Re: Brady Freaks Out
posted at 12/12/2011 1:01 PM EST
In Response to Re: Brady Freaks Out
[QUOTE]Brady def. knows that his defense is a revolving door. His desire to win is what makes him want to throw more because he knows his defense aint stopping anyone. My only question is wil our defense ever be our strength again or we will continue to live and die on Brady's arm until he retires, then build up our "D" again and win with a game manager. My problem is that someone needs to tell B.B. that its his decisions that have our defense looking horrible and passing as much as possible only causes more 3 and outs and hinders your already bad defense. This formula is so old and sickening. Pass, Pass, Pass on the way to a 14-0 lead and continue to pass while the defense catches on and the defense gets hung out to dry and evenutally wilts under pressure and caves in. The results are teams coming screaming back in the 4th quarter due to no T.O.P and then we are trying to run the ball at the end when everyone knows its coming and followed by a 3 and out and the ball back to the opposing offense to tie or win. This is not gonna work today, tommorow, or 10 years from now in the playoffs.
Posted by JayShizzle45[/QUOTE]
TOP is a funny stat Jay.
Half of it is the defense getting themselves off the field. And NE's defense is the 28th worst in the league at TOP per drive, which is unsurprising because they are last in 3rd down percentage. Last in 20yd+ plays. And last in yards. That all adds up to time. And getting rest won't help them.
Heck, they had half time and back to back offensive drives for ten unanswered points that consumed six minutes and the defense still gave up a TD. They had a six minute scoring drive yesterday, that included a lengthy injury timeout as well, and they gave up a TD after that.
What do they need a gurney and three day's recovery time after playing 8 downs of football?
The offense is 12th in TOP per drive IIRC. Yeah, the offense could probably milk another 15 seconds per drive or something, which would effectively bring them into the top five, but in reality they would have a better chance of doing that if they weren't under the gun to put points up at such a rate. And I doubt an extra minute or so per game would improve on what you saw from the defense yesterday.
We've been through this, though, so I don't think we need to re-hash it my friend. In my opinion, TOP, last year, wasn't a problem (35+minutes), running wasn't a problem (114 yards, 4+ YPC) you can top that by having a lead late and adding a few more runs.
I don't disagree that running is important ... I just think it's categorically false to say they did not run in the playoffs, and to say that running doesn't count when it's the RB you don't like, and to say the running game they have now is a major roadblock to success -- or the way they use it.
Even now, as I am doing it, it seems silly to me to nitpick the offense about a couple plays that weren't perfect when the defense is still sobbing and looking for its panties in the bushes.
NE will run the football in the playoffs, unless they are getting blown out. They have in the past more often than not, and they will again.
I'm inclined to think they will run it well again, because they do that too.