Re: Getting past the AH issue... good day to start!
posted at 6/29/2013 9:29 AM EDT
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
It's hard to find a TE with the quickness of AH. With his size, speed, and quickness, he really bridged four positions: TE, FB, RB, and WR. It's not like the Pats have never used two TEs before. They did it with Graham and Watson for a while too. Other teams have used double TEs as their base too. Colts did it for years as just one example. Using two TEs is nothing new. What made the Pats' two TE offense so potent was the quality of the players and their versatility. The players were more important than the scheme. Without the players, I see the scheme used less. It is possible that they'll do what Eng is describing--go to more power formations with two TEs. But that's very different from what they were doing with Hern and Gronk. It's still to be seen whether such a power offense will worlk for them. They haven't been built that way for years, and their linemen and backs will need to complement that approah too for it to work well.
Curran calls him a swiss army knife. Good analogy.
Problem with a swiss army knife is that it is way better to have than nothing for a given problem, but way not as good as actually having the proper tool for the problem.
AH was a luxury option, not a solution to any specific need. Our problem right now is very specific needs, not having an extra luxury.
Plus, you couldn't count on the guy. He too dropped too many big balls.
I sort of agree with the swiss army knife analogy Babe, but having a guy as versatile as AH creates match up problems and allows you to morph into different schemes without changing players and this causes problems for opposing defenses who don't know ahead of time whether AH is a FB, a slot receiver, a TE, or a wideout.
I do feel AH was less effective during the past year or so. He seemed to be prone to drops and sometimes seemed to disappear. Injuries had something to do with a decrease in production, but I was beginning to worry he might be a flash in the pan anyway. I don't think by itself the loss of Hernandez will be that damaging, but there are enough other issues (Gronk's health, complete revamp of the WR position) to leave me uncertain about the offense next year. Not negative, not positive, just uncertain.