not touchdowns mind you, but first downs the defense has been very solid. Too many here dismiss or don't even acknowledge how all three phases work together , instead they look to blame one side or the other for sloppy play. The defense took some rebuilding after our last Super Bowl appearance, we've asked our offense to shoulder the burden of keeping us afloat while these young guys on defense learn how to win. A first half that reads; punt, punt, punt, punt etc... isn't exactly doing it's job. The offense should be converting first downs, we don't have to score on every play. I'm not asking for an inordinate amount of running plays to be called, I'm simply hoping that the offense will be less predictable and we will move the football and eat up some clock, maybe even put ourselves in good field position. You can blame injuries on the offensive line for that first half, but then what happened in the 2nd half? This offense with Tom Brady running the no huddle would score points regardless of who has the title of offensive coordinator, under those circumstances Tom is calling his own plays. But if your own two eyes can't see the lack of inventiveness with our play calling from the sideline then prepare to be bounced from the playoffs yet again and prepare your "the defense stinks" argument. We used to grind it out on offense the way the 49ers do, we used to protect our offense from itself, we used to run whether we got 5 yards or not, I can't remember Charlie Weis ever sending in a pass play on 3rd and one, probably because if he did we converted it. In my opinion we are too greedy, looking way down field when instead we should be concentrating on getting ten yards for a first down. Move the ball methodically down the field, keep our young defense off the field, the defense played almost the entire first half on the field while our O watched from the sideline. That is a failure.
Posted by wozzy
Wozzy . . . I agree that all three phases work together and what your offense does affects your defense and vice versa. Right now, we've got an offense that can score lots of points and control the ball with its passing game. It hasn't proven it can do the same with its running game. Maybe it could, but it doesn't run enough for us to really know. Now a whole bunch of fans (you, Rusty, TrueChamp) are trying to tell us running more would work, but apparently Bill O'Brien is too stupid to try it and Bill Belichick is too stupid to fire him! If you're Rusty, you're also trying to tell us that Brady is running the whole show and insisting on passing all the time to pad his stats or something. I guess I'm skeptical about all that. I don't think BB and BO'B are idiots or that Brady is a spoiled, petulant little brat. I think BB and BO'B have concluded that they have a much better chance of sustaining drives and scoring if they pass a lot and so that's what they tell Brady to do. This seems far more plausible to me than an epidemic of idiocy among the coaching staff.
If you look at this offense realistically, what you see is a dearth of weapons. Yeah, there are few guys with real talent: Brady, Welker, Gronk, and Hernandez. That's four. Beyond that they're nothing special. BJGE is merely serviceable, Woodhead is a passing-down specialist, Ridley is still unproven. Branch is an nice third receiver, Ocho has talent but apparently can't remember his routes. If you watched the Saints last night, you saw a team with seven receivers who have 300 yards or more and three different backs all of whom have close to 500 yards each, and a fourth back pushing 300 yards. GB is similar . . . a team with multiple options on offense--not as much of a running threat as NO, but with a deep, diverse set of talented receivers. Given the dearth of talent on the Pats offense, it is absolutely amazing that BB and Brady are getting 20 points a game from the Pats offense, never mind 30. Yeah, the offense stalls out sometimes. What's amazing, though, is that with just four receiving threats (if you include Branch) it doesn't stall out every single drive. Running a mediocre back like BJGE (or even a possibly good back like Ridley) 10 times a game more is simply not going to help. BB and BO'B have devised an offense that relies primarily on an up-tempo no huddle passing game to prevent defensive substitutions and force the defense to play the same set of defenders against Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker until the LBs and DBs tire out. Yeah, it's not that diverse. It is one dimensional. But it's that way not because BB and BO'B have brain farts every game or lack creativity, it's that way because they have only four decent offensive weapons to work with. There isn't much they can do with that talent. So what they try to do is put those four guys in situations where they're most likely to succeed. Personally, I think it's a brilliant coaching effort (and a brilliant job by the QB), because this offense really doesn't have the horses to be in the top three offenses in the league. Yet that's where it's at.
Despite this, there's a bunch of fans here whining about the offense. Sorry, I just don't get it. Watch NO and see the kind of talent a typical 30-point offense is made with. Then watch the Pats. The only possible conclusion is that our coaching staff are geniuses, because they're doing so well with so little.
The same thing is true on defense, as well, where the talent is even worse. Rodney Harrison wasn't kidding when he called this the worst secondary in NFL history. It's bad. The LBs are bad too (except for Mayo). And the DL is mediocre except for Wilfork. It shouldn't surprise anyone that this defense is 32nd in the league in yardage. What's amazing is that it manages to stay in the middle of the pack when it comes to points. Again, it's brilliant coaching.
What the Pats need now more than anything is talent. If they win the Super Bowl this year (and they very well might) it's purely because BB, his coaching staff, and his QB have figured out a way to do it with duct tape and safety pins. And if they don't win, it won't because they coached bad, but because with the talent they have they didn't really even deserve to be in the playoffs.