In response to JintsFan's comment:
In response to DelGriffith's comment:
Right, of course the shotgun but we were running 60+ shotgun spreads last year at one point during his crappy stretch. This was what the discussion centered around.
Look, I am just glad McDaniels is back, they did what they did yesterday, etc, so we can have more proof that the way they played on offense in the second half, is EXACLT Y what some of us were looking for all year last year and in the SB. That is, generally speaking, how they need to run that offense. Obviosuly, the two fumbles and FG Misses altered our ability to the offense working well, but it was in terms of this discussion.
When I suggest not to sub the skill set of the RBs in and out (meaning Ridley and Bolden are essentially the same kind of player, whicle Vareen and Woodhead are similar), BB and O'Brien would put Woodhead into those packages too much. They actually did it too much in the Arizona and Balt games (Balt was undertandable with their older middle defense unable to cover well consistently), but generally speaking we need Brady under center MOST of the time. Not just here and there or a little bit. The old Weis base offense is what will help this team win a SB. I am telling you right now. Bruschi's piece on ESPN hints at that as well. He gives a tip of the cap to McDaniels. No doubt. If McDaniels panics and starts going shotgun spread too early, we may have lost that game. Would have been understandable playing from behind, but it's great to see him NOT do it. It proves what many of us have been saying here.
Just look at the Week 1 and yesterday. People want to say Titans and Bills Ds aren't good, but it's not so much that, but look at how Brady ran the offense. Superb. ALl these suggestions we've made here actually are meant to help keep Brady upright and help him for cyring out loud.
It's nice to see them put the trust in Ridley and Bolden. To me, that's the most exciting part of yesterday's game.
Ideally, I want it like this:
1. Ridley 75%/Bolden 25% sort of like a full back/rb type situation/goal line as well, etc. Give Ridley breathers, rest, etc, but use Bolden like you would Ridley.
2. Woodhead 25%/Vereen25% (Obviosly Vereen is the investment of the future so bleed him into gameplans now to).
It appeared like McDaniels was trying to follow this kind of formula and look at the payoff.
Teams get overwhelmed and then the Pats offense ends up running with it. Happens usually agaisnt flawed Ds, but we've also seen it when the Weis kind of a base be used against good Ds and score 35+ pts, etc.
yes and when Pats face tough, physical D's that can rush the passer they wilt
Would you characterize the SB as the Pats "wilting"? It was kind of close eh?, despite Brady's greatest weapon being hobbled. Be fair.