Re: what is the running game over past 11 years?
posted at 3/24/2012 9:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: what is the running game over past 11 years?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: what is the running game over past 11 years? : Absolutely wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. This is misinformation. Teams don't go into nickel and dime based on tendencies.... this really IS football 101. They go into nickel and dime to match personell, aka, to cover the "Y" reciever or TE. You want less nickel and dime ... use two runningbacks and take Welker or Hernandez off the field . Running more often will NOT make someone send an extra LBer out there and leave Wes Welker uncovered. Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE] You are trying to tell me that in order to counter the 5-6 DB defensive sets that we need to "take Welker or Hernandez off the field" and have TWO RB's in the game? Ok Z. No agenda there hey mate? How about We have a power back in the game with Branch,WW,Gronk and Hernandez, then when DC's send out 5-6 DB's AS THEY DID ALL SEASON we run the ball down their throats? Tell me why that would not work? Becuase it did work whenever we used it.
Posted by TrueChamp[/QUOTE]
No not all.
Don't say things I didn't say.
You , and the other poster above, make it seem like teams go into nickel/dime etc because they are expecting passes.
They aren't. They go into nickel and dime because NE has brought on an extra WR/TEh ... aka, adding a "Y." You need an extra cornerback or safety to defend the "Y" player.
I'm not saying "counter it" by taking a payer off the field, I'm explaining that if you think teams are "selling out" by going inot nickel you are missing something.
If a FB is on the field, it is EQUALLY difficult to run with a power rb or whatever else, because the defense will adjust by bringing in another LBer who can shed the block of a FB.
Likewise, a power runner heading into a nickel doesn't have "an easier time" because he only has a WR blocking in front of him, and all things being equal a CB can shed the block of a WR with the same facility that a LBer can shed the block of a FB.
Football formations scale themselves to the other front ... get it?
As far as your suggestion that running "never fails" ... well, it's patently false. In any game, any game, this season, I can show you a couple instances where running was unsuccessful against a nickel front.
Nothing works 100% of the time in football.
Furthermore, if it were true ...then I think the people in the FO would be smart enough to notice this 100% trend and capitalize on it.
I could just as easily say, everytime NE went into hurry-up they scored points, therefore NE should go no-huddle full time next season, and I would be just as correct (probably more so based on the actual frequency of scores) as you.
The reality is, that despite what you are saying NE was actually BAD at power running last season. They couldn't do it when they needed to.
I would like to see them improve at that as much as anyone, but I don't pretend they are 100% at something that they are actually quite poor at.