Re: The Pats are failing, and few want to look at the main reason!!
posted at 11/4/2011 3:54 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The Pats are failing, and few want to look at the main reason!!
Great stuff. Agree about the shift in the offense . Its frustrating. It's why they lost in buffalo. 4th qtr up 7, Brady throws a pick on 1st down from bills 23. Was I the only one yelling at the TV , RUN THE BALL!...? Bradys taking shots...kick the FG ! This was one of the worst losses because it's so stupid \greedy\ away from the SB years OC philosophy. Do you need a Charlie Weis type with experience to recognize this ...? Then you have the 2007 season... Don't forget about spygate. The haters were saying the offense benefitted from the taping. Every blowout that year BB and the pats were saying "tape? Where's the tape? We can crush you anyway... The tape was irrelevant " . The sad part is that it should have made it go away but the seed was planted. The fines were ridiculous and to this day we still hear the idiots calling us cheaters. Back to the offense . This is when the real shift occurred since the chip on BB s shoulder was so huge , the whole thinking of the team changed: Win by outscoring ...etc. It almost appears that he considers the defense irrelevant or second class . 4th and 2....? Hopefully the buffalo game was a wake up call.
Posted by coolade2
Coolade2, you got it. I knew from 2nd game in 07 for sure when we played the Bills that this fiasco of an offense was not going to work winning by 35-0 at halftime. I got so much grief every where I went for saying that. And more important that it would never translate into the playoffs. Moss was a soft receiver and can't do it in the biggest of games and he faded as the season went by, but what really effected the team was it dulled Brady's magic by always winning huge. He thrived in tough close games, playing to the score which kept the whole team in the game emotionally and physically, and he had so much of Montana in him, his idol being brought up 10 minutes from Candlstick Park, obviously . They ran the ball even when it wasn't working well, where today they run it more for effect, and the leagues defenses know that they will rarely stick to it, yet when they do, the team plays better as a "team" on both sides of the ball.
Brady looks dejected a lot when the Pats are behind. I really believed it took away his true late game winning instinct, which is knowing how to win the close games which is the most important quality in a winner; not winning by 40. When you are always up by 40, you tend to forget what to do when the game gets close down the stretch and you are in a huge hard hitting battle. Our lines, especially the offensive forget how to hit hard and open up the holes, or stop the blitz because they never have to worry about either, being up by so much; hence the huge pressure the O line received in the SB by the Giants front 4.
In the end it is the philosophy that has stopped the Pats since 07 began, and the lack of a winning instinct when it really matters, and that is at the end of games, and not in the first quarter. It's easy when you get up by 21 points early, but what if it doesn't work and you are so use to your instincts beating the team early in the game? They are use to working at only one part of the game, where if you are a team that is always ready to pounce when it truly matters, you will win when it really matters, like at the end of games and in the biggest of games.
One of the main things that happens to a cellar dweller that has been at the bottom of the league for a while is they have a season or part of the season where all or most of the games are close, yet they can't seem to win them. Losing these close games are huge, and if they realize they are close as a team to winning then and hang in there, they all of a sudden start to win those close games, and you finally have arrived competing for the playoffs and maybe more. You have to play as a team for most or all of the games to win close games or at least be ready to play at he very end, and the great attitude develops and evolves, you become a winner, but like the 07 - present Pats, when you are living high on the hog, winning by huge scores, like all empires that get lazy and greedy, they will definitely fall, and the empire is dying, trying to rebuild, holding its own. They only dominate in the little battles, and are no longer a threat to keeping a strong well oiled empire (winning SBs). But the philosophy that made the empire great has fallen, and until this team finds the right philosophy like:
1. Playing the whole game 2. Beating the other team in the trenches, breaking the will of the other team more than by how much you win by 3. If you don't play the whole game, make sure you save your best for last, and not just in the first period 4. Keep everyone hungry, wanting to get better, not concerned with stats: 19-0, 55 TD passes, 23 TD receptions, and MVP awards based on stats (Brady now) when the true value of an MVP is being the winner of the biggest games, and always keeping his team in the game because of his intangibles, showing them that if they have a chance to win a close game, especially the biggest of games, his will to win will give the team the best chance to win that game at the end, and when he shows them he can win those games, the team will always be there for him, which in the SB era they were, and Brady brought them to the promised land 3 times, 2 of them in the last second.