Re: Patriots Better Built For Playoffs This Year Vs. Last?
posted at 12/6/2013 3:04 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
I disagree with a couple of key points on this thread.
Number 1 is that our offense is more diverse due to having deep threats that can run side line routes and stretch the field. I see that our receptions are spread out to more receivers this year, but that was due to necessity, not by design. Gronk and Danny being injured and not really having any consistency other then Edelman is the reason, but this hurt us more then helped us.
By insinuating that our offense has been "missing" deep threats you ignore the basic fact that while our QB is still one of the best in football the deep ball is no longer part of his arsenal. He has one of the worst completion % in the league of balls traveling over 20 yards and it has been this way for years. He is a Qb that looks for short but consistent right place right time route running. This is what our offense is.
Furthermore I don't see KT and Dobson as being these "field stretching" receivers that you guys have been talking about. Our TE Gronk still leads us in yards per catch at 15.1(good for only 27th in the league) and KT and Dobson are at 14.6 and 14.1 ypc(good for 30th and 40th in the league) Not sure these numbers scare a defense out of flooding the zone...
Now, KT and Dobby are seldom on the field together as they play the same position meaning in essence they are worth 1 players numbers(65+ receptions 950 yards and 8 tds to the flanker position this year) and I would argue that their reception totals would be cut in half if Gronk had played the 1st 6 weeks. On top of that how has this new found "diversity" helped this offense? We are completing 60% of our passes, the worst in 10 years. In terms of yards per completion Brady is at 6.9, the worst since 2006, coincidentally he was at 8.57 in 2011, which was the best in his career(the year we didn't have a field stretcher and 80 % of our offense went to 3 or 4 guys).
Our offense is starting to get better but that is because Brady has 3 consistent route runners that are getting 70% of the targets again. Gronk, Edelman and Vareen are catching 8-10 balls a game a piece. I love to see Brady hitting the open man, but the fact is he is a creature of habit, and he will go to the guys who get open, and that means chemistry with Brady. 3 guys have it, the rest do not, and probably will not unless we see an injury to one of the big 3.
Diversity is being able to pass and run the ball effectively, and giving a defense multiple looks. It is not how many guys have 20 or more receptions on your team. This more often then not, means that you don't have consistent weapons in the passing game.
I say we had more talent on this offense in 2010,2011, and even last year.
Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, Lloyd, Edelman, ridley, Vareen, and Woody are a way more talented cast then Gronk, Amendola, Edelman, Collie, KT, Dobson, Ridley, Vareen, Blount and it's really not even close imo. Perhaps next year or the year after when some of these new guys develop chemistry with Brady but until that happens our offense was better completing 65% passing, for 7.5 to 8.5 ypc, more first downs, the highest 3rd down % in the league, and a 3-1 td to int ratio.
I'll save the rest for later.
Interesting how on paper, Brady is better with lesser total talent at WR/TE/RB, huh?
He won 3 SBs with weaker talent than what he had in general from 2007-2012. Some of our fans or the more vocal ones on messageboards completely forgot why Brady was great pre 2007.
It wasn't because of him being spoiled by WR/TE talent.
Less binkies, the better Brady is as a QB. Simple fact.
I absolutely agree with you on this point. Tom is better when he is challenged to go through his progressions, thereby giving all of his receivers a chance to get the ball. This was also huge in the new WRs develpment as they knew they would get a target if they got open. In turn, they worked that much harder each play to do so, which has benefitted each of them greatly. This new group has helped Tom rehone his in-play read and react skills instead of letting him have preconceived notions going into a play while getting too comfortable with simply trusting to go to the same one or two guys constantly. That resulted in catastrophe when teams were able to take his favs off their marks, or his favs let him down. This was a brilliant strategy by the mad scientist, BB. Now after nearly a season of building on the weeks prior, they are meshing as a group. Nobody knows whats good for Tommy like Bill does. BB has to be the COY. Perfect match.