Re: Who's afraid Now?
posted at 9/15/2010 12:42 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Who's afraid Now?
[QUOTE]They will go as far as their D takes them.
Posted by nhsteven[/QUOTE]
I'm a very optimistic fan and think they'll have a good/great season, I'm just calling out what I can only hope is not thier fatal flaw.
I think the Off running game and stopping the run on D (i.e. the lines) will end up determining how far this team can go.
History has shown a serviceable D will do OK to win (look it up), and I definitely think their D will be serviceable at worst (maybe much better??)
There is also no doubt in anybody's mind anymore this team can/should score points.
What happens when it gets cold?
We have great short options for sure (wes, faulk, edelman, gronk, hernandez, etc) but we'll need to run the ball at some point.
Need proof, look at our team in '07.
Blew everyone out, but when it got colder/windier we didn't look nearly as good because it's harder to move the ball and we choked like (dare I say it...) the Colts.
(note: ya, I know we got there and the Super Bowl was warm weather, but the physicality of the playoffs is similar to the "cold weather" type of games).
Point being, I just want to see this team physically dominate a team at some point before the playoffs because ultimately I think that's what it may come down to in January.
We suffered from our OWN type of home field advantage at times lately because of the offense we ran and apparently not enough talent on D.
Now, I think the overall talent of the D right now will end up OK and of course we need to keep a team like, oh...the Ravens for running up the gut for 250 but they should be very competitive.
However, we blew too many games last season / ' 07 Super Bowl because the offense couldn't get the key 3rd down/close in the redzone/kill the clock which ultimately win games....(nor could we bring down the QB when he is in our grasp, catch the interception that went right through our hands which would have iced it or find a way to disrupt a guy that caught a ball with his helmet...oh crap, I'm not bitter at all).
Like I said, I'm optimistic about THIS team but this "Colts curse" (for lack of better words) is my only concern.