Re: Defense has turned into an embarrasment
posted at 1/14/2010 12:03 PM EST
I don't know.
I can't remember turning the ball over three times in one quarter either-- in fact that was statistically the worst offensive quarter NE has had under BB. Think about that.
If the offense doesn't fail miserably then it isn't an issue.
Even a series of 3 & outs (total ineptitude BTW) would have kept the game close enough, compared to giving the opposing team three free shots from the redzone.
However, even if the defense hadn't allowed TDs inside the redzone and only gimme FGs, a swing of 8 pts which is the best you could possibly hope for, the game would still have been lost.
It was an eerie reminder of the loss in the Superbowl.
The *fact* is that New England's offense has scored a total of 28 pts in their last two playoff games, and turned the ball over four times. You don't win football games turning the ball over more times than you score.
And it is embarrassing. NE giving up one big running play, or failing to stop them on a sequence of two downs, is not nearly as large a cause for concern.
Was it the best performance by a NE defense in the playoffs? No. But it was likely better than, say, the performance against the Panthers in the SB when they won.
And if you think adding one player to the defense fixes things, it is wrong. The offense likely needs four or five players just to get to a point where they can play on the same field as a defense like the Ravens'.