Re: Has anybody seen Rusty?
posted at 12/2/2011 6:19 PM EST
In Response to Re: Has anybody seen Rusty?
[QUOTE]Not true. I saw brady not play well last January, handing off a win to your jets. So, I saw signs of this earlier this year. I posted about the incessant, embeded problem which is derived from our base shotgun offense. People didn';t like this because they want 40 points per game, fireworks with streaking WRs, and don't get that we can't win a SB like that. That's their problem. Brady and Offense had poor 1st halves prior to last week's game.
Posted by RidingWithTheKingII[/QUOTE]
Welcome back Russ. This board was boring without you.
I don't know if I can put a finger on the "why", but clearly the Pats offense was more than anemic during that playoff game last year against the Yets. We scored 3 total points in the 1st half of play, while giving up an interception for a long return, and then Chung's miffed fake punt. The interception set up the Jets 1st TD, and the fake punt, the Jets 2nd TD of the half. You got to think without those 2 plays which clearly put the Jests in relative easy scoring position, the outcome (even though Brady got sacked 5 times) may have been very different.
The D on the other hand, played well in spurts, but had horrendous 2nd and 4th quarters, in part, aided by those 2 key turnovers I noted above. Still, when the game came down to crunchtime, the D couldn't hold off the Jets when it really mattered and when we closed it by a TD very late in the game.
I know you are not a Brady hater, but if we take this playoff game and hold it up, it certainly appears to me that those 2 key turnovers, plus not putting any real points on the board in the 1st half is what did us in. The D as it was built, and as depleted as it was last year come playoff time, simply isn't built (maybe even this year as well), to hold the game in check while the Offense catches up.
Quick starts, fast finishes. If that comes out of the spread, so be it. We need points, and we need to score them early and often to put our defnese in the best position to succeed.