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Baltimore's new defense is about to get manhandled by the Pats new offense. When baltimore is forced to adjust after too much WW,Rid and vareen Brady will hit Lloyd on a PA 40 yard td.
New England didn't run anything new. They essentially ran Woodhead's sets.
Mostly shotgun, mostly 2 TE. Vereen with 38 of the 66 snaps. Kicking him out wide as need be.
It's too late in the season to re-invent the wheel.
Vereen does, however, pose matchup problems that Woodhead does not. Specifically on off-tackle plays and split wide or on wheel routes.
That is something that Baltimore will need to pay attention to.
N.E lead the LG in rushing tds.
N.E was 2nd in the LG in rushing att's.
They were also #1 in passing attempts up from last year. They ran more plays than last season. Credit the hurry up ... which is basically counterituitive to the running game you seem to want given that it specifically does not slow the game down.
They run the ball out of a no huddle formation more then any team ever has before.
Interesting wrinkle. They ran more hurry up than any team in history before, it's why they increased their passing attempts and increased their rushing attempts.
N.E uses the shotgun offense less then ever before as Reiss shows below.
That isn't true. They used it slightly less than last year on average, but used it much more against the Texans.
N.E has an offensive CO. who in Tom Brady's words "makes adjustments better then anybody he's ever been around" We were 2nd in the LG in rushing att's despite only improving our rush yards per carry by .2 from last year.
A .2 ypc is a big swing. Especially when you factor that most of that was the lead back, who was far, far more productive, and made the bulk of those carries having a .5 ypc advantage over his predecessor. The .2 figure, all told, tells you more about Woodhead having an off season.
Funny, that you don't see this as a compelling factor to run a little more. But again, takes all kinds.
You might think our offense is the same we had under Obrien, but you would be wrong.
No. You are kind of wrong man. It's still more or less a slightly pass oriented PA 2TE attack that relies on flexing the RB out. to score. What they were much better at is running late in games, which BJGE couldn't do for squat, but I digress. The changes you are pointing out are miniscule and really don't mean much. I could understand if they decreased their passing to running by something like 8 or 9 percent, which would be a statistically significant change and indicitive of volition.
Brady added that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' ability to excel when the team has had to adjust this season gives him confidence.
"That's what Josh does better than anybody else that I've been around; his ability to adjust like he's done all season," he said.
This has no pertinence to the conversation. Brady said lots of great things about Obrien too. I don't know why you included it.
9:00 AM ET By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
One statistic that was charted over the course of the 16-game season was how often the Patriots had quarterback Tom Brady in the shotgun.
The idea for keeping the statistic was sparked after the season opener against the Titans when Brady was in the 'gun just 13 times. That was the first sign of a shift of sorts from what we've seen in recent years from the Patriots, and the feeling here is that it's tied to a greater focus on balance between the run and pass.
On the season, when including penalties, the Patriots were in the shotgun 47.1 percent of the time (585 of 1,240, including penalties). That is a lower percentage than the norm and reflects, from this view, a commitment to the running game that hasn't been as consistent in the past.
Usage of the shotgun
vs. Dolphins: 31 of 80 (3 runs, 26 passes, 2 pre-snap penalties)
at Jaguars: 36 of 73 (4 runs, 32 passes)
vs. 49ers: 59 of 96 (5 runs, 54 passes)
vs. Texans: 31 of 73 (4 runs, 27 passes)
at Dolphins: 35 of 79 (3 runs, 32 passes)
at Jets: 20 of 68 (2 runs, 16 passes, 2 Jets pre-snap penalties)
vs. Colts: 21 of 61 (0 runs, 21 passes)
vs. Bills: 38 of 72 (6 runs, 32 passes)
at Rams: 36 of 69 (4 runs, 32 passes)
vs. Jets: 42 of 80 (6 runs, 36 passes)
at Seahawks: 60 of 87 (7 runs, 52 passes, 1 false start)
vs. Broncos: 45 of 94 (7 runs, 37 passes, 1 false start)
at Bills: 30 of 77 (6 runs, 24 passes)
at Ravens: 41 of 82 (6 runs, 34 passes, 1 fumbled snap)
vs. Cardinals: 47 of 82 (9 runs, 38 passes[/QUOTE]
Not really sure what shotgun has to do with balance. You can run out of shotgun very easily. In fact, NE is adept at it.
Kind of like yesterday when they passed 40 times? To just 17 runs through 3 quarters? And were in shotgun 65% of the game?
The change in running was miniscule. What 3%? Sooo, 4 more carries per game? Add in the 2 more passes per game, and the overall balance is pretty much identical.
And I'm still completely unable to fathom how you see an increased commitment to the run in this week's game. But ... umm... ok. Whatever floats your boat.
If 40 passes to 17 runs is a "balanced attack" against the Texans, but 32 passes to 28 runs in the losing effort against the Jets a few years back was "imbalanced,"then there is no point arguing with you, because by balanced you mean "they won" and by imbalanced you mean "they lost" and this is a just a deluded charade to prove to yourself that you are right about something that you are so obvisouly wrong about.