Re: This isn't balance.
posted at 10/6/2012 2:36 PM EDT
In response to GO47's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Some of us are old enough--and have been following the team long enough--to remember the many decades when a Super Bowl appearance (or even just a playoff appearance) was something rare and special. Maybe that's why don't whine as much as the spoiled and self-entitled young 'uns who seem to think that the Pats should win the Super Bowl every year and, when they don't, want to criticize the coaches for not running enough, not reverting to a 3-4 defense, not blitzing enough, not reining Brady in, not benching Woodhead, not playing Ocho, not featuring BJGE, etc., etc.
On all of them, we wish a pox of Rod Rust.
It's not that they expect a SB every year that is so comical. It's that they think they know the game better than BB. Hell, they don't even know the game as well as other fans.
I couldn't agree with you more and this is why I like quoting and posting what BB has to say about the game. He's been around football more than all of us put together. So us old guys and the young fans alike can learn a lot from someone like BB. If he says it's good for the team to be more balanced on offense then who are we to argue?
I do think he's always one step ahead of the league at times but he doesn't always have the right pieces to pull it off. As an example the two and three TE sets is something he's been trying to put together for years either through the draft or free agents. But he never found the right combination until resently. Now other teams have seen what the Patriots have done creating major match up problems for defenses and are trying to do the same.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall listening to him and Ernie Adams talk about football strategy.
Yes, without question BB likes balance when he can pull that off. He has been clear on that. Of course he has never said he wasn't balanced, but I'm sure he would like to have the run option be viable more consistently than it has in the past.
Obviously when you draft a guy like Maroney in the 1st only to boot him before the end of his rookie contract, limp along with Benny and then not even offer him a contract, plus spend not one but two pretty high picks on RBs - then you can't be too happy with the effectiveness of your ground game when you need it.
Hopefully BB likes what he has now more and with hopefully greater effectiveness he can us the run more in those tough situations where previously he couldn't buy a few yards with the run when it was sorely needed.