Re: stephen a. smith::
posted at 12/14/2012 6:36 PM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
one thing i do agree with stephen A about is that if you can get pressure on brady without having to blitz, then it makes it alot tougher on him. but the same can be said about any qb....if you have to blitz to get pressure on brady, he will absolutely tear you apart by finding the mismatches. the reason the 49ers and giants can and in the giants case, have had success against brady, is because their d-line is so good that they can generate a great pass rush without having to blitz. this makes brady have to force the ball into tight windows and often means incompletions or interceptions, and alot of times, sacks. one reason i think the pats would be better off this year against the 49ers or giants is because of their running game. last year and in previous years, their running game wasnt nearly as much of a threat as it is now. so now that the pats have a successful running game, it makes it harder on the opposing teams to just key in on brady and the passing game. this also opens up the play-action, which we say monday night on that 37 yard td pass to brandon lloyd. it seems teams like the giants and 9ers may have the blueprint to beat the pats, but maybe the pats have found the blueprint to be successful against those type of teams.
That's why establishing some variation of a run game is vital and why it's mindboggling that Brady's virtual lovers here, don't want Brady upright for 4 qtrs. The best way to accomplish that is to keep Brady under center as much as possible and to make sure you establish a run, while not ignoring it over large chunks of the game.
SF will win this game if we fail on the above.
It's why no one took my wager last week. It's unlikely SF will be blown off the field early like Houston as last week, so run at the edges. Run at Aldon Smith, hit designed checked downs to the backs off playaction, etc.
Keep their rushers on their heels more than they'd like, because they prefer to rush almost exclusively. Their LBs are a different story, but I also think Welker and Herandez are two interior route runners that Willis and Bowman have never seen before at the same time before either.
Lloyd and maybe even Branch can help simply by our offense establishing a run to get to playaction, at least by the 3rd qtr.
What's mindboggeling is that you don't know that the best way to keep TB upright is the Shotgun spread.
You might want to check out last weeks play by play as by my calculation TB was in the shotgun 52% of the time(36 out of 69 snaps) and that out of their 33 runs, 42% (14 of 33) were in the 4th qtr. In case you can't do the math and I'm sure that's the case, that left 19 runs for the other 3 qtrs. 4 runs were out of SG.
Now what were you saying about TB needing to be under center most of the time again?
You do understand that different games, different situations, different defenses, determine that, RIGHT?
One can only hope.