Re: If you Want to Hang Your Hat on Something..
posted at 2/2/2012 11:15 AM EST
Players should be motivated no matter what. If a SB victory can't motivate you, you have no business playing.
"Motivation" is for the doldrums of the season.
Second, mroe important than motivation is practice.
90% of football is execution. Execute the plays as they are called (i.e., get open, block well, make accurate throws, choose the hole correctly) and you will succeed often enough to win.
Ocho hasn't had problems getting open .... he's had problem recognizing the routes he is supposed to be running. It's a big difference between being washed up (which he isn't) and catching on slowly (which he has).
But I will say this:
Given Gronk's injury, and the makeup of the Giants' defense.... if I were NE's offensive coordinator, the number one thing on my wishlist after controlling the line of scrimmage would be controlling the perimeter.
If the Giants have to start adjusting their coverages to compensate on the outside, Welker/Gronk/Hern will gut them like a fish up the middle.
That starts with Branch and Ocho recognizing where the defense is going, and getting open, and making the catch, and getting some YAC, and as always the ball being distributed to them in a timely and accurate fashion.