Re: McGinnest said on ESPN Podcast today with Adam Jones that....
posted at 2/14/2012 10:55 AM EST
In Response to Re: McGinnest said on ESPN Podcast today with Adam Jones that....
In Response to Re: McGinnest said on ESPN Podcast today with Adam Jones that.... : Well they are at least half responsible for it. The offense cannot get the ball until the defense ends the other teams possession. Look at the previous Giants-Pats Super Bowl. The Giants managed to take 9 minutes off the clock before the Patriots touched the ball. That certainly is not the offenses fault. The Patriots offense this year was never a ball control, eat up clock kind of team. They were at their best in the hurry up offense. The won games when the defense got them the ball back quickly and with good field position (3-and-out or turnovers). The defense failed to do that in the Super Bowl.
Posted by FrnkBnhm
They are more than hald responsible for it.
NEs offense was 13th in TOP per drive, their defense was 31st last time I ran the stats. Yes, they have a quick strike offense, but they also have an offense that racks up first downs like there is no tommorow, and almost never goes 3 % out, which in TOP terms is far, far more important than the variable of running or passing.
The defense, which was ok at preventing scores (17th) was miserable at getting itself off the field. If they had managed more 3 & Outs, then the offense would have had more chances.
Even in the Superbowl, I'm astounded they only got the ball for the offense 8 times with any meaningful time to score. Given that the average game features about 11-12 possessions per team, it was a huge fail.
Yes, the score was low on both sides. It was low because the Giants consciously decided to limit how many chances NE's offense would be given, and there was nothing the NE defense could do to stop them.
NE needs to fix that. Opposing teams cannot dictate the game flow that was in the future -- and the offense chewing up even more time off the clock hurts that more than it helps it. They need more drives of their own, and less time where the opponent is on the field holding the ball.
And yes, it is mostly the defense's fault -- having longer drives doesn't equal more chances to score which is what NE needed.