Re: Mario Williams could end up in New England
posted at 2/20/2012 5:40 PM EST
In Response to Re: Mario Williams could end up in New England
[QUOTE]Also, you do realize that when Brady was "reined in" by Weiss, those three Super Bowls were also one or two plays from losses? Its not like they blew teams out back then. The ball bounced their way, and they were heroes. If Welker made that catch, and Manningham didn't, it would be the same story.
Posted by Zchowdary[/QUOTE]
Yes, but they won because Brady made intelligent measured throws. He scanned the field and threw to the OPEN receiver. He wasn't trying to force the ball in to two guys and ignoring everyone else. The thing that made Brady special (besides Weiss) was his intelligence. That guy has been replaced by a player that plays reckless football. Remember Drew? Bledsoe was and always will be more physically talented than Tom Brady. But nobody in their right mind would say Bledsoe was a better QB. What separated the two was Tom's superior football IQ and work ethic. And I don't know if his work ethic has changed, but he is definitely playing a much less cerebral game.
I'm sorry but if Brady were playing the way he's playing now in the three Superbowls he won this team would still be winless in the big game.
I'm not saying all the blame falls on Brady. But until they fix that problem, I don't think it matters what else they do.
The more frightening thing is your example: Welker dropping the pass that probably would have sealed the game. These losses come down to one or two plays. Like the Caldwell drop in 06 that cost a playoff game to the Colts. That was essentially the Superbowl because the winner got to play a CFL team from Chicago for the title. I don't have a problem with Reche the way some people do. Because he won the Chargers game for us the week earlier. And the Samuel game winning drop in the 07 Superbowl. And years later we find out from Rodney Harrison that the helmet catch was a result of Samuel being out of position and gambling. Note that Rodney is too classy to call out refs for the 3 or 4 blatant holding call on the Giants O-Line on that play.
The point is, those teams had playmakers. Ty Law would have held on to that ball. Troy Brown would have held on to the Reche and Welker drops. We had guys like MCGinest Bruschi and Vrabel. And guys that just always seemed to be able to make a play when it mattered.
I'm glad this defense was starting to gain more discipline and consistency. But you have to have is a player or two that you can count on to come up with big play. And they just don't have that. That's not something you can fix with coaching. Even on offensive. Show me the back you can count on for a big first down the way you could with Smith or Dillon. Or the reciever that's going to catch a key first down (when it matters- not in October) or slip behind a defense to gash them for 30 yards and drive the nail in the coffin. Now we have guys like Gronk who don't even mind losing. Tom Brady used to be that guy but now he's too busy fixating on one or two guys.
And to the guy that asked if I would rather go back to the days of Rod Rust? Yes. In a twisted way. A 2-14 season would be a lot easier to take than what happened Feb 5. I started watching the Pats in 1991. I saw a lot of losing. It sucked. But it never hurt nearly as much as watching them gag in Denver or against the Giants twice.
But that's a straw man anyway. It's not an either or argument. I'm just tired of being average. Mediocrity is a very difficult thing to escape in a salary cap league. In a lot of ways it's worse than being awful.
The most frustrating thing is that it's not any one thing. But it starts at the top. Bill is probably still arrogant enough to think he can coach up fourth round players.Even though his track record clearly indicates otherwise. The Pats need to change what they are doing. They need to stay put or trade up in this year's draft and get some desperately needed talent on defense and pickup a WR. The guys the have now are just not getting open consistently enough. They can't continue to build their entire passing game around a midget and two tight ends. And maybe it's time to move away from such a complex offense. When a 10 plus year vet comes in and can't grasp your offense, maybe it's time to tone it down. A timing offense is too easy for a good psychical defense to slow down. And it's something you utilize when the same group of players have been in place for a while. Not when you are constantly shuffling players in and out.
Like I said, it's not any one thing. But it needs to start with Bill not wasting draft picks and Brady getting back to his roots.