Re: New Patriot first down record...
posted at 10/9/2012 2:30 AM EDT
In response to DelGriffith's comment:
In response to GO47's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
89 offensive plays (and 54 runs) is ridiculous. Loved the way they went hurry up but running rather than passing. It prevented the Broncos from subbing defenders. In some ways it is similar to the strategy employed last week. It seems like Josh is trying to keep the defense in pass-defense mode, then run against them. In Buffalo, the Bills seemed reluctant to come out of a pass defense because they were worried about the Pats' receivers. This week, Josh didn't even give the Broncos a chance to change their defense, going hurry up as soon as they committed to a pass-focused personnel package.
Not sure if others noticed, but the Pats opening drive appeared to be a typical Bill O'Brien type spread drive. That got the Broncos into the defensive mode Josh wanted them to be in, then he switched over to the run in a hurry-up offense. Can't wait to re-watch this game, because it was an interesting strategic approach. The Pats also seemed to employ a fair amount of five-wide spread/shotgun formations through the game. Again, that seemed to force the Broncos to keep respecting the pass, which then opens up the run.
Josh's approach so far is to use the Pats' long-time strength (the passing game) to set up the run. This is not a case of the run setting up the pass, but the pass setting up the run. The good thing is with Ridley, we have a back who is explosive enough to make it work. (He's getting over 5 ypc, I believe.) The question will be whether they'll keep him on the field this year despite the occasional fumble. Bolden has also run well, but Ridley is the guy who really knows how to get yards on his own, beyond what the blockers give him.
One thing to note is that when they were in the 5 wide spread Ridley was on the field as one of the receivers. This allowed them to get back to the hurry up without substitution forcing the defense to stay in their nickle and dime package. So you are correct, the pass did help set up the run.
DUDE, EXACTLY. I hate the shotgun spread as you know, but when it was called, I was thrilled Ridley wasn't leaving the field. This is the key. Don't sub the backs on the drives (generally speaking).
I loved it when he just went wide, then after that play was run, they'd put him back at RB and then just run the next play.
That is what this is all about. Don't tip your plays based on personnel packages. If they are this crisp at this point of the season without Hernandez, ummm, WOW.
It's all about health and McDaniels not screwing this kind of thing up at this point.
I have no issue with bringing in Woodhead on 3rd and 17 and those kinds of situations, because it's sort of a desperation down which means execute with your best skilled player in that role.
Even when they ran with Woodhead on 3rd and 17, I had no issue with it because you're still playing ball control and field position if you don't get it. They happened to get it, which was great.
" Don't tip your plays based on personnel packages. "
agreed this is waht we need to do, and my plan since last year.
"If they are this crisp at this point of the season without Hernandez, ummm, WOW."
agreed if josh doesnt blow any more games.