Patriots Can't Afford Poor Play-Calling From Bill O'Brien in 2010

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    Patriots Can't Afford Poor Play-Calling From Bill O'Brien in 2010

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    Patriots Can't Afford Poor Play-Calling From Bill O'Brien in 2010

     The Patriots' offense had problems in 2009, and a good chunk of those issues stemmed from the play-calling.

    But quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien still appears to be the guy in charge of the play-calling duties, yielding the question: Can O'Brien be more creative in 2010?

    O'Brien wouldn’t take the bait during minicamp and admit that he'll assume the same role in the 2010 season, but it was clear that he was running the offense during the Patriots' four weeks of offseason practice. For whatever reason, O'Brien hasn’t been promoted to offensive coordinator  -- perhaps, labels are for losers? Regardless, he simply has to make improvements from last season's performance.

    The Patriots were sixth in the NFL in 2009 with 26.7 points per game and they were third in total offense, so it's not like they were a mess on the offensive side of the ball. However, anyone watching the games could see there were some glaring issues.

    Too often, there was a lack of functional communication between the coaching staff and the offense, leading Tom Brady to rush plays out of the huddle, call early timeouts and get flagged for delay of game. Additionally, there was hardly enough dedication to the running game, which really hurt the Patriots when they blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against the Colts.

    And there was a complete inability to make in-game adjustments, which led to four losses in games that the Patriots led by double digits. Most damning, New England was 7-for-31 on third downs in the second half of their losses in 2009. That’s a crushing number for a team that is trying to stay on the field when it's either attempting to protect a lead or rally to erase a deficit.

    As one team source told NESN.com after the 2009 season, there was some "frustration" on the offensive side of the ball, and there was a "big [philosophical] difference" in terms of their execution patterns. That’s clearly not what anyone is looking for, and it will take a collaborative effort from everyone on the offensive side of the ball to correct those issues in 2010.

    O'Brien has some more wide receiving weapons at his disposal, including a healthy Brandon Tate, third-round draft pick Taylor Price and veteran Torry Holt. Inject some life into the offense with a fresh batch of trick plays, run the ball with more attitude and let the stars -- Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker -- do what they do best.

    That’s how O'Brien can correct the offensive issues in 2010.


     
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    They just need to make TB the offensive coordinator. simple
     
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    I see a Josh McD rise from O'Brien, remember Josh got tons of flack in the beginning until he settled in and was comfortable. BB wouldn't have a moron running his offense, if he believes in O'Brien then I have to too.
     
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    Kansas, no QB in the league today can be his own OC. Too many personnel changes, sub-packages, adjustments for a QB to worry about. Contrary to what you've heard, Peyton Manning doesn't call his own plays either. 


    No QB in the modern era of Football can do it. 
     
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    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b4Qax Patriots Can't Afford Poor Play-Calling From Bill O'Brien in 2010 by Jeff Howe on Jul 6, 2010 10:26:08 AM  The Patriots' offense had problems in 2009, and a good chunk of those issues stemmed from the play-calling. But quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien still appears to be the guy in charge of the play-calling duties, yielding the question: C an O'Brien be more creative in 2010? O'Brien wouldn’t take the bait during minicamp and admit that he'll assume the same role in the 2010 season, but it was clear that he was running the offense during the Patriots' four weeks of offseason practice. For whatever reason, O'Brien hasn’t been promoted to offensive coordinator  -- perhaps, labels are for losers? Regardless, he simply has to make improvements from last season's performance. The Patriots were sixth in the NFL in 2009 with 26.7 points per game and they were third in total offense, so it's not like they were a mess on the offensive side of the ball. However, anyone watching the games could see there were some glaring issues. Too often, there was a lack of functional communication between the coaching staff and the offense, leading Tom Brady to rush plays out of the huddle, call early timeouts and get flagged for delay of game. Additionally, there was hardly enough dedication to the running game, which really hurt the Patriots when they blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against the Colts. And there was a complete inability to make in-game adjustments, which led to four losses in games that the Patriots led by double digits. Most damning, New England was 7-for-31 on third downs in the second half of their losses in 2009. That’s a crushing number for a team that is trying to stay on the field when it's either attempting to protect a lead or rally to erase a deficit. As one team source told NESN.com after the 2009 season, there was some "frustration" on the offensive side of the ball, and there was a "big [philosophical] difference" in terms of their execution patterns. That’s clearly not what anyone is looking for, and it will take a collaborative effort from everyone on the offensive side of the ball to correct those issues in 2010. O'Brien has some more wide receiving weapons at his disposal, including a healthy Brandon Tate , third-round draft pick Taylor Price and veteran Torry Holt . Inject some life into the offense with a fresh batch of trick plays, run the ball with more attitude and let the stars -- Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker -- do what they do best. That’s how O'Brien can correct the offensive issues in 2010.
    Posted by Hoier


    Offensive play calling was unimaginative and predictable. Dunno if due to poor play calling or due to contstraints due to players.

    Red zone offense, big problem last year.  Inability to score in the second half, big problem last year. Cause? probably a mix of poor play calling and limited talent. I think they missed having a decent FB.

    If BB is willing to change; he'll use the TEs for more than just protecting Brady.
    It's been said before many times, the patriots need a better run game, more play action calls, less spread offense out of shotgun with noone in backfield, and Brady needs to hit the open guy vs. forcing to Welker or Moss.
     
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    Kansas, no QB in the league today can be his own OC. Too many personnel changes, sub-packages, adjustments for a QB to worry about. Contrary to what you've heard, Peyton Manning doesn't call his own plays either.  No QB in the modern era of Football can do it. 
    Posted by 49Patriots


    Tom has seen all the packages which Charlie and others have put in place.  Good personnel optioins are far more important at this stage than decisions by whatever OC.  Tom has the personnel to play a true spread Offense which was the formula that won us the three rings.  We are back in the saddle again.  Good TEs that pull down receptions is what will move the chains when added to the rest of our Offense.  We are back!!
     
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    Bill O'Brien=very bad  :o(
     
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    Re: Patriots Can't Afford Poor Play-Calling From Bill O'Brien in 2010

    They need to seek more balance offensively.

    The running game, because of the drastic rules changes, has become merely a complimentary aspect of playing offense these days, but it's still an aspect that needs to be utilized.

    While you'd like to see them run the ball effectively, just trying to run the ball more still makes a difference.

    In 2003 they averaged just 3.4 yards-per-carry for the season, yet they still ran it almost as much as they threw it, and as a result, Brady's play-action fakes were still very effective.

    Since the Moss/Welker acquisitions in 2007, the Pats have become a 5-wide, spread-the-field, shotgun team primarily. It worked very, very well for about 10 games in 2007, and then teams began figuring it out (those last six wins of the 2007 regular season were nowhere near as easy as the first 10; the playoff win over Jacksonville was not easy; the AFC title game win over San Diego was a game in which they actually got outplayed for three quarters; and the Super Bowl was a disaster, as we all know).

    They need to get back to striving for more balance offensively. Like I said, even if they don't run all that effectively, running more still forces the defense to account for the fact that the Pats will attempt to run the ball anyway.
     
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    I think it's more important that Brady and Moss stay healthy.

    I bet Brady's rib and shoulder injuries on top of his recovering confidence in his knee limited his mobility and therefore the playcalling.  Just a hunch.

    Also a hunch: there were a lot of catches that Moss couldn't make because of his shoulder injury.
     
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    All this doesen't matter, O'brian needs 2 get CANNED!!!!!
     
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    Betting the farm???  LOL.  After so many negative farm references about Indiana, you'd think you would find another idiom to use. 

    You're not the sharpest tool in the shed are ya Russ?
     
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    I like STP43FAN's posts.  Seems to know a lot.  Maybe you'll fill the void left by zbellino.

    My 2 cents:  run works well in certain situations (short yardage, when unexpected, just trying to mix it up, when D is tired) and against certain teams that just can't stop it (Denver 2008 v Pats and Pats 2009 playoffs v Baltimore).  
     
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    The ENTIRE Patriot Coaching Staff NEEDS to 'Step' it up this year!  Period!
     
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    Re: Patriots Can't Afford Poor Play-Calling From Bill O'Brien in 2010

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    Kansas, no QB in the league today can be his own OC. Too many personnel changes, sub-packages, adjustments for a QB to worry about. Contrary to what you've heard, Peyton Manning doesn't call his own plays either.  No QB in the modern era of Football can do it. 
    Posted by 49Patriots

     
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    2 words sum up last year's playcalling:  too predictable.


    Back to basics:  establish the run, go play action, and then set up for the big plays downfield. 


    More potential weapons this year.

     
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    Re: Patriots Never Won With Balance; They Won With Passing

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    In Response to Re: Patriots Never Won With Balance; They Won With Passing : Galloway was supposed to be the second stretch guy of 2009; Aiken was supposed to be the special teams captain; he got pressed to starting WR because Galloway failed; Edelman overall wasn't ready yet.  The offense was set up to be "balanced" but between injuries and poor performances it got "unbalanced," yet it remains impossible to find where lack of balance is why the Patriots lost the games they did.  The 2001-6 offenses were not particularly balanced - 2001 was okay, but 2002 wasn;t' 2003 was the weakest running game in many years yet they won the SB that season; 2004 had Corey Dillon but the pass still predominated.  There were so few games in that period where the run was genuinely relevant to the outcome that it isn't funny.  The reality is the run has become an outdated tactic.
    Posted by STP43FAN


    No matter how many times you say it won't change the fact that you are wrong. The Pats ran a more balanced offense during the Superbowl winning years than they have since 2006. If you look at how many times they ran the ball versus how many times they passed it, you will see a 50-50 split. Doing that keeps the opposing D from pinning they're ears back and blitzing every down, ala NY Gints. It helps keep Brady upright and helps to keep his ribs from being broken. If you can't see that, maybe you should go back to NASCAR.
     
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