Re: Era of the TE
posted at 8/29/2012 9:12 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Era of the TE
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Era of the TE : Maybe...as a gimmick. Seriously, going 4 TE wide? Apart from Hernandez and Gronk what other TE would you have playing as a receiver? And would you rather have whoever you choose run routes over Welker and lloyd? Only so many patterns to run and so much space to work with. Maybe a red zone play near the goal line....or a short 3rd down play when there is zero confidence in the run game. I just can't see something like that being used that often.
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Initially, early season the true effectiveness of the formation will not be as effective as the late season run, when Ballard will return. We will have exceptional versatility with both Gronk and AH, some what more limited with Fells and (Silvestro-Shiancoe). But by week 11 when Ballard returns the formation will assume a much more deadly position for defences. At that point we will have three massive receiver's who are all quite capable of being both a blockers and receiver's. With one more (Fells) who also can catch as well as block. Couple that with either Riddley, or more hopefully Vereen, who also are quite capable of being a receiving threat, we will be in a position to go no huddle in the hurry up, and totally dictate the defensive match ups. Any combination of receiver's and blockers, multiple combinations of rushers and blockers, both downfield and heavy short yardage. The combinations are limitless, and all called at the line of scrimmage depending on the defensive personnel and alignment. The defence can not ever be in the right formation or personnel with out a great deal of deception and shifting at the last second. Even then I do not see how it can be stopped with any regularity.
With Ballards return we will be 3 strong at TE with the week spot only in the 4th TE. The true beauty of the entire notion is the downfield blocking. Like having an additional four athletic,fast linemen, all moving downfield,or into the backfield like a fullback,or moving into motion as a Tailback and receiver. Not to mention the the additional blockers that can stay at home to pass block. With the proper last minute reads, the QB should have a field day, picking apart the defences.
With no possibility of knowing who is doing what, when all can do everything.