Re: Branch IS AN UPGRADE... PEYTON CURSE IS OVER!
posted at 10/15/2010 6:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Branch IS AN UPGRADE... PEYTON CURSE IS OVER!
[QUOTE]Quasi - please elaborate.
Posted by Indylove[/QUOTE]
I always believed that getting Moss and opening up the offense was a way of us challenging Peyton, essentially Brady learning to be Manning, the big thrower, and in 06 Manning took a fair offense and played with grit, played to the score like Brady used to, and stayed in the pocket, learning to read the blitz and throw without choking. HE won a SB doing the basic QB things like managing the game, not just throwing it all the time. The # 1 thing any QB needs is the ability to manage the game, and QBs that love to throw, and want to score quickly which Manning and the Brady of Moss era did.
In Mannings 10 playoff losses, not only did he choke, his offense couldn't score, period, His 10 losses have avg 12 points a game and they always blamed the D, and in Brady's last 2 losses in the playoffs, the Pats have scored 14 points vs the Giants and Ravens. Wide open attacks don't win very often unless they tone it down and play a balanced game, called playoff football. Look at all the SB teams who won multiple SBs especially with the same QB. Starr 2 SB and 5 total NFL titles, Griese 2 SBs, Bradshaw 4 SBs, Montana 4 SBs, Simms 2 SBs, Aikman 3 SBs, and Brady 3 SBs, and Rothlesberger 2 SBs. Except in desperate situations, all these QBs managed the game. Their teams didn't just go out and blow teams away. The 49ers had the greatest offense I have ever seen. They could blow you out if they wanted to, had a great D, and their whole offense was based on ball control, running the clock to keep their D off the field. Our SB offense was very similar and Brady, growing out here in SF was a Montana fan.
Too many fans here think we are going back to basics because of a lousy defense, and I say it is the other way around. In 07 we kicked butt and our D became lethargic from midway in the 2nd Q, and we'd win 48-24 in games that weren't even close. Ball control teams may be in closer games, but everyone is involved seeing the games are close and you wait till later to blow them out even it was just in the trenches. When we beat the Eagles in our last SB, a close game, Chris Berman said to the panel after the game, that it was a very close game, but did you ever think for a second the Pats didn't completely control the game and they all agreed.
Brady came into being as a starter as a seasoned pro in having an amazing foundation on how to control and win games, playing to the score, and not always blowing team out. If they were up 14 3, in the 2nd Q, he might not score the rest of the game, but of the other team got within 7, he'd take a nice long drive down the field every time and score, doing all the right things every QB should do to win, where Manning didn't though a much more polished QB in most eyes, and when Brady and the Pats forgot what got them there w/ Moss and CO, our offense couldn't win any big games. Even the 06 team scored 34 points against the Colts in the AFC title game with Caldwell, which we lost, and in the last 2 playoff games with Brady having the best stat year maybe ever, and then the next year was his second best stat year, and the team scored 14 points in two losses
All the multiple SB winners played playoff football all year, great D, balanced offensive attacks and QBs who for the most part managed the games. Yes at times you have to be able to open it up, but then the offense has lulled the D to sleep, almost forgetting that QBs like Simms used to put up 35 - 40 points all the time till Parcels taught him how to win.
And yes, Manning is a huge choke. Last year & in 07 I believe, against the Chargers in the last minute or 2 he rolled right 3 times in a row and threw off the wrong foot each times and threw the ball like a dart with nothing on it about 15 yards and the ball looped in the air and fell about 5 feet in front of his receivers like a dudd, all at the end of the game, and he's done it over and over, even at Tennessee vs Florida and losing every game vs Spurrier