Re: what is the running game over past 11 years?
posted at 3/23/2012 2:02 PM EDT
Stats from Pats's website
|Total||5125|| || || || ||11156||46%|
|average||466|| || || || ||1014||46%|
2008 was Brady injury
2004 was Corey Dillon. We ran it 5x less per game this year compared to that year
Overall we ran it 2x less per game in 2011 to the average over the 11 year period
2011 to 2004 is the largest disparity, understandable with a HOF RB
So I am trying to understand the "balance" argument? Is it changing to 5 more rushes per game in a passing league?
In 2011 on a play I have a 100% chance of 4 yards versus a 65% chance of 8.6 yards. What do I do?
If we are talking about situational rushing I think that is a whole other story focusing on the OC
OK guys have at itProvpats
What I see when I look at this is.....
When we have had a better balance we were more successful and usually went deeper in the playoffs(2007 withstanding although we know how well that pass heavy offense did in the most important game).01,03,04,06,all ended in afc championship births and 3 SB victories
. We were more difficult to defend against.2010 we went back to a balance and Brady threw 4 interceptions the entire season
. We were one of the most efficient offense's in NFL history but then went away from that balance in the playoff loss to the Jets as we gave our 1,000 yard 13 td back all of 9 carries for 43 yards.
2010 may have been Brady's best season and possibly one of the best seasons for a QB in NFL history. We ran as much as we passed and were unpredictable. You couldn't stop us, and we went 14-2. Actually our only 2 losses had the exact same ratio in pass to run att's. 36 pass to 20 runs in both losses....no balance.In 2011 we had 89 more plays from scrimmage but 105 more pass attempts???
, at 35 years old I do not think it wise to have Brady throw more then he ever has in his career...it is asking for injury!
Now to take it a step further....The Post season. If we do not have a well oiled run game(as in finely tuned) we falter in the playoffs when we are forced to run the ball by good defense's that play a pass heavy set. We struggle and then give up and turn to our crutch Tom Brady. It is unfair to Brady and makes our offense predictable.
Anyway I'm glad you brought this up as until this last season these stats show that we are most successful with a better balanced offense... Now lets trade for a quality veteran RB and help Tom Brady win another Sb as opposed to hoping he can do it all by himself.