Re: Bill Belichick on Execution versus Playcalling
posted at 1/8/2013 10:16 PM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to dreighver's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
Very dumb thread. Leave it to Prolate to take some sweeping, generalized rhetoric from BB and somehow have it support absolutely nothing.
Been here for roughly a week and I've picked up on a number of things.
You seem to contradict yourself a few times per post.
You feel the need to incessently attack others (personally, I might add).
Have you ever heard the statement, "Correlation does not imply causation."? If not, please do look it up.
I might have to rely on others to answer this, but are you actually a Patriots fan?
No. Please stop saying you just got here. You've been here, you're just using a different name.
The board is DEEPLY tired of Prolate his fellow Ballwashers desperate and paranoid defense of a flawed Tom Brady in the postseason since 2005. Please don't interject. You have absolutely no idea whatsoever what you are talking about if you are indeed new here.
They're lack of simply conceding that our own QB must be better in the postseason and against' good Ds, is the reason why they've destroyed this board.
I might not have been here long, but that doesn't mean that I lack any basic knowledge of football.
Brady's postseason performances have dropped off relative to his regular season performances, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he is the sole reason for the recent losses.
As someone else mentioned in another thread, his postseason passer-rating is virtually identical to that the early 2000s. What was also pointed out was that his regular season performances were less impressive than they have been recently.
Some of this perception that Brady has played poor in the postseason is due to the contrast in his regular season and his postseason play as of late. Back in the early 2000s, his regular season performances were good (~80 PR), and his postseason performances were good (~80 PR). Naturally, there was no perceived dropoff in play.
Again, statistically, Brady is playing just as well (or poorly as you and a few others seem to think) NOW (in the postseason) as he was back in 2003, 2004.
The fact that they're now losing games indicates that something has changed. I see a number of things at work.
First, the defense as of recent hasn't been as competitive as it was a decade or so ago. They're less aggressive, more prone to giving up big plays, and seem to lack the ability to stop an offense or make a big play when the game is on the line.
Secondly, lady-luck hasn't been in New England's corner. In 2006/07, the officials were largely to blame for the second-half debacle against the Colts. In 2007/08, the officials failed to call multiple holding calls and David Tyree proceeded to make a one-in-a-million catch. In 2008, Brady went down with a knee injury and the 11-5 Pats got robbed of a playoff spot. In 2009, Welker went down prior to their first playoff game, thus throwing the offense out of whack, and the makeshift defense finally gave out against Ray Rice. In 2010, they came out flat against a motivated Jets team. And finally, last year, Welker drops the Lombardi.
Now I'm not saying the offense is completely void of blame. In the 07/08 Super Bowl, a lot of blame goes on McDaniels for failing to adjust earlier when it was clear that the Giants pass-rush was wreaking havoc. In 2009/2010, the offense didn't perform well at all, but the defense and special teams weren't particularly strong either.
With all that said, it's a team sport. Meaning you win as a team and you lose as a team. Has Brady played perfectly in every game he has ever played in? Of course not! But neither has the defense or special-teams. In order to win a high-stakes playoff game, you need to execute in all three phases, and you need a bounce or two to go your way. Let's not forget that the Giants fumbled the ball two or three times in last year's Super Bowl, and the ball happened to bounce right back to them. Nothing you can do about that, and it's certainly not Brady's fault.
You win as a team and you lose as a team. They haven't won a Super Bowl since 2004 not because Brady has forgotten how to play winning football, but rather because all three phases haven't been stellar and because the luck-of-the-draw seems to have gone to the opponent.
I'm optimistic that this is the year New England returns to glory.