Re: Can't blame the defense too much here..
posted at 2/6/2012 9:17 AM EST
In Response to Re: Can't blame the defense too much here..
[QUOTE]The defense played pretty well and held the Giants to a reasonable point total, so you have to give them credit for that. But things are a bit more complex than they seem. One of the biggest problems with this game is it ended up being only a nine drive game
(the average number of drives per team per game is about 11.5). The Pats do best when their offense has at least 11 or 12 chances to score. With only nine, it's a lot tougher for us to score the points we need. The major reason we had such few drives is because the defense couldn't get off the field. They may not have been giving up points, but they were allowing the Giants to possess the ball for long stretches and therefore limiting the number of chances our offense had.
The offense deserves blame here too, for failing to sustain drives, but the defense wasn't helping them out.
The defense allowed three drives of 5 or more minutes, 3 drives of 4 or more minutes, and one drive of 3 and a half minutes. In fact, the only drives shorter than those were the Giants' longest drive by yardage (the 88 yard touchdown drive that won the game) and their kneel down at halftime. A lot of folks argue that as long as the D doesn't give up points, yards and time don't matter. But there are consequences to these long drives and one of the most significant is that it means fewer chances for our offense.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
Excellent points. The Giants executed the game plan that enhanced their strengths. The Patriots rush D did worse than expected;especially with Jacobs.
Coughlin played field position as good as anyone else - the Patriots did not have very good field position most of the game - and needed a turnover for better field position. They had two opportunities, but couldn't come up with the ball.
Here's an analogy. There was a time when the Colts won a whole bunch of games with a pass oriented offense and bad defense. They won regularly except when facing certain teams....like the Patriots. The Patriots back then had a both a decent offense, and a defense that came up big when it counted the most.
Sound familiar? The current Patriots are built like the Colts of the past, the current Giants are built much like the Patriots of the past.
The Patriots of the past were built to beat teams like Colts....just like today's Giants are built to beat teams like the current Patriots.