posted at 1/22/2013 2:43 PM EST
In response to RockScully's comment:
After reading this board very briefly today, it's not surprising that the elephant in the room continues to remain, with all the Washers scrambling like all hell to continue to ignore the truth.
I wish Talib didn't get hurt.
I wish Chandler Jones didn't sprain his ankle.
I wish Nink didn't have a hip ailment which clearly affected his postseason.
I wish our defense was not the youngest in the NFL.
I wish for all of these things, but none of things have anything to do with how Tom Brady leads this offense. The common denominator is Tom Brady and how he prefers to run an offense.
What I really wish is for Tom Brady to show that he's focused and that he cares in the postseason like he used to.
Who kidnapped Tom Brady? Why has he been so inaccurate, reckless and almost lazy when it comes to making plays? Why are we seeing 8 yards per carry from Ridley on 1st down and them then ignoring the run after that?
Why, with a 13-7 lead, a defensive battle do we throw away the run game, just itching to go to a one dimensional and predictable shotgun spread?
How many times could he have run for a first down in that game, but he either hesitated, obsessed with trying to throw or telegraphing passes? Did this offense even show going deep once? Was Hooman or Fells targeted? Why eliminate a large chunk of your playbook?
Why are we asking these questions year after year, whether with a veteran D, an inexperienced D or a very good young D that was hung out to dry yet again?
Unfortunately, this game summarizes my fears with how we run our offense and what it means for the entire team over 4 qtrs against good defenses.
And so it goes. Only Brady, as spoiled beyond belief as he's been with personnel here, can change it.
Making excuses for Gronk being out won't cut it. They went 5-1 without him and the only loss came when our own offense turned it over FOUR times in our zone in one half.
There is absolutely no denying that Brady has been BADLY outplayed lately in playoff losses (and some wins) by Joe Flacco and Eli Manning. What is most distressing is him walking with his head down (ala Peyton Manning) like a abused school boy who just had his lunch stolen. I love the guy and feel that we're lucky to have him over the last 12 years. The brainfart before halftime was rookie like. That simply can't happen and was a very bad omen for the rest of the game. With all of that said, plently of blame pie to go around in this game. How in the hell does Welker drop that pass, are you freakin kidding me!! Two terrible decisions by Belichick to punt from the 34 and 35 yard line of the Ravens. You line up an go there...NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. NONE WHATSOEVER. I know Rusty, you generally harp on about the run which I do not always agree with. But 3rd and 2 after 3rd and 2 and we're trying these low percentage bombs down the sideline. They should have run the ball more...obviously. Lastly, this defense needs improvement in many areas. As good as the improvment was when Talib stepped in it was that much worse when he went down. We have no depth at all and our back line DB's are generally a JOKE. I want what Seattle and SF have created...I don't know how we get there but that's what I want!