Re: Is Brady Clutch? Great Article
posted at 10/18/2012 11:07 AM EDT
I think it might be a combo of a number of things:
Hurry up - The more you run the hurry up the more you wind the opposing D but also the more winded your O becomes. It's a two edge sword. The end result might be a stalemate if the opposing D is still fighting. You can't run the ball because your OL can't push and you can't pass the ball because the opponent can sit back in coverage. So as we've seen lately you almost need to score all your points in the first 3qts before the team winds down and just tries to kill whatever clock they can
Randy Moss - The more I think about it the more I'm beginning to realize there might have been an unwanted side affect to having Moss. Before the Moss era Brady didn't have someone you could lobe the ball up to and let them go get it. As such, Brady had to be smarter at the line, check down, take what the D gave him, even call draw plays. He mastered simplifying the O to the point where they could run a 10 play drive to move the ball 60 yards a little chunk at a time in just over a min. He would destroy prevent D's but hitting his WR's on flats and slants in stride and letting them make plays. One huge benefit was because it was such short yards he could get the team up to the line quickly. Now look at post Moss era, when was the last time you saw Brady audible out to a draw play with less then two mins needing a score? How many 15+yrd passes have you seen him throw one first, second, third, and forth down? How many times have you seen 4 DB's 15yrds off the line and open receivers on short dump off pass but Brady taking the Bledsoe route and just sling it deep? Having Moss's ability to go get a ball might have rusted Brady's brain from when he didn't have a guy like that. If you look at the fundamental approach Brady took from 01'-06' compared to 07'-present they are complete opposites. The Brady of 01-06' would have little issue moving the ball 50yrds to give Ghost a good shot with 1:20 left and no TO's. It would have been an 8 play drive leaving just enough time to give his kicker a chance. What did Brady do against Sea, first throw for 30yrds on a low % play. The old Brady would have never had done that
Pressure of a bad D - it's the oddiest thing to me. This D works reasonable well when they are aggressive. Yes they give up points and big plays but they also create turn overs. In the 4th when we go into prevent it might as well be swiss cheeze. The opponent scores quicker, gets more big plays, and has their way with this D. I have no clue why BB is so afraid to be aggressive in the 4th when the prevent is giving up way more then when they are aggressive. This relates back to the O because you can see the O feels the pressure from their D not being able to hold a pillow and try to force plays they shouldn't. Instead of taking what they can like earlier in the game they get away from what works and try to force something that doesn't, ie if you haven't committed to run the ball all game you won't be able to run it when you need it, if you have been using dump offs all game and they have been working you don't need 10+yrds on every play every down, if you have been running the ball affectively don't switch to a shot gun spread formation and try to force the pass.
Getting away from what worked early in the game - I don't know if it's the pressure to close out a game but lately they have complicated things with the OP when they are trying to close things out. It use to be that they would run what worked down your throat until you stopped it. It made things very simply. We run these 3 plays until they stop it then we run these 3 plays but the major thing was they never forced anything and took what they got whether it was 3 yards on a carry or 2 yards on a pass. Simple right? Now you look at it and they are complicating things by trying to force the ball down field on long plays or running trick plays trying to catch the D off gaurd. Sometimes I see them run things and it looks like parts of the O have no clue what's going on. They feel the need to get firsts on every down now or eating as much clock as possible in 3 plays instead of taking what they can
There's a number of factors I think have lead up to this but these are the major differences between 01-06 and 07-present right now