Re: Is running more the secret to the Pats' success?
posted at 11/22/2011 10:08 PM EST
In Response to Re: Is running more the secret to the Pats' success?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Is running more the secret to the Pats' success? : This is just not correct. At this point as a team we are nearly right on the league average in rushing attempts, so I find it an empty charge that we don't run the ball enough. Also, of our three losses our rushing yards were very much in keeping with our median totals for two of those games. In the other we had few offensive yards of any kind because the D could not get off the field and let the Steelers bleed the clock away. How much do you think we should run more than the league average considering that excess amount is taking the ball away from the 2nd rated passer who is on pace for one of the most productive passing season of all-time? I think some folks here are just obsessed with running more and have no facts to back up their obsession.
Posted by BabeParilli[/QUOTE]
I didn't claim that they run less. You are putting words in my typing hands.
I claimed that they lost when they did not have a more reasonable balance between pass and run, and I am right. They won every time they used the run in a balanced amount, and sometimes when they didn't. They never lost when the run was balanced with the pass.
Vs. Bills 26:45 = 37% close
Vs. Steelers 12:35 = 26%
Vs. Giants 24:39 = 38% close
Vs. Miami 22:48 = 31% commanding
Vs. SD 25:40 = 38% commanding
Vs. Oakland 30:30 = 50% commanding
Vs. Jets 35:33 = 52%
Vs. Dallas 25:41 = 38% close
Vs. Jets 28:39 = 42% blow-out
Vs. KC 35:27 = 56% blow-out
You, sir, are wrong, and the stats - aka "facts" - back it up.
Typically, the more they ran, the more they won and the bigger they won. A couple of times, they passed heavy and still won - the exceptions, like against woeful Miami with a very green QB and bad coach. Pass heavy against the league's best coaches and the Pats lose.
In addition, in the games in which they were losing, they used the run to get the final score closer, as the field opened. Had they run sooner, instead of waiting until the 4th to start running, I am confident that they would be undefeated. I will not bother to research and break-down the stats by QTR. You do it if you want more proof. My work is done here. (Love that NFL.com. It resolves these debates.)