Re: The writing is on the wall, bringing early 2000s O back.
posted at 5/15/2014 1:11 PM EDT
In response to Pats7393's comment:
So bring on Moss and Welker in 2007 and turns into a down field O. Draft Gronk and AH in 2010 turns into a TE heavy O but between 2000 to 2006 it was big Oline, good defense ball control have Brady pick them apart by giving him enough time to go through his reads clean with RBs pounding the ball down their throats or Faulk catching those screens or passes to the flats.
Based on what we've seen this far in offseason including the draft all roads point to going back to what got them 3 SBs. As fans we used to beg for WRs when Moss was gone, now its TEs but if I'm right you don't need another Gronk. Remember the days of a 6th OL as a blocking TE? Or sending a LB (Vrable) in as a receiving TE on gimic plays?
So they have a 315lb wall at OC now and another mauler at OG drafted. The TEs seems they will roll with just 2 maybe 3 on the roster. One way to keep Gronk healthy, keep him in more blocking less over the middle with lots of small DBs going at his knees.
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.
Yes its a little late but I will take it. I think BB tried to get Brady to do too much for the last few years. He asked Brady to carry the team with a passing attack with only 2 weapons (Gronk/Welker) and when we tried to ground and pound it only worked vs the Bills but come postseason our line was Not opening any holes because outside of Mankins and Solder to a degree, they are all finesse, pass blocking types. So while I do like the guys drafted this year I would have liked that change to start a few years back when it was clear our D wasnt up to snuff and the weapons were lacking.
I think the conundrum was BB still wanted the pass game to be featured so he stayed with the pass blocking lineman when in reality after 2010, he probably should have shifted focus to a Run first team with Maulers and then once you establish the run, Brady can go off w/playaction and the line would do fine because A.) they started off pushing the D line and B.) they wouldnt be featuring the pass(35+ attempts) Weather or not your line is built to runblock or passblock ALL lineman enjoy Running First to Set the tone and get the D line tired so their rush is less effective when you DO pass.
So now, Im just hoping these changes will have a positive impact while TB is still here.