Re: Mcdaniels play calling and game plan.
posted at 1/22/2013 4:41 AM EST
NE didn't run much hurry up at all.
I don't understand why, perhaps they weren't running the hurry up plays well enough? Maybe they didn't feel they could from the packages they were forced to run without Gronkowski out there?
But to say they ran too much hurry up is just wrong. They ran so very little.
They basically came out and tried to run the football and run a PA offense.
33 passes, 27 runs until the Ridley fumble in the 4th quarter that put the game out of reach. They dominated time of possesion until that point too.
They just weren't scoring bunches ... and when they don't score bunches they can't hang in games. It's the same story we've seen for four years now.
That is the difference in the game.
Close, late ... Baltimore takes it away by literally knocking Ridley out and taking the ball away. They get a short field for their offense. They get a score that forces the opponent to start throwing on every single down.
NE needs to be the team delivering that knockout turnover. Hit Flacco. Hit Rice. Cause a fumble. Pick up the ball. Get a short field.
Sitting there and praying that you run the ball 30 times to a 13 point score and then have Brady throw 2 TDs against an elite Baltimore defense to bail you out is just an insane game plan.
If that is the offense NE wants to run, uber conservative, running, then they need a defense that can back its play.