Re: No Silver Lining In Patriots' Aura of Desperation
posted at 11/12/2012 9:00 PM EST
In response to Neal Page's comment:
In response to FrnkBnhm's comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
Last year's putrid, horrible defense gave up fewer points in Super Bowl than any of those championship years except for 2001... tell us again how it's the defense's fault the offense didn't score in the 4th quarter and turned it over twice.
The defense played well in the 1st quarter yesterday, then they stopped playing well; I'm not here to defend them especially when they don't play well. That being said there are also positives like run defense and forced turnovers.
Those defenses back then also gave up yards, middle of the pack as far as passing yards go, this defense needs to get better on third downs and rushing the passer, but there has been week to week improvements and they'll be judged on their complete body of work and more importantly how they play in the post season.
I happen to believe BB plays his defensive players conservatively and plays situational defense, we cushion leads and ride them out hoping our defense will execute and keep their offense inbounds and the clock running, we don't shut them down on defense as much as wait them out. We have only one "max contract" player on defense and that's Wilfork who plays nearly every down, almost every other large contract we have are offensive players.
I don't see how people still do not get this. They key to Giants defensive game plan against the Patriots in the Super Bowl was eating up clock and controlling field position. They were able to do this because every time they got ball they were able to move it (their shortest drive of the game was 22 yards and it still lasted 7 plays and took 4:19 off the clock). BB should have been familiar with the strategy it was how the Giants beat the Bills in the Super Bowl...
The Giants held the ball for 37 minutes, the Patriots average starting field position was their own 16 yard-line. Their best was their own 29 yard-line. It is not complicated... what is the best way to stop a good offense? You keep the ball away from them...
They also never turned the ball over. The main thing that has been saving this defense is the turnovers. Without the turnovers, this team could easily be 4-5 or even 3-6. What happens when the other team protects the ball?
Except Brady didn't take a Safety, throw an INT or waste an opp to ice SB 42 by throwing high to a wide open All Pro receiver in Welker.
So, the D actually performed better in SB 46 considering Brady was worse in SB 46 than he was in SB 42.
The Giants had the right gameplan, we didn't. Rein Brady in to win a SB. Pretty clear.
Zero 3 & outs
Zero 6 and outs
the field 38 minutes, that's 16 minutres more than the O. Reduced the game to 8 possessions
Averages a horrendous 4 minutes and 45 seconds per drive.
Never stopped the gints in their own territory, not once!
Horrendous penalties to extend plays
Rarely got the ball back to the O without allowing a score. Forced only 3 punts. 5 scores out of 8 drives.
Allowed a 88 yard last minute TD.
Allowed Eli a 75% pass completion and nearly a perfect QB rating.
3 inconsequential sacs that resulted in nothing.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something but, OH YEAH they were awsome! None Better>!!!!!
Think that trumps TB's safety (o-line breakdown) and a pick.
IT WAS THE WHOLE F"N GAME!