Re: No Silver Lining In Patriots' Aura of Desperation
posted at 11/12/2012 11:27 AM EST
In response to Neal Page's comment:
In response to shenanigan's comment:
It doesn't seem like that.
I agree. It doesn't seem like that at all. I see a team looking to get healthier on D, especially on the back end, and has a new CB coming in next week. Once those pieces settle in, I think we'll see more consistency and confidence on D.
As for the offense, I see the same issues cropping up and I just don't think Hernandez's return fixes those. It's still the shotgun spread that causes the offense to sputter during games.
Imagine if Ridley wasn't subbed off the field as much? It's comical, they sub him off or Vereen off and then whoever comes back on, it's a run, the opponent's D easily sees it because we're so predictable and you see the Safety cheat up and get behind the line of scrimmage.
And we wonder why our run game isn't better?
The guy is fifth in the NFL in yards per game and fifth in carries... Does he have to lead the NFL in both categories before people feel like the Patriots are running enough.
Yesterday, the Patriots ran more in the second half than the first despite having a dreadful first half running the ball. Ridley had 10 carries for 33 yards in the first half (2.2 YPC). Did they "give up on the run", nope he had 12 carries in the second half and ended with 98 yards.
Seriously, how much do the Patriots need to run the ball for people to think it is enough. The are 9th in terms of percentage of running plays. They run more than teams like Pittsburgh, Denver and the Giants. There is no team ahead of them whose QB is one of their top players.
I am not defending McDaniels here at all... I think he is another BB overrated assistant (Bill likes these guys who never work for other NFL coaches who only know his way of doing things), but the answer is not simply run the ball more...