Re: pat's offensive line
posted at 8/31/2011 2:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: pat's offensive line
[QUOTE]I loved that 2003 team. The best Illustration of our offense that year was the one in Houston where Kevin Faulk went off. Dude had a monster game running and catching the rock and was juking guys left and right. We had Faulk and and old A.Smith. Believe me I know you dont need much, thats why I balked at the notion of having more backs mean we run more. The O-Coordinator still has to take his head out his b utt and call a good string of plays to get your offense in a rythm. Im still trying to figure out why maroney didnt get more touches in SB 42, when his 1st run went for about 12 yards and then Shotgun Spread (rusty's favorite) the whole rest of the game...banging our head against the wall. I think we miss the game managing Brady that wasnt trusted to do as much. Every since becoming a star QB, we havent been able to resist passing...20 mill/year will do that to you.. Sorry guys...dont see this changing, as much as I want another Lombardi.. :( in 03 and 04, we won with a bruising running game complimented by 2 good(not great) Wr's in Branch and Givens who could run great routes and a possesion guy in Brown who caught every ball that came his way....Now we have Brady at the Circus having fun to the detriment of the team in the long run... = no running game
Posted by JayShizzle45[/QUOTE]
I think it's got less to do with Brady wanting to be "the star" and more to do with what happened that day at Indy in January 2007. That 2006 team ran the ball a lot (out of necessity because of the below-average receivers). They had to throw it more late in the season because of injuries to Maroney and Dillon, but that was more of a running team than a passing team, by and large.
When they blew that 18-point lead (with a big assist from the zebras), and lost the game, with one of the signature moments of the loss being Caldwell's second dropped pass (showing his "big eyes" on the replay), that's when they decided, "if we can't beat them, we'll join them." And that's when Welker, Stallworth, Moss and the "bombs away" squad was born.
They finally began to transition away from that last year, but they haven't gone all the way yet.
Hopefully they will try to run the ball more when the real games start.
Brady's always been a "team first, win first" guy; his own need for self-gratification through putting up big numbers and MVPs are not something to worry about for Pats fans IMO. I don't believe he thinks that way (Dan Marino did, and that's one of the main reasons why he never won a Super Bowl).