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Kind of a dumb retort that ignores the obvious facts in my post. I am simply reporting the mistake using the nine years of history to prove it. Sorry if the truth upsets you.
I'm not saying that the team hasn't had some success. Winning superbowls is a pretty high standard... but the fact is that this coaching staff has failed in all those big games where the prior staff didn't. This is hard to quantify and measure but you know it when you see it. The Patiots became the predictable ones rather than the other way around. The other coaches made the right moves not the patriots. The other teams made the right adjustments , had the answers. Oh well ... better win this week.
As I read it, you have two points:
"The trouble is Belichick is too linear to be a good playcaller. H'es too straight, too mechanical."
I don't really know what you're trying to get at here. Give an example of linear, mechanical play calling and some examples of non-mechanical, non-linear playcalling to help.
Your second point is really just an opinion or assertion that the new coordinators are worse than the old. But there's nothing to back that up in terms of actual examples of mis-called plays. So it's just an assertion backed with nothing. Sure you can point to recent playoff losses, but there are many possible reasons for those other than playcalling. (Missing Gronk may explain a lot.) You've got to show a connection between play calling and the loss before you have an argument.
OK... One example is a simple play like a reverse. Patriots have not run reverses this year. They have a slot end around play that has had success but both Edelman and Amendola were injured with concussions running this play recently which is kind of freaky.
POint is it is a play that tries to spring a fast guy into open field but requires some surprise and good timing to execute and get big yards. We saw Cleveland run it and spring Josh Gordon against the Patriots. Belichick doesn't run it . Why not? He's too straight.
Second point is easier. Charlie WEis won 3 suprbowls with brady when he was just a quasi-rookie. You think Mcdaniels could have pulled that off...? Are you denying that Weis' experience calling plays was in integral part in these titles...? Conversely the lack of big game wins points directly at the playcalling in the critical momnts of the games. The most dominant team ever 2007 (18-0) could only muster 14 points. why ? because the defense knew what they were going to do . there was no game plan adjustment, the offense gagged and MCD had no answer. FAIL. vs win SB. Pretty simple.
The Pats defense had more to do with those super bowl wins than Weis did. Give McDaniels or O'Brien those defenses in their prime the Pats have 2 more super bowl wins minimum, probably another one last year. The Pats offense wasn't great in 2001 and 2003 but the defense was great, especially when it mattered.