Re: The enemy must fear the run for us to be balanced.
posted at 1/15/2014 2:53 PM EST
This is perfect. I challenge anyone to go look at the play by play chart in the jets 2010 playoff game that the writer refers to, or the ravens afc game from 2011, or the gints 2 weeks later.
Against the Jets we come out passing everywhere with a few woodhead draws that didnt work, Brady sacks etc.... We power run BJGE for 36 yards on 6 carries.....by my math that is 5.8 ypc. Perhaps we should have played smash mouth more then 5 times since we put up 3 points and all by passing 18 times to 5 power runs. Oh , but Im sure my friends Z, Babe and Prolate(anyone seen my amigo prolate lately?) Will come on this thread and say we were balanced because we ran wood for 6 carries for 18 yards.
Looks like the lead power back ran very productively out of power run sets. I wonder what would have happened if we used him more?
Maybe it was just a fluke performance by the lead power back. Lets look at Pats Ravens 2011 afc championship game.
1st half BJGE 8 carries for 50 YARDS? What? 6.2 ypc, the only td drive of the half was when we opened up the 2nd qtr and our power back went for 13, 11, then woodhead draw for 2, a few passes, and then finished the drive with our power back going 3 straight carries for 12 yards and our lone TD!
Great 1st half production from our power running game.
Probably a mistake, lets look at the next game the 2011 SB.
Power back had a whopping FOUR carries for 14 yards, a paltry 3.5 ypc....ohhh this must be why we were one dimensional, wait but the power back finished with 10 carries for 44 yards. 6 carries for 30 yards in 2nd half? Good thing we only ran him 10 times!
Look the whole world is waking up to the fact that our offense is a better, more efficient offense when we utilize a power smash mouth run game. NO, that doesn't mean we have to run all the time, it means play complimentary balanced football that helps Brady and does not hurt him.
Now we have a few guys who have passionately argued that our offense has been "just fine" despite the finesse pass heavy approach that lead to 15.5 ppg scored in our last 5 post season exits, and they are up in arms, trying to blow BB's words out of proportion in order to support their ill informed agenda.
Do I blame BB for the offensive philosophical woes from 07 SB till 2011 post season exit....yes, I blame him, mcd, obrien, Brady, Kraft, the water boy, the sun moon and stars, and J.C himself if they were all responsible, because as we are once again witnessing, like we did in our 3 SB dynasty years, this team plays better when they allow their offensive line to attack and win battles, play balanced, use power running, quick passing, SG passing, SG draws, screens, reverses, check downs to obscure seldom used players like a FB, or 3rd string TE! Hit the open guy, give different looks, multi faceted, variety play calls....
Anyway, Brady will play his best post season game since 2004 on Sunday. He won't face 90% nickel defense like the author notes, the D will play honest, and we will see vintage Tom Brady because of it.
Btw, nice post babe.