Re: Our offense lost the abiliry to end games
posted at 9/24/2012 6:00 PM EDT
In response to DelGriffith's comment:
In response to richpats' comment:
I was going to post something similar to this. Since the 2006 AFC title game, Brady has been in 10 situations against quality teams (above .500) where he had a one-score lead and the ball in the final few minutes:
2006 Colts (AFC Title); 2007 Colts; 2009 Colts ("4th and 2"); 2009 Ravens (Reg season); 2010 Chargers; 2010 Packers; 2010 Colts; 2011 Ravens (AFC Title); 2011 Giants (SB46); 2012 Ravens
You know how many times the offense converted a first down to ice the game? ONCE (Indianapolis 2007). In the 9 situations where the defense needed to make a stop they were successful on 5 occasions. In these situations, if the offense is only closing 10% of the time and the defense is closing 55.5% of the time, then the liability is clearly the OFFENSE.
I think the Pats' issue is that they become too conservative on offense and cannot convert first downs as easily as they do during the course of a game. Then they go so far as to go for it on FOURTH down when they don't have a good play for it (Indy 2009, SD 2010).
The defense is also liable for letting each team march into NE territory and threaten to score but they are more effective at limiting the opposition to FG attempts (which some are missed) and turning it over on downs.
If the offense was a little more aggressive and effective in these situations then the defense wouldn't be asked to make as many critical stops.
Watch out, a pink hat might come in and yell at you for stating facts. Some of us have had to throttle the pinkies here, but they'll never admit it.
In the McDaniels offense, post 2005, the reason why this has happened more often than not is because in that offense, the RBs are subbed in and out based on plays. Last night, RIdley was removed for Woodhead. That's my only complain on the offense. RIdley looks fine to me, but they seem giddy to get Woodhead into the game, which is just mindnumbing. The problem with this is, you can't dictate with the run to ice games, so you rely on passing more, which stops the clock if you are incomplete, it's riskier, and obviously more predictable in general when you don't basically tell your blockers that it's on them to help ice it.
It makes no sense. We have very good blockers on the O line, but they aren't asked to play that way.
Go get them pink hats tiger. Hate to break it to you, but the run game completely vanishes in those predicaments. Meanwhile, what is your solution to the incompetent QB crisis we have?