What has happened to the screen plays?

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    What has happened to the screen plays?

    Pats use to have very effective screen plays against strong pass rushes and blitzs. I know Faulk is out but it seems to me it's still an effective play. Can anyone  explain why the Pats seldom use the screen now, when it used to be an important part of their offense ?
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    Well they were once the biggest screen offense in the NFL, so anything less than that would appear like we don't do it much. I'd have to say not having Vareen, Faulk or Woodhead out there effects it. I'd also say that we are a better pass blocking team now than we were when we were a huge screen type of team...the screen really keeps teams from just charging up field rushing you. They still do wide receiver sreens, I'd expect them to do it more once some of these third down backs get out there. A guy like Vareen could go 80 yards with his speed on a well executed screen, I don't know why we didn't see him yesterday.
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    NE used to carry a FB. That helps the screen game tremendously. 

    Many of their screens seemed to disappear when Faulk went down. He was the man at running those. 
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    The Patriots used to have an effective pass-blocking O-line, but not a real run-blocking line.  Screens were an acceptable alternative to running plays, as they kept the defense from blitzing too much.

    This year the Patriots have two experienced run-blocking tight ends on the field and Solder is getting up to speed also, not to neglect Logan Mankins and Vollmer.  Solder hits victims in the open field like crazy because he accelerates so well, and he was a pancaking specialist in college.  Gronk is an extra tackle on the line, and Hernandez at 245 pounds is much better than an extra wide receiver at blocking.  As a result Benny, Ridley and eventually Woody when he comes back have these gaping holes and are getting 6 or 7 yards downfield.  Who needs passing when the path to the endzone is paved?

    So the answer is that the Patriots have a balanced attack already.  The screen is a pass that can fail, versus a pass attack that doesn't fail these days and a running attack that doesn't fail.
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    Thanks for the responses and I agree with them ,but it did seem that early in the game when Brady was under pressure with pass rush a screen could have work decently and if it did it makes the guys in the box think a bit.
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    Honestly.... not sure we have the WR's to do it... Brach lost a step, and CB's and LB's play close on Welker.
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    Everone new we were gona throw the screens. sniffed them out pretty quickly..
     
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    Re: What has happened to the screen plays?

    We still have a pretty effective screen game that's where Woodhead comes into play and he was inactive due to injury...The screen play is tougher to execute when the other teams playing nickel because the smaller db's (safties) are tougher to block in space and can also pursue from the backside. Works much better against team that play a 4-3 that have ends that pin back thier ears and rush the qb...like the Colts and Giant's
     

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