In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
In response to pezz4pats's comment:
In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
In response to PATSthebest's comment:
Now we are a few days out from Sundays game. I've read hundreds of posts for and against, Brady, Welker, BB, Offense, Defense etc.. So after I've digested this I can only come with are we in it to win it, or just be real good?
So if everyone can agree BB is in charge I feel he should say to Mr. Kraft the following:
"Boss I run the team as coach, D coord, GM, I picked every coach, player, & ball boy. I have maybe the best QB of all time, but just can't seem to win the big one without that D I inherited 10+ years ago. With that said is being a really good team good enough?"
your post would be valid if the offense could actually score in the big postseason games....in their last 5 playoff losses the pats offense has scored 13, 17, 21, 14, and 14 respectively....now you're trying to tell me the defense has been the problem? the numbers dont lie.
Your post would be valid if you realized teams don't always score over 20 points.
Of course scoring More is better, but when you look at it, half the games in the NFL are under 20 points. That also means in all those games that are won with teams scoring under 20, the Defenses are responsible for that.
How on earth did the Ravens win 7-6, they only scored on one possession in the whole game?
Do you know that the Pats are 1/9 in games that they scores under 20 in the past 5 years?
The problem is NOT the scoring under 20, ALL teams (including the great ones) do it!
The problem is that it takes a Defense to win those games. You know, those guys on the other half of the TEAM!!! You know... those guys who have also LOST games when the O was scoring 30+ points.
So, what's more realistic? A team that always has to score more than the league average to win or a D that hold up their part of the bargain in more than 1 of 9 games, over the course of YEARS, when the O can't?
Stop saying the O has to score more to win when it's more likely that the D has to allow less to win.
right, so we should blame the defense that kept it a game throughout the game. a defense that also is full of young inexperienced players who played their hearts out to keep it a game. lets ignore the fact that our high caliber offense sheet the bed yet again in the playoffs. if brady and the offensive players are going to be paid as well as they are, they need to start playing like it in the playoffs. pats dont pay brady so much money to see him put up a pathetic 13 points against an aging ravens defense, and in foxboro no less. the defense did what they had done all season, keep it relatively low scoring and keep giving the pats offense a chance to score and put pressure on the other team. the ravens were very good at holding on to the ball, you would think that an away team would make more mistakes with the ball, but NOPE! the pats offense turned the ball over three times and it cost them. enough of the excuses for the offense, it is getting pathetic. brady is a great player, and he will be missed when he retires. but just blaming the defense for everything isnt going to change the fact that him and that offense have been flat out awful in every playoff game since 2007 that wasnt a divisional game.
Not ignoring the offense low scoring game. Yes, they could have done better.
But the fact is when you rely or have to rely on half a team to win, YOU LOSE!
The Pats D did not keep the game close unless you call allowing 21 points in the second half keepin it close.
AGAIN! no turn overs (their supposed strength) and no RZ stops (their only other strenth) means game over!
ALL TEAMS SCORE UNDER 21, That shouldn't mean an automatic loss. (not if the other half steps up ) They didn't in the SB's they didn't Sunday and they didn't for 8 of 9 RZ losses and they didn't for all losses when the O was putting up plenty of points.
Half can't beat whole. In the play-offs they generally play whole teams.
This is not a whole team and hasn't been for years!!!!!!
you're right, this is half a team. the offense has been M.I.A in big playoff games for awhile now.