Re: Why I love our chances in the playoffs...
posted at 12/21/2012 2:15 PM EST
Good, positive post.
1.) I *like* that they won't get a week off this time. Change it up. Stay in rhythm.
2.) I *like* that they've had to go without Gronk down the stretch.
a.) It has allowed Brady to get more reps in with Lloyd, who could be the first perimeter WR
to get 1000 yards in this offense since Moss, and the first since Terry Glenn before that.
b.) It has forced NE to play different packages, like the old-school McD/Weiss spread with
three true wideouts giving the whole offense reps in it.
3.) I *like* that NE has faced defensive injuries as well, getting different players experience at
4.) I *like* that all of their injured players are coming back a week/2 weeks before the playoffs,
so they can get a nice tune-up in.
5.) As has been explained, it does mean road games, but then it's better to get road playoff
experience. Half of these players have only *lost* on the road in the postseason.
6.) I *like* that they've taken a rare December loss, and actually played a bad, but potentially
humbling game down the stretch. For years they have made it look inevtiable that they
would win the big game. This time they might be even more focused.
If I'm coaching them, I'm trying to get Ridley back out there right away to get him into a groove of sorts. I want to keep running a bit more 3-4, they ran a lot with some really mixed results against SF, but it's nice to have options.
I'm bracing for playing in Denver, because drawing Cincy in round one pretty much assures that path. Unless Denver has a brainfart and drops a game vaulting NE to the #2 seed.