Re: Why is is ALWAYS Brady's fault because other players DO NOT make BIG PLAYS?
posted at 2/7/2012 2:19 PM EST
In Response to Re: Why is is ALWAYS Brady's fault because other players DO NOT make BIG PLAYS?
Brady's pass to Gronkowski was a percentage throw, so when people say it's "wrong" they're using hindsight, which is always a nice argument. From high school on up, you're taught often when you have 1 on 1 coverage down the field like that, with no option of help D, you take it. If you can get it on a non-DB, even better. You throw that 100% of the time, because odds are in favor of your guy being able to put a better play on the ball, let alone simply knock it down. Blackburn made a good play, simple as that. The throw was a low risk, high reward type.
Posted by buttgrundle
How do you determine that play to be a "percentage throw", whatever the heck THAT is???? I suggest you get facts straight and have a little knowledge of sports, especially football, before uttering such nonsense.
FACT #1: Undeniable, Gronk was NOT 100%, due to is bad ankle
FACT #2: As Gronk ran down the field, the Giants thought so much of his playmaking ability that they covered him with a linebacker (who, I may add, now is a long shot at best for any HOF considerations)
FACT #3: Brady UNDERTHROWS the ball, making a hobbled Gronk have to come back for it. (In case you either didn't see the play live, or watch the many replays, Grionk actually had LeB by a few steps. This stopped when he had to stop and come back for the ball.)
FACT #4: Because Gronk has to come back for the ball, he now had a defender (perviously mentioned LB) between him and the ball; little solid chance for getting the reception, outjumping the LB while having a bad ankle. (Did I mention Gronk had a bad ankle?)
FACT #5: The only way Gronk comes down with that ball is if he's able to outjump the LB. Hmmmm.... did I mention that he had a bad ankle? Ever try jumping high with one?
FACT #6: Unless Brady suffered from the "I Can Do Any And Everything I Want Because I'm Tom Brady!" Syndrome, he never should have thrown that ball where the defender could ever have a chance to touch it with a diving finger tip, let alone a cleaqr jump INT. Poor decision on Brady's behalf.
FACT #7: Low risk, high reward would have been throwing the ball deeper and giving Gronk a chance to catch it in stride or by making a great play on the ball (he's done that before). His "knocking down the ball" in this case is absurb. Yiou don't drag a LB 30+ yards downfield to knock down a potential INT.
FACT #8: We're not saying you don't make that pass. We're saying you throw it LONGER, giving only your receiver the opportunity to catch it. Plus, there's the pena,lty angle. What would you rather have? An offensive PI pn Gronk, or a PI on the LB, knowing he got beat and has to stop Gronk before he catches the pass?
No thanks for the education. Use it wisely.