In response to Bunker Spreckles' comment:
In response to dreighver's comment:
Absolutely love reading Prolate and zbellino's posts. Each one is thoughtful, insightful, well written, and thought provoking. It's clear that both have a strong understanding of the game of football, and they're in a select minority here who seem to understand that football is indeed a team game; they don't blame a philosophical approach, or one particular player. Rather, they look at the whole picture, attempt (to the best of their ability) to analyze what happened, and determine why we won or lost.
Objective, intelligent, thoughtful.... doesn't get much better than that. Two guys I'd love to have a beer (or a coffee) with and talk Pats football
Let's go Pats!
The flaws with them, which really compromises what you just said, is they think Brady can do no wrong and they transpose his flaws and poor play recently over to the younger and inexperienced defense.
I've said it many times..They are clearly intelligent people, which is why they're refusal to admit Brady has let our team down as much any player on our team lately, is so annoying. They just gloss right over it and then scapegoat others, eventually putting it on BB's plate as if BB can control Brady's in-play QB moves or passes or Welker's drops.
It's just bizarre to see two intelligent people sort of not care why this continues to happen.
Then, a troll like Gunty whips in and sees an angle and says something like "my D played great! You just can't admit the other team played well!"
Well, no, Gunty, our own team, our own offense literally choked on slam dunk, EASY plays which let your overrated SB winning teams off the hook.
I disagree Rusty. I think Prolate ZB tend to acquit Brady of any fault, because as of late, he hasn't been deserving of any significant blame.
I understand that statistically speaking, and as far as the eye-test goes, Brady's play has dropped off in the playoffs. I will grant you that. With that said, I feel confident saying (although I haven't looked at the statistics myself) that this is the case for most quarterbacks in the NFL. When the playoffs begins, nerves kick in, and as a result players drop more passes, timing is thrown off, and you begin to play better defenses in an environment and under circumstances that lend themself to defensive football. Naturally, offensive production drops, and the production of the quarterbacks drop as well.
To win in the playoffs, and this has been demonstrated time and time again, you need to have a strong defense, and perhaps more importantly, a defense which can force turnovers in big games, and bow their necks in crunch time. Unfortunately, recent iterations of the Patriots' defense has failed to do this. They're wonderful at forcing turnovers in the regular season, but when the playoffs kick in, they seem to lose their magic touch.
That's fair except they really don't say that Brady must improve. They just gloss over it. They want to focus more on 1st or 2nd year players on D who just graduated college.
Brady's 2011 AFC title game or SB 46 isn't enough for him to get some blame? How does that make sense? BY his own admittance, he said he sucked and then he made colossal errors in the 4th qtr in two crucial spots that were actually easy decisions not to make or being somewhat lazy on a throw to Welker.
As for the D, Spikes picked Flacco in 2011 and that should have pretty much been the game, but what did Brady do on 1st down? An INT!
Last year, I think we all can agree if Talib and Jones are there, that game is clearly going to be closer and we might win it.
Our D is strong and getting stronger and deeper in every year since BB started the rebuild with youth into the lockout in 2010. What hasn't happened is Brady is not shedding his repeated mistakes and flaws as a QB.
The D is trending up and quick and the offense, led by Brady, not so much. Offense wins championships in Goodell's era. Sound, balanced, smart offense.