Re: Patriots' Recent
posted at 5/30/2013 11:04 AM EDT
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to anonymis' comment:
Everyone knows that making it to the Superbowl is pretty tough as it is. BB obviously has to put a new team together every year. Part of the equation to making it deep into the playoffs (SB) is the regular season record. The AFC East is not really a powerhouse - some might say its actually a weak division.
RESPONSE: So what? The Yankees have won pennant after pennant by playing .500 ball against the good teams, and dominating the bad teams. To win a championship, a team has to be both good, and lucky. Since 2006, the Pats have been good...but very unlucky. Half their defense seemingly missed the AFC title game in Indy with injuries...with Rodney Harrison going down in the 2006 season finale. There was that blasted helmut catch by David Tyree in 2007, the Brady injury in 2008, the Welker injury in the season finale in 2009, the Gronk injury in 2011, and, again, in 2012...along with losing Aqib Talib in the second half of the loss to the Ravens. The 2010 team, playing poorly and losing to the Jets at home, was the exception. That was a loss due solely to poor play.
Which leads to the question - how much of the regular season success is due to playing in a weak division? And, how does that affect the Patriots' playoff success?
RESPONSE: It matters little. A team that has the perfect storm of being healthy, and playing their best ball at playoff time, usually wins the championship.
Are the Patriots an over-rated team?
RESPONSE: No. Quite the contrary. With the exception of the 2010 seaon, some bad luck and untimely injuries to key players have really taken their toll in the play-offs. Had the Pats won one or both of those SBs in 2007 and 2011, would we even be having this conversation?
Love ya, man, but ya gotta stop with the excuses. There is NO excuse for the alleged "Iron" of ther team, Brady & Co, doing absolutely nothing in the post season when it REALLY matters. Miraculous catches by opposing WR's and Gronk's injury are excuses. They played well and won when Gronk was out, so we can't blame/excuse a post season loss on "if he was healthy..." proposition. Missing Gronk didn't make the Pats for 0-2nd half vs the Ravens, especially with Welker and Lloyd still available. Luck? As my HS baseball coach once said, you make your own luck. If you wait for it, it'll never happen, and you'll be going home unhappy. "Luck" has no uniform number, so it can't be blamed, good or bad.
Another point is that the Yankess, for the most part, actually win when they get to the post season. When they don't, it's not because they blew away the AL with 110 wins and then died in the 2nd round, a la Pats. baseball is not a good comparrison, as the NFL plays 10% of a MLB regular season schedule. A four of 5 game losing streak in MLB isn't nearly disasterous as the same in the NFL. fact is, a GOOD team in the playoffs need not depend on luck (good or bad) to advance. The players make it happen, rather than "let" it happen. Leaving a WR uncovered when the entire world knows they're going to get the ball is totally unacceptable. Severely undertthrowing an injured/not 100% TE down the middle of the field is NOT a good play to be called. Not scoring a single blessed point in the 2nd half of the AFCCC with a much ballyhooed, All World offense is NOT a good thing. They didn't have the fire, they didn't seem to be ready, and they got beat.
Watching teh Pats in teh post season is like watching the old Sox...... 7th inning, they have a lead, and the first two opposing batters get walks..... 8th inning, 2 outs, pitcher gives up a ground rule double on an 0-2 pitch.... 9th inning, up by a run, the opposition gets the bases loaded with 2 out and score 3 runs when the pitcher should have been pulled. The Pats move well, and then end up punting the ball multiple times from inside the Ravens 40 yard line..... not good, taking potential points off the board. Same/same.......