posted at 10/25/2010 1:17 PM EDT
Manning gets plays called for him, but in general Moore sends in four plays and they decide at the LOS what they are running.
Brady gets plays called for him too, but has to call out the defense and change aspects of the play, and may change to any number of plays at the LOS depending on the personnel.
Neither of them has complete autonomy. And everyone calls stupid plays from time to time.
That play on 4-1 (I think we are referring to this?) was silly the first time they called it. It worked earlier in the game. I didn't like it when it worked either.
I liked it less the second time. It was literally 4th and a couple inches. Why not just let the QB squeeze the inches?
The irony is that everyone on the Chargers knew it was coming, and bit so hard in the direction, that all BJGE needs to do is cut it back inside and he gets and easy three yards IMO.
But that is his flaw as a runner. He is too mono-directional and never bounces to an alternate lane, and has zero upfield vision IMO.
SO yes. It is a situation where it is NOT all playcalling. Certainly BJGE could have cut it inside, although that isn't by design. Certainly SD was all over it, and NE simply cannot muster the blockers to cover it because they are short two players, QB and RB. But NO I think you can certainly say that running that particular play in a situation where all you need is an inch is not the best call by O'Brien.
If Brady had snuck and failed, I wouldn't complain as much, except to say the OL needs to be able to clear an inch in the clutch. This play forces them to clear 3-4 yards of space to make one inch of forward motion .... it simply doesn't make sense.