Re: Game Plan
posted at 1/22/2014 6:06 AM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to Muzwell's comment:
New England ran for 2,065 yards on 470 carries, (4.4 ypc) and scored 19 rushing TDs
Seattle ran for 2,188 yards on 509 carries, (4.3 ypc) and scored 18 rushing TDs
If you remove QB rush stats from the equation:
NE ran for 2,047 yards on 438 carries (4.7 ypc) and scored 19 rushing TDs
SEA ran for 1,649 yards on 413 carriees (4.0 ypc) and scored 17 rushing TDs
So, which team has the better ground game? It seems obvious, right? Don't let your lyin' eyes deceive you. It's crystal clear that New England's running game is better.
Brady passed for about 1,000 more yards (4,343 to 3,357), but Wilson had more pass TDs (26 to 25), fewer Ints (9 to 11), a higher completion pct. (63 to 60) and Wilson averaged 8.2 yds per attempt vs. 6.9 for Brady. His receivers aren't better than New England's either.
So, if you're preparing to face Denver's defense and you're coaching Seattle having watched how the Pats (and everybody else) played them, what is your game plan?
Do you stop running altogether if Lynch gets stuffed for minimal gain in the first few carries? Do you go into the game, knowing how prolific Denver's passing attack is, thinking it makes any sense whatsoever to engage in a passing contest? Does that give you the best chance to win the game?
You have an excellent defense, but do you want to let Manning and co. have more possessions, or would it make more sense to try and keep him off the field as much as possible?
Do you emulate what the Patriots did last week, or do you look to what San Diego did in week 15 when they held the ball for 38 minutes?
Controlling the ball for long stretches and keeping Manning off the field is great, but you need to get first downs to do that. If your running game is getting you first downs, then sure, stick with it as long as your defense is also keeping Manning from scoring. But if you run and don't get first downs or if your defense can't stop Manning from scoring and you end up well behind, then you'll be forced to pass. You can't run for the sake of running if you're not getting first downs and keeping drives alive.
What if you went with say....a 2 to 1 pass to run 3 and out in back to back drives? You know, like we did to start the game....
The first down passes got 5 and 6 yards respectively, so those were both productive first down plays. The problem on those two three-and-outs was that that the second-down runs that followed the passes got 0 and 1 yard, respectively. Sure they could have tried running on third and five and third and three, but that's hardly the magic bullet you seem to think it is. A run on third and five is not a high-percentage play. It's a bit higher percentage on third and three, but it's not guaranteed by any means.
Did that move the chains or get 1st downs? Should have came out in Power I and ran twice, perhaps away from Terrence Knighton? Run on all 3 downs! Challenge them.
Here's our blockers "challenging" the Denver defensive front in the third quarter. This is the problem. They blocked better against teams like Buffalo.
Don't come out in a passing formation get 5 yards, then bring out run formation, get stone walled running up the middle and then bring back the passing unit and throw to a defense just waiting for you?
IsIt'stupid. We just ran all over team and it wasn't by pass pass run. We know we are not a 1 ypc rushing offense so dont f ing settle for it! Impose your will, play smash mouth, open things up for Brady.
I guess it doesn't matter, you have just closed your eyes to this subject.