Re: REALLY OBRIEN??????
posted at 12/21/2009 5:07 PM EST
In Response to Re: REALLY OBRIEN??????
[QUOTE]The playcalling in the second half was ridiculous today. Especially near the end of the game when we need to RUN the ball to kill the clock and he decides it's time to pass it again.. come on!!!! And another note about the offensive play... WHERE are the TE's?!?!?! 4 people caught passes today - Moss, Welker, Morris, Faulk. Seriously? It's not that hard to stop an offense if they only have to defend 2 WR's
. Get Watson, Baker, Aiken, Edelman more involved!!!! And Brady must have tunnel vision because I swear he threw Welker's way a TON of times.. they need to spread it around like they used to, this is getting way too predictable.
Posted by jasonh86[/QUOTE]jason
:RE: TEs and WRS...
In Today's NFL, There is less and less an appreciable difference with slower, bigger, smash-mouth Strong Safeties and Faster, smaller, deep-field coverage Free Safeties. More and more we're seeing 2 very similiar mid-sized Safety-types that are fast as well as being adept in coverage and very decent tackling abilities. NOW, WHAT does this mean in regards to Offensive Wideouts and more specifically Tight Ends?
The Bills, like many teams in the NFL now, Have an excellent matchup Safety that has all and more of the above mentioned qualities I mentioned in Paragraph 1, in Donte Whitner. I didn't see the game yesterday, BUT I'm assuming that Buffalo used him (Whitner) in the same scenario-scheme that N.E. itself successfully deployed against even better TEs when Belichick used Brandon McGowan against Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez and Indy's Dallas Clark. As it stands right now, Whitner is a better Vet-tested Safety than our rookie McGowan who has played very admirably, YET McGowan was able to almost shut-down Dallas Clark and Tony Gonzalez... AND therefore Donte Whitner on Benjamin Watson (who is certainly NO Clark/Gonzalez) Becomes a matchup nightmare for N.E. in regards to getting the T.E. in the game.WHAT Does this ALL mean?
Well, First and foremost, The T.E. position has to evolve in order to counter the matchup Safety on Defense. Teams really need a super-TE for him to be effective. Less monster blockers that have simply average speed and pretty decent hands. More guys that can still at least adequately block, Ideally in the 6'5 range so they don't get swallowed up by Defensive Lineman. But guys with superb timed speed, and very good pass-catching abilities.
As has been said, These Players are few and far in between, BUT You just can't get by on having a mediocre TE anymore and hope to be effective, Because in the past it was the TE himself, That was the Defensive Nightmare, considering He was faster than the LB (if you covered him with an LB), and Better at getting open and sometimes even faster than what the Strong Safety could offer in coverage, and finally in the days of TE-yore (a couple years ago), even an average NFL TE would simply blow-up any tackle that the Free Safety might hope to make. Nowadays, These dual, hybrid, midsized, good tackling coverage Safeties will almost certainly limit a TEs previously great matchup abilities.
NOW, Take into consideration NOT having a #2 WR that's a threat: And In the end, It's becoming increasingly clear that in order for a "non-Pro-Bowl" TE to be effective in the least, IMHO a Team NEEDS a decent #2 WR threat. And the Patriots have Sam Aiken (I'll pause for laughter). A Team CANNOT imo have simply a slot-guy (like Welker), a deep-threat (like Moss), and hope to be an Offensive juggernaut in this pass-happy League WITHOUT either a decent-sized, very fast (for TEs-4.6-4.7 range), pass-catching TE that's at least a marginal blocker, OR a sure-handed, NFL quality-route tree, Possession WR that can be viewed as a threat to defenses.
These are just a couple
reasons why I'm really hoping Belichick does a good job targeting at least 1 of these 2 positions in the upcoming Draft... Personally, This team has several needs, and I'm hoping either a starting 3-4 DE (because they're gone by RD 2), or better, a pass-rushing weakside OLB (because You ge NOWHERE without pressuring the QB in the NFL) WILL be Criteria A#1...
BUT next in line has GOT to IMO be a very good TE or #2 WR: I like Eric Decker out of Minnesotta
(sure handed, fearless, NFL route trees) with The First of N.E.'s RD 2 Selections (because Brandon LaFell, and probably Dez Bryant will be gone by then), OR Dennis Pitta out of BYU
(because Jermaine Gresham will be gone, BUT Pitta is 6'5-6'6, 4.66 40, hard-worker and leads ALL Div 1 TEs in yards/scoring).