Re: McDaniels has to go!
posted at 12/3/2012 10:48 AM EST
In response to ccsjl's comment:
Yesterdays game stats Pats 32 rushes total - with 14 of the 16 plays being runs in the 4th quarter game sealing drive, that means Pats only ran the ball 18 times in the first 52 minutes of the game. My point is look how well the Pats ran the ball WHEN THEY ATTEMPTED IT!
Greg Bedard's article was pretty insightful:
So, McDaniels developed a smart game plan: throw early, use the width of the field, get the Dolphins a little tired, and then come back to the run late.
"Yeah, theyâre a good run defense, they all are physical players up front," Belichick said. "We thought we would be able to attack them, attack the width of the field a little bit at times. Ultimately, you have to balance things out, which we tried to do."
Maybe that's why the run worked in the 2nd half a bit more. I am a "run the ball" advocate for sure, but I can understand that the gameplan was to not play to the Dolphins' strength - their run D -- at least not initially.
I agree with those who have said that in the prior few years they would have abandoned the run and not gone back to it. The fact that they didn't is great. Bodes wll for this team.