Re: what is the running game over past 11 years?
posted at 3/23/2012 12:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: what is the running game over past 11 years?
[QUOTE]well think of it another way...... 5 extra rushes per game could very well mean 2 to 3 minutes in TOP....if the Pats has 3 minutes more in TOP in the Super Bowl...what would the result have been? Not to mention the less tired defense that couldnt get to Manning in that last drive because they were worn out. A better running game DOES help a suspect Defense too
Posted by slicksteve38[/QUOTE]
TOP doesn't mean more time on the field, just more off the clock. Now, in order to get a lead the defense can defend, they need to score on ~50% of their possessions, all TDs. The margin for error on offense has basically eroded to nothing. If they have an off day, the team loses.
3 passes and a punt give the defense the exact same rest as 3 runs and a punt. More time is burned in the later, but the defense has the exact same amount of rest.
Really, two passing first downs with a couple incompletes and a punt could use the same time off the clock as three runs and a punt ... and give the defense more rest.
It comes down to possessions. Chances to score. The Patriots only had 8 usable posessions on offense. If anything, the hope is that the defense can get itself off the field, and get the ball back to offense. It's the stat that, according to Wilfork, they measure themselves by. Their job is the get the ball for the offense.
In the winning Superbowls, they were averaging about 12-13 usable posessions. Those extra four possessions come from 3 & out defensive stops and turnovers that are just missing.
The offense had a few possessions to throw away while getting the same score.
Again, running the ball more isn't going to "help" the defense be better. Better defensive players will.
Running more authoratively will help NE close out games, that is true. Just being able to come out, say "We are going to run it," and have the defense be powerless to stop them. They have not been able to do that in years though.
An elite RB could go miles toward improving that capacity.