Re: The writing is on the wall, bringing early 2000s O back.
posted at 5/15/2014 9:28 PM EDT
"So an OL with Solder, Mankins, Stork, Halapio, Voll with either Gronk or a decent blocker in Hoo it turns into a hole opening RB dream type game. So the evolution of Pats O continues IMO, except; we've seen it before."
...And the OP amongst others, make some very interesting points- Probably A#1 being: This could very well BE, the least "deficient" roster that the Patriots have ever had, In any given year. THAT is BB's mainstay, NO enormous strengths...yet zero weaknesses. The Roster is so at least B+ pure & pure deep positionally, And on both sides of the ball.
O- That'll be a BIG Offense with that line... Now you add in WRs in Lafell & Edelman/Amendola & Thompkins/Dobson...and that looks like a better & deeper scenario of Branch + Brown + Givens. Add in Gronk & Hoom and THAT too, is a better scenario of Graham + idk-the smaller white guy we had from the 'fins (lol). Add in Ridley/Bolden + Vareen/James White & at least the 1st 1 is better than Antwain Smith + Faulk...and placed together, probably so given Stevan Ridley. And that O-Line with Solder/Mankins/Stork/Halapio/Voll + Cannon/Connoly/Fleming/Kline/Wendell...is pretty darn Big to start, then deep...pretty young overall yet either experienced & skilled, or just young & big with potential for good solid talent. I hope for 1 thing...1 thing- That Belichick's decision to not get a complimentary big-back to Ridley, means just this: That he WILL use him and give him the carries of a #1 RB (unless NE picks up a big vet back after cuts). THAT is key to me actually believing that we'll go back to ball-control, and when they crowd a bit forward, Brady will cut'em up with LaFell/Edelman & Thompkins/Dobson + Gronk in the intermediate game.
I MUST believe that we won't be a 1 dimensional O any longer...
The D is sooo deep and solid too. The skill & pure above average depth on that DL is fantastic. Players NE cuts on the DL, WILL find a roster spot somewhere else: Armstead, Bequette, Buchanon, C Jones, Nink, Wilfork, Easley, Forston, Kelly, Siliga, Vellano, & Moore=12 guys with only 4 on the field at once. LB ain't deep, but skilled- Collins, Mayo & Hightower. And the Secondary's just a freakshow with DMC, Revis, Browner, Dennard, Arrington & Logan Ryan...Ebner/Wilson/Chung/Harmon & new guy Jemea Thomas. Gotta think that this will be an attacking, straight in your face Defense...they got the skill and depth to go go all at 'em up front, and the skill and depth to push 'em around and have them runaround til they run outta gas with NE's Secondary.
Must, must, must believe that BB won't make this a big OL up front...then place a smaller back in their for eye-candy and essentially shotgun draw plays, and then just attempt to LOOK big to try to fool them, yet just try to get them with quick strike intermediate passing all day long with- LaFell, Gronk, Edelman, Dobson/Thompkins. It'll work...but it'll actually win us the SB IF we dedicate to looking big, And then running big AND slicing them up with what could be a nasty intermediate pass threat IF we don't go 1 dimensional and try to live and die just off of that alone.
...Gotta believe BB finally knows & remembers what DID keep NE totally "deficient-less" on O and D so that no team could game plan for us when we won SBs (because they over-favored nothing). The roster sure appears as if he sees this=No extreme specialties of over-favored strengths...Instead/Rather=ZERO Weaknesses.