Re: NFC to Take SB, No Competition coming from AFC?
posted at 12/16/2013 4:03 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead's comment:
In response to TripleOG's comment:
sorry im still a fan, but in this post I stepped outside my fandom and used some reality. Based on what weve seen in the past.... this story may not end well for us but Thats why they play the game!!!
I will feel better if Dobson can atleast make it back in the next 2 weeks and get re acclimated.
This is like 2006 except we can possibly play Rd 2 at home (vs on the road) in the Divisionals. Win that, roll the dice in the title game.
I have a hopfeul and sneaking suspicion BB is being conservative with Bolden's knee to get right, Dobson's foot and Thompkins's hip/groin (whatever his thing is), and tried to get away with another week without them in Miami, in order to get them as right as possible for the home stretch/playoffs.
All 3 represent our best red zone options. This diagram can be found in the "Why Gronk's Absence Is Not Devastating" in last week's thread:
Edelman (Thompkins) Vereen (Develin) Mulligan/Hooman Amendola (Dobson)
Brady (under Center)
Based on matchups, this should be the options on the table.
You can take Vereen out from the slot, move Develin back from the double stacked TE option if you wish and line up as an I Formation, etc. Depends how close you are to the red zone.
Or, use Vereen and Bolden as split backs, where if you do hand off, Bolden becomes a blocking back.
Lastly, the obvious, quick playaction, assuming you aren't too close to the goal line.
I like Ridley and Vereen more so in betwen the 20s, with Vereen more the option when you look to pass in the red zone.
Unfortunately, we saw little none of this yesterday, partly due to not having range with Thompkins or Dobson for jump balls, but more so in disappointing fashion, not enough Develin and Mulligan and just hammering it in.
We;ll never win a SB without establishing some kind of a run game.
I think this is exactly what he tried to do but the game had playoff implications. IMO you play him if he was close. He was likely the difference in the game. Back shoulder fade near the goal line. Game over.
I have seen us all year be able to morph into different things on offense. In Fact we started this game with power runs to blount and it worked for the most part and Brady going up and down the field passing worked too expect for in the redzone where space is small.
My question is what kind of gameplan is BB gonna draw up to mask a Chitty Defense that still gives up 3rd and longs, cannot generate pressure and cant cover backs or tight ends?? Not enough schemes in the world to remedy that.