Re: Why NE will win the Super Bowl next year...
posted at 1/24/2013 2:22 PM EST
In response to zeitgeist49's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
I have no confidence in Brady anymore. No lie. I don't. This was such a huge game for him to bounce back from last year's collapse in the SB, the bad AFC title game, etc.
He just didn't get it done. It's become a pattern now. He seems to think they can just walk in and win games because they're at home and because they're a higher seed.
It's just baffling as to where his head goes in the postseason.
Brady isn't the problem. The Pats offense is much easier to defend when they lack a deep threat. Especially against playoff teams. And BB hasn't been able to solve that problem the past 4 years. I find it interesting that no one on this board critiques the OL. Pats fans have traditionally over-rated the OL because of Brady. The OL has progressively been giving up more sacks and QB pressures the past few years. And that's with receivers running short routes for the most part. And in the playoffs the run game disappears because of a mediocre OL. And last but certainly not least, our D is soft. After Talib went down our D collapsed like a deck of cards. And that was predictable. With our midget DB's and inconsistent pass rush, the D will always be soft. I lost confidence in BB fielding a solid D years ago. Brady is still a top 3 QB. He just needs a legitimate deep threat and some decent pass protection.
So, the regular season All World offensive stats were, well, BUNK? Seems to me that the much heralded offense put up thes enumbers withiut a "deep threat", and didn't win a SB with one either (Moss, postseason '07).
The OL is what it is..... protect Brady, out up numbers, go All Pro. The offense lives with the pass. If you did your homework, you'd see that Brady was tied for 5th in the least times sacked this season (27). It's more glamorous than the run, especially with Brady at the helm. Still, the Pats finished #7 in the NFL in rushing. Why run it when you have HIM back there? They got enamoured by their passing game and let the running game die (only 6 attempts in the 2nd hald. Ah! But Brady again proved inefficient in getting the ball across the goal line. Any time Brady "has" to throw the ball 54 times, he well better complete more than 54% of his passes. This isn't happening. Welker dropped an easy one, but there were many more over and underthrown balls than drops. This time he did it the entire 2nd half, and not just in the 4th Qtr with a double digit lead. Sorry, but the OL was NOT the problem this season or Sunday (Brady wasn't sacked, and they averaged 3.9 YPC).
The DB? Yes, they are small and young. They have been gashed all season by any/all teams with a QB remotely referred to as capable. Even the "running" QB's beat them! Injuries? Everyone gets 'em. Save that excuse for when/if the team bus crashed on the way to a stadium. Talib leaving the game? He's good, but not good enuf to cover all Raven WR's at the same time. (Check the stats; Flacco spread the passes around.)
I beleve this most recent fiasco/disappointment was lost between the earholes.