Re: Time to Use the Sledgehammer (Bolden) against sf and houston's tough defenses
posted at 12/5/2012 6:29 PM EST
In response to zbellino's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Foster is a bum. He averages 3.9 ypc behind what is widley accepted to be a top 3 O-line in football year after year(Shanny and Kubiaks zone blocking scheme). We should only be worried if they feed him the ball 30 times.....oh, they do feed him the ball 30 times. Damn.
Heck that doesn't matter much, the run game is over rated and will have no impact on Houstons ability to stay on the field. I mean if their lead back can't get to 4 ypc then they shouldn't be running him this many times. He has nothing to do with them being the 2nd best offense in the game right now, and the 4rth fewest turnovers in the game.
Maybe we should run Ridley 30 times on Monday night? But only if its working right off the bat, otherwise we should just throw the heck out of the ball.
See. You misunderstand the whole nature of running. Coaches don't fix an arbitrary number of runs man.
If they aren't running the ball becaue it isn't working on first down, they are doing it because they are in tons of 3rd and longs.
Not because they "give up".
Playcalling is situation specific ... you don't run running backs when you are down 10 points with 2 mintues to go, and you don't call for a sweep play on 3rd and 9.
NE needs to run the ball effectively to run the ball more often .... like any other team in football.
I understand that we probably would have lost this game on Sunday if we did not start pounding the rock for the 7 minute 16 play drive. If this was last season, or the season before, or the season before, we would have continued to pass against a defense that was obviously dedicated to limiting it, and continued to put our defense in a tough situation. Due to our new found "commitment" to the run we were able to break the Fins will by running it down their throats despite them being a tough run D.
As Reiss continues to show below we realized the error of our ways and have dedicated our selves to running more.
In order to run more effectively, you must first try to run period. Talent needs opportunity.
On the season, when including penalties, the Patriots have been in the shotgun 46.6 percent of the time (428 of 918). That is a lower percentage than the norm and reflects, from this view, a commitment to the running game that hasn't been as consistent in the past. It paid off on the final drive against the Dolphins.
Brady & the shotgun tracker
December, 5, 2012
Dec 5 9:00 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
Continuing to monitor the trend of Brady and the shotgun snap -- which has been utilized less this season than past years -- let's update the numbers after Sunday's win over the Dolphins:
Usage of the shotgun
35 of 79 (3 runs, 32 passes)
20 of 68 (2 runs, 16 passes, 2 Jets pre-snap penalties)
21 of 61 (0 runs, 21 passes)
38 of 72 (6 runs, 32 passes)
36 of 69 (4 runs, 32 passes)
42 of 80 (6 runs, 36 passes)
60 of 87 (7 runs, 52 passes, 1 false start)
45 of 94 (7 runs, 37 passes, 1 false start)
30 of 77 (6 runs, 24 passes)
41 of 82 (6 runs, 34 passes, 1 fumbled snap)
47 of 82 (9 runs, 38 passes)
13 of 67 (0 runs, 13 passes)