Re: Pats should consider a return to a ball control offense...
posted at 7/6/2013 10:59 AM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
Salk added the three seasons together and got those percentages, we were 8th, 12th and 5th in rushing attempts, are we really going pretend like we didn't see the difference in this offense we've been watching for the past five years which, when put under pressure couldn't convert a single down vs the Weis offenses who won three Super Bowls in the waning seconds by executing under duress.
You can nit pick every little minute of statistics and cherry pick the ones you like, tailor it to fit your argument, but the proof is in the results. 2001-2004 we were clutch, we played a ball control offense as EVERY PROFESSIONAL, former coach, announcer, sports pundit or casual blogger will attest to.
I mean it seems like now you guys are arguing whether we ran this style of offense in the winning days... weren't you there, didn't you watch the games, go check Wikpedia for cripessakes! That's what our offense was famous for, please don't try to rewrite history, I own the DVD.
This isn't an argument about whether those early defenses were better, obviously they were.
But what you guys are saying is that in the last two Super Bowls we lost because the defense wasn't good enough, that the offense's style of play has no bearing on the defense or special teams and that they showed up and did their job on the last two Super Bowl Sundays and that's garbage.
We were a finesse offense, great in the regular season but a liability in the playoffs. You have to be able to win ugly in the playoffs, we couldn't...
We haven't been good enough on offense or defense, but they don't hand out Super Bowl trophies for your regular season record or how points you rang up against the Bengals. And all three phases of the game work in tandem so a quick strike, feast or famine offense that can't score or stay on the field has a direct effect on field position, times clock and most importantly the offense and special teams. We haven't been able to sustain that for three playoff games in a row, perfect execution in the passing game isn't easy and the opposing team, if physical enough can throw off finesse; see Rams 2001 Super Bowl and both Pats/Giants Super Bowls for good examples.
Pretending like that had no bearing on the Super Bowl results is nonsensical or you've put blinders on because you prefer a wide open offensive attack over the slower, plodding offensive style that we used to use. Tell us how that's been working out for you?
It's funny that you recognize that all phases of the game should work in tandem but fail to recognize that when a D can't get off the field (which was pretty much decided in the FIRST possession in BOTH SB's) that you better have an offense that can score with a quick strike.
Again, NO TEAM SCORES ON every possession. You are playing out of your mind or playing a bad D if you are scoring on 50% of them as most teams only score on a third of them.
Let's look at this in simple terms and SIMPLE math. One quarter =15 minutes.
If the first defensive (half possession) takes 5 minutes (and it was much more) and then the O takes the field and also takes 5 minutes and the D takes the fileld again for another 5, basically what you have is 1 1/2 possessions per quarter and 6 per game. (5+5)+5=15= 1.5 possessions per quarter
In contrast, if the D takes 5 minutes and the O takes 2 1/2 minutes, you have increased to 8 possessions per game.. (5 + 2.5) + (5 + 2.5) =15 2 possessions per quarter.
This is what happened.
You have no choice other than quick strike if your D is averaging nearly 5 minutes pp.
An average game will go more like this, (2.5+2.5)+(2.5+2.5)+(2.5+2.5)=15 minutes and 3 possessions per quarter and 12 possessions per game. Those are average time of possessions.
You don't see the problem? The D HAS TO DECREASE THEIR ToP IN ORDER FOR THE O TO INCREASE THEIRS.
You don't want less possessions, you want more, as possessions = ability to score..
The O's Top was not the problem they were actually a little better than the average @ 2.75pp. The D's inability to get off the field robbed it's own offense of 4 possessions.
Plain and simple! No secret decoder ring needed.