Re: Is the elephant in the room . . .
posted at 12/17/2012 11:34 AM EST
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
. . . The offensive line? Yes, it's a good one and Scarnecchia does a great job developing players and coaching the unit. But against the best defensive fronts it seems to look very pedestrian. Worse it forces the Pats into a one-dimensional offense. They can't run effectively and they can't throw deep. All they can do is rely on Brady's quick decision-making in the short passing game. Despite the low QB rating, I thought Brady was excellent last night. But when there's only one thing that works and it requires constant excellence from the QB and receivers, you run the risk of stalling out on key drives.
I've always thought the offensive line looks better than it really is because of Brady's quick and accurate decision-making. I wonder now if it's really a more of a weakness than we tend to think, which will continue to haunt this team against great fronts like the 49er's and the Giants'.
Same problems, different year.
Anyone that thinks that game was close was watching through rose colored glasses. The 49ers kicked the Pats butts all over the field. The Pats did not beat themselves, the 49ers forced the mistakes with better play.
The only reason the Pats came back is because Harbaugh was channeling his inner Belichick and sitting on the big lead and being conservative and trying to work clock. Trying to make the Pats go the length of the field and not give up quick strikes. (Not unlike other years of Belichick/Pats vs Manning) It's always dangerous to give Brady or Manning breathing room, or most good QB's for that matter. The moment the 49er D needed to switch back to attack mode and rise up they dropped Brady for two quick sacks like it was childs play.
Brady and the O can thank Harbaugh and his philosophy change during the game for their ability to accomplish much of anything. Three years in a row now Brady and that "prolific" offense has been stymied by a big physical athletic healthy defense. Zero run game when needed. Not impressed.
Defense was not much better. Although they were put in many horrible positions because of Brady/the offenses turnovers they still had communication troubles in the back end a few times leading to big plays. As well as missed big plays given up. The score should not have even been close. How many missed snaps exchanges did Kap have? Missed field goal? Over throw to wide open Vernon Davis in the end zone? The D had zero answers for stopping Gore straight up the gut over guard when 49ers ran it out of the pistol formation. Etc.
Pats got a beat down and wasn't their night from the start. Closeness of the score was not indicative of the game.