Re: This defense better get better...
posted at 9/21/2011 6:27 PM EDT
In Response to Re: This defense better get better...
[QUOTE]The sky is falling...the sky is falling!! Oh wait a second.....we are 2-0.....and just held one of the best offenses in the NFL to 21 points. And we just scored 35.....ummm yeah.....we are DOOMED!!! Are these people going to be suicidal if we lose a game this year?
Posted by tanbass[/QUOTE]
So we're damned if we're too optimistic too early and damned if we're too concerned despite the wins! Yes, we've also been lectured that stats don't tell the whole story and been lulled to sleep by references that all the good teams are also struggling. And those that want to continue drinking cool-aid might even suggest that other teams are also not concerned as long as they're winning.
So it remains among those identified as trolls or
idiots (and not diehard Patriot fans) to point out the obvious. Stats don't tell the whole story but they also shouldn't be too easily dismissed. Especially if they begin identifying trends, which do matter!
Trends identify a team's vulnerabilities and simplify game planning. BB tries to conceal areas of weakness by altering game plans and our opponents try to capitalize on our vulnerabilities. The lack of a pass rush, for instance, may increase the number of blitzes. Everyone knows that Brady's effectiveness drops when pressured (true for all quarterbacks). Our past failures to execute, when part of a trend, form an opponents strategy! So,stats may be quite revealing!
The concept of bend but don't break
acknowledges that our secondary is a vulnerable area. Our opponents success on third down conversions also suggests an inability to disrupt a passer's rhythm and this focuses on the defensive line. Should these trends continue the SB outlook dims.
I started as a Patriot fan in the early '70s and stayed with them through many disappointing seasons. Late comers as fans should not presume that all negative input and concerns come from idiots and trolls. History has a way of repeating itself and trends that go neglected eventually prove telling, both positive and negative.