Re: Do The Patriots Need to Change Their Offensive and/or Defensive Scheme?
posted at 4/9/2010 3:15 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Do The Patriots Need to Change Their Offensive and/or Defensive Scheme?:
Remember all the posts at the start of the 2009 season saying that our D needed to hold opposing offenses to under 300 points for the season because every other time we've done that we've made it at least as far as the AFC Championship? Well our D was well under 300 points last season. We should be grateful to have a D this good.
Posted by themightypatriotz
Pts. allowed is one measurement of the D. How did our red zone D do? Not very well. But it has to be place in the proper perspective (vs. other teams).
2009 #5 285 pts total or 17.8 pts/game, +6 for takeaway/giveaway or #4
2008 #4 309 pts total or 19.3 pts/game, +1 for takeaway/giveaway or #9
2007 #4 274 pts total or 17.1 pts/game, +16 for takeaway/giveaway or #3
2004 #2 260 pts total or 16.3 pts/game, +9 for takeaway/giveaway or #7
2003 #1 238 pts total or 14.9 pts/game, +17 for takeaway/giveaway or #2
So, I think it could be argued that our D isn't quite as good as it used to be. In addition, big plays (turnovers) is evident in 2003 and 2007. We had a pretty good D in 2003. In 2007, our offensive prowess forced teams into doing things that they didn't want to do - and we had a pretty good takeaway/giveaway ratio.
The lack of a pass rush since 2007, and the (in)ability to protect Brady since about mid 2007 has been a problem.
Scheme? Players? Both? Neither?...dunno