In response to wozzy's comment:
Way to really tell it like it isn't, after all the dancing you've done above you should be exhausted.
Play calling is a talent, creating mismatches is a talent.
Sure . . . I just think that O'Brien and McDaniels have that talent. I think it is pretty evident given all the great seasons the Pats have had since Weis left. It's not like all season they play high school teams. They win against very good opponents. They win in the playoffs. They just haven't gone all the way. And it's not because all of a sudden the rules of football change and the Pats coaching staff can't keep up. That's absurd, but it's basically your argument: football transforms into a completely different game in the playoffs. It doesn't.
We acknowledge the defense was entirely average and lacked "talent" whereas you would have us think the offense was great and only didn't score points because it was the defenses fault.
I think the offense wasn't talented enough either. Please, see my list of receivers--the one you keep ignoring. I've never said the offense played well.
The defense did it's job, it gave us a chance to win, the offense blew it by not scoring. You couldn't have asked an average collection of defensive talent to do anymore, the onus was on the amazing offense to win the game and they couldn't.
The defense did not do its job. I can't help it if you don't get that giving up long drives, half of which ended in points, is not good. But believe me, it's not. The offense didn't have the talent to win without Gronk. Seriously, Welker, Branch, BJGE, Ochocinco, Woodhead and the murderer were not an elite offense. Combine that with bad blocking and a stupid decision by Brady and you get bad talent and bad execution. There wasn't some way to coach yourself out of that, though. That's where you get it all wrong. You think handing the ball to BJGE more times would have changed the game. It would have--it would have meant more punts.
A maxim gets thrown around all too often that defense wins championships and while it's true, there have been offenses that won Super Bowls that were the most dominant side of the ball in the past, Mark Rypien's Redskins come to mind.
i call them like I see them, I don't judge an offense based on what they did in the past or the regular season.
You can't explain how the 49ers went from worst to first with entirely the same collection of talent, that's why this conversation is over. Coaching matters, play calling is most definitely a talent, The proof is three rings, all three of which were won with situational, high stress offensive execution, something that has obviously missing of late.
I never said coaching doesn't matter. My point is our coaching is good. You seem to think it isn't good enough to win. We disagree. Belichick is a brilliant coach--and his staff is good enough too.