Re: Are Brady's problems due to the loss of Koppen?
posted at 11/12/2011 1:04 PM EST
In Response to Re: Are Brady's problems due to the loss of Koppen?
[QUOTE]I think it's bunk. I think it's another excuse to try to deflect it away from Brady. When Connolly subbed in for Mankins last year, we saw no issues. We ran it, scored, etc. Moss was dealt prior to Week 5 and the team took off, running it in a Weis base. Connolly's been as good or better than Koppen, IMO. Koppen struggles against larger NTs and DTs, but Connolly destroyed Seymour/Kelly and Pettine's Jets D Line. Pettine should probably keep his mouth shut trying to tell NE what their issue with Brady. Run it down their throats and you'll see Brady look just fine on Sunday.
Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]
Russ, you're being absurd by blaming Brady for playcalling and interior line blocking as if those are his responsibilities
Having played center before, I can tell you for a fact that my backups weren't 1/10th as competent at making line calls and dishing out blocking assignments to my guards and this only comes from experience - my teammates knew I knew my stuff. Looking at the NFL landscape for backup centers, I'd say the same thing about almost every other NFL team - the Jets had their 3-game losing streak when Nick Mangold got injured.
Also, having played center before, I can tell you that it takes a solid 2-3 weeks before the C-QB exchange becomes more comfortable.
Furthermore, having played center both guard positions, and right tackle before, I can tell you for a fact that it takes around a month to develop solid continuity in pass protection because you simply cannnot know what the teammates next to you are going to do on an overload blitz or a stunt or a last-minute line shift on each play (the same problem that Bruschi points out that the secondary is having with their zone coverages with the constant turnover in the backend, most prominently on display against the Steelers and Heath Miller).
Yes, they're professionals and I'm sure they get drilled much more thoroughly than we did, but you're going far off the map here by blaming Brady as if he actually carried out the blocking assignments. On any competent line, the center is at least contributing to the line calls. I'd bet almost anything that Brady is forced to take on even more responsibility because Connolly is a mediocre lineman and not used to leading the line (thankfully with Waters and Mankins next to him)
But keep living in your stubborn world. Like I've said before, I respect the fervor, but you're going out of your way to stick to your stories when they don't hold water