Re: We are balanced.
posted at 2/22/2012 7:11 PM EST
If you look at the last Super Bowl on a drive-by-drive basis it's hard to make the claim that we were unbalanced, didn't establish the run, or didn't try to utlize Benny. Here's how Benny and Woody were utilized on each drive:
Drive 1. Single play, ending in safety. The one play was a play action pass, with Benny in the backfield.
Drive 2. Nine plays, ending in field goal. This drive featured Benny. Benny ran three times and caught one pass, so he got the ball on 4 of 9 plays. There was also a Welker run (reverse).
Drive 3. Three and out. Woodhead was the featured back on this drive. He ran once (on second down).
Drive 4. 14 plays for TD. This drive featured Woodhead as well. Woody ran 4 times and caught 4 passes.
Drive 5. 8 plays for TD. This drive used both backs. Benny caught a pass and ran twice. Woody ran once.
Drive 6. Three and out. Benny runs for 2 yards on first down.
Drive 7. Five plays, interception. Benny runs for 2 plays.
Drive 8. 11 plays, punt. Benny runs twice, Woody runs once and catches one pass. Another Welker reverse as well. This drive moved from the Pats' 8 to their 43, until Benny ran for -1 on first down, setting up the infamous Welker and Branch passes. This was actually the Pats longest drive, with TOP of 5:38.
Drive 9. Eight plays, all passes. With 57 seconds left, this had to be all passing. Nearly one-fifth of Brady's passes were on this drive. Take away this drive and the run-pass balance looks a lot closer to the normal 40-60 ratio.
Champ keeps throwing out that statistic about run-pass ratio over two Super Bowls, but it's meaningless. You need to look at what actually happened in the game--and when you look at the last game we were pretty balanced up to the last drive. Yeah, a last minute desperation drive that is all passes will skew the statistics. But on a drive-by-drive basis, the Pats utilized the backs quite a bit in this year's Super Bowl.