Last season there was a running thread about the Patriot’s road woes, inefficiency on offense particularly in the 2nd half and since seemingly nothing has changed this season why don’t we revive the debate?
My point previously was that since Charlie Weis left we haven’t had a winning offensive game planner and in game manager to rival BB’s genius on defense. Sure we’ve had moments of offensive explosions (07’) but the Super Bowl loss to the Giants was a microcosm of the overall problems inherent with a unbalanced “pass first” attack and a degeneration of a philosophy based on the Earnhardt/Perkins offensive system used to great success by Parcell’s Giants and the championship Patriot’s teams.
Last season we were plagued by delay of game penalties after TV timeouts, predictable, unbalanced play calling and an overall lack of running game. The running plays consisted of a sweep and off tackle and the passing plays late in games revert to 5 step drops, 5 wide; which unless you’re playing from behind make no sense whatsoever.
For those that remember Tom Brady’s most successful (winning) years they were a “dink and dunk” offense predicated on screens, boot leg play action, throwing to backs and tight ends all paired with power running… like what the Jets beat us with last night. Protecting a rookie QB by giving him high percentage plays and misdirection, the last time I saw it done well in New England was when Josh McDaniel’s dusted off these old plays to protect Matt Cassall after Tommy went down, when Tommy returned it was back to the run and shoot.
People can say all they want about how “the league has changed” but it is a crock, the teams that are successful can still run the ball and when they can’t, throw screen passes and short passes over the middle to get the receivers involved. We do well for one quarter now because we script plays for the first quarter and after that it's in the hands of a novice to hold a lead.
The biggest loss the Patriots have endured over BB’s tenure was that of Charlie Weis and not any player, until BB admits that he cannot teach any assistant game time readiness, an overall knowledge of play calling and the playbook, instinct honed from experience and clock management, then the PAT’s season will end in the AFC championship game or sooner.
It’s ego to think you can do it alone or teach that which can only be taught over time, this is a win now league… hire an O coordinator and pay him what he's worth.