Re: Patriots need to attack Baltimore's stars
posted at 1/14/2013 7:25 PM EST
In response to dapats1281's comment:
In response to portfolio1's comment:
There are some players that you game plan for... Marshal Faulk or Lawrence Taylor for example.
THen there are sometimes weaknesses or mismatches you try to create and take advantage of. Gronk creates those but he is out. On the Ravens D it is not about targeting their "stars". It is about targeting a weakness/mismatch. If Lewis for example can be a mismatch in coverage then target him. If it is some other LB trying to cover Vereen then target them. If you can get Cannon in as an extra blocker and you have a shot at creating a mismatch that way go to it.
If they have no answer for Hern, then go to him. It is NOT about trying to make a specific player on their team look bad or falter. It is about trying to attack where you can get the most success.
Stop playing macho games like the twittering fool on the Ravens and play football. If a hurry up can catch them off guard or tire them out, great. Then do that.
You know when the Ravens will drop a little bit? When you kick their behind by beating them. ANd you beat them by putting a strength of ours verse a lesser capability of theirs. Vereen's speed, a second TEs blocking, a large target like Hern, etc, ....
In other words, coach and play SMART, not macho. The real macho part is in effort and EXECUTION.
You must have missed the point of what I was saying.
Lewis and Reed are not the same players they were and can be exploited.
THESE are the match ups. Why do you think Vereen played such a large role? We all know the Inside linebackers for HOU were a liability and BB exploited it.
Brandon Lloyd was target 12 times in the early game because Cary Williams is not that good, so BB attacked the weak link of the defense.
In Denver? They're very small up the middle and the Pats exploited it by running it up their throats.
I'm not saying that the Pats should target Lewis or Ed Reed to be macho. I said target them because they are now borderline weak links on that defense.
OK - got it! I am not sure those guys will be THE matchups to atttack but I agree with you as far as your meaning. And I also agree that IF those are THE matchups to attack and we beat them then again I agree there would be an emotional impact to that.