Re: The Pats will Run as much as their Defense allows
posted at 12/28/2013 5:14 PM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
No the Patriots will run as much the game plan allows...Under Belicheck the Patriots game plan always is based on the strength / weaknesses of the opponent.
In the SB years, that only applied to the D. They identified what the opposing O's strengths and weakenesses were and figured out a way to make it one dimensional.
The O under Weiss was based on doing what the opposing D least expected them to do.
That has changed a lot over the last 10 years. Back in the SB years, TB was an unknown. Nobody knew what his strengths are. Since then, the Pats has probably been the most studied team in the NFL. TB's true abilities are now well udnerstood. His tendencies, including his impatience every now and then, probably well charted.
Prolate mentioned that in the CLE game, TB got sacked in play action. That is actually a sure sign that the other team does not even bother defending the run, because they know the probability of TB will pass in that situation is upwards of 75%, regardless of the RB in the back.
In other words, the D does not even have to work to make the Pats one dimensional in critical stages of teh game. The Pats does it for them.
The big change that happened over the past few years, that should allow them to beat what Ds do to them, is the acquisititon of RBs who can actually make teams, who overfocus on the pass, pay dearly.
Excellent post. Very well said.
I know that this board is overflowing with posters who think the offensive play calling is inept, despite a top offense every year and 12 to 14 wins. But really, Cinncinati and Cleveland got their sacks by not defending the run? Guys these weren't coverage sacks. They were the result of aggressive attacks on the blockers at the LOS. They would have worked equally well against the run. The fact is, when they see Brady under center they know it's likely a run or a play action pass. Both can be stopped by LBs aggressively hitting the holes. That's what happened. The fact is, when play action works, the LBs freeze. When the LBs are aggressive, that can kill the run and kill the play action pass. What really is the problem in these games is the same problem we've had in Giants games. Aggressive defensive fronts give this team problems. It has nothing to do with the play calls.
Two of the plays below were stuffed runs (2 yards and no gain); two were play action passes that ended in sacks. Which were which?