Re: Belichick switch back to a 3 man front!
posted at 9/29/2012 8:57 PM EDT
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Wow, I'm surprised at how many fans think Belichick doesn't know how to coach! Last year, the usual suspects were all over the coaches for not running enough and being too predictable on offense; now the criticism is spilling over to the defensive side of the ball.
Yeah, as I said, this defense is playing conservatively without a lot of stunting or exotic formations or blitzing. I'm not sure, though, that the talent or experience is really there to do these things yet. Give the young guys some time to learn and develop and we might get more of that. But even ignoring the inexperience, we still have some basic talent deficiencies. I just watched a whole bunch of coaches film from last year and this year focusing solely on Ninkovich to see his pass coverage ability (which Wozzy was touting as good above). Oddly, I didn't see him drop into coverage once on any of the film. Maybe he did in games I didn't watch--but in the games I watched, Nink rushes the passer on every single pass play. And on every one of those plays he gets absolutely no pressure and is easily handled by one blocker (often a TE, not even a tackle). That's a talent problem. The guy is slow, has no moves, and lacks power. He's only on the field because he usually holds the edge okay against the run (he's nothing special in pursuit, though--he's just not fast enough). You could try doing something more exotic with Nink--but personally, after watching the film I saw today (and granted it's only a sample--there may be better stuff out there), I don't think he's capable of exotic stuff. The speed just isn't there. What's noticeable is how much more talented Jones is than Nink. Problem is, teams are now doubling him and no one else is stepping up because no one else can. Even Wilfork (and I love the guy) is often getting driven back by just one blocker. Maybe one of the guys on the bench (Bequette, Scott) could provide some real aggression. But the guys on the field now--other than Jones--just aren't fast. You ain't gonna get a great pass rush out of slow guys no matter how you align them.
And so do you blitz a safety? Hmmmm . . . only if you think Arrington, McCourty, Chung, and Gregory are an elite defensive backfield. You guys think that? If so, I've got this bridge in Brooklyn . . .
I don't know where to begin.
Now Wilfork isn't talented enough in your opinion. I bet you were the self proclaimed scout n the stands back in 2001 correctly anicipating the HOF careers of guys like
Christian Fauria, Marc Edwards, Antowain Smith, Patrick Pass, JR Redmond, Jermaine Wiggins, Bobby Hamilton, Jarvis Green, DavePatton, Mike Compton,
Hey Prolate you need a star RT, have Greg Randall. Oh, not good enough, sub in Kenyatta Jones.
You say Mayo can't cover, throw in 38 year old Roman Phifer see what he did in coverage.
I remember a lot of these guys making plays in key situations, does that mean they were a superior talent? No. It means the "coaches" utilized their talent at the appropriate time. Tey were put in postion to succeed by a "talented" coaching staff.
Ozwald didn't act alone, and neither did Bill Belichick in the dynasty era.
He had an all star cast around him that he single handedly picked out. 2 GM's, 4 head coaches, and even a strength and conditioning coach with 6 SB championships. Ever heard the expression, "you are only as strong as your weakest link"?
BB does not coach the Pats by himself. Read "the education of a coach" or "The art of coaching" or "War Room" to get an idea of how important coaching is to the game of football. We have talent, it is not an issue, we are just having trouble utilizing that talent to get us over the hump.
Find me a team with more talent then we have at all postions. You can't. Each team has strengths and weakness, coaching is how well you can utilize the strengths and disguise the weakness.
I think BB, Patricia, Pepper, Scar and McD are talented enough coaches and will right the ship, it will just take a few games to iron out the kinks.