Re: Our offense lost the abiliry to end games
posted at 9/26/2012 10:54 PM EDT
In response to pezz4pats' comment:
In response to richpats's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
Okay, the offense has lost the ability to end games. Brady ain't what he used to be.
With all due respect to Tom, in these situations the ball shouldn't even be in his hands. If we had a guy that could pound for 10 yards in 3 plays then we'd be set. But since Dillon we haven't had that, and the D's know it, and they know Tom is thinking short-yardage so it gets even easier for them.
With all due respect, they did take the ball out of Toms hands and that is the problem.
Running and killing the clock is fine with a big lead and competant backs but we had neither.
Josh's determination to incorporate the run is failing at this point has cost them the last 2 games. I can't understand forcing it at this point. Do it when you are comfotable, not with the freaken game on the line. They will get better with reps but the timing of those forced runs has been disasterous.
Very similar to last week .
The final two drives Sunday night tell the story. In those "got to have it" situations, when one truly finds out the identity of an offense, what did we see?
The Patriots couldn't run the ball -- a Danny Woodhead rush for a loss of 4 yards contributed to killing the drive that followed a big fourth-down stop on defense. On the second got-to-have-it drive, there were rushes of 1, 3 and 1 yards. Not enough forward momentum.
So the Patriots were forced to go to the air, what they've done best in recent years, but the execution was surprisingly shoddy in critical situations.
[+] Enlarge Mitch Stringer/US PresswireWhen push came to shove, Danny Woodhead and the Patriots running game were little help with the Ravens game on the line.
On the first got-to-have-it drive, on second-and-14, a quick pass to receiver Deion Branch was stopped for no gain when receiver Wes Welker couldn't execute his block to spring the play, then an incomplete pass on third-and-14 followed when quarterback Tom Brady was moved out of the pocket by pressure coming up the middle.
On the ensuing drive, the lack of forward momentum provided by the running game ultimately set up a second-and-9 in which Brady, operating out of the shotgun, was sacked on a Ravens five-man blitz. Brady didn't have a chance on the play, nor did he on third-and-16 when the Ravens rushed only four but overloaded the offensive right side and forced a quick throw.
God Pezz, you can't pass your way through a 4 minute drive. You have to run, but as I have said all this year and last, WHY is Woody the guy trying to run out a clock......because he is the shotgun back! Use power run formations, Brady and the offense will have a learning curve because O'brien was so 1 dimensional but when they come together we will be ready for post season success.