Re: Pats offense could top 2007
posted at 8/7/2010 8:58 PM EDT
In Response to Pats offense could top 2007
[QUOTE]yes, i mean that. when i evaluate the entire receiving corps, i see greater depth than in `07. we have the makings of a passing game that could very well be unstoppable. providing protection for brady is key in making this happen however. also, the young tight ends, BOTH of whom are #1 round- type draft picks, not ony give brady something he didn`t have in `07, but with crumpler and gronkowski, a few wide-bodies who can open up some holes for maroney too run through. and now that i mentioned maroney, i believe that BB will be mixing it up this year in the way he is used, by getting the football to him in the open field, thus exploiting his great speed. the return game should also be better than in `07 with tate, edelmann, price and mccourty upgrading that important function. it`s going to be the passing game however that will be second to none, allowing NE to score at or near the top in the NFL, but allowing the defense to consistently stay off the field for long stretches of time while they gain valuable experience and develop an idenity as a unit.
Posted by koft[/QUOTE]
I don't see it happening...
1) 2007 was a special and charmed year for the Patriots right up till the end. They were able to Galvanize with a Team vs the world attitude because of Spy Gate. So far there is no event like that happening around this 2010 team to generate that added incentive.
2) 2007 was the 1st year they ever loaded up at WR and unleashed the spread offense in that primary way. Opposing teams had to rewrite the book on defending the NE Patriots. New primary receivers Moss and Welker in the New Patriot offensive system. As well as Josh McD's own flavor on it and tendencies. Not only did teams adjust all the way through 2007 to the Patriots WR's and offense they have had multiple years more to do it and have and continue to do it. The 2009 offense with Brady was completely stymied way to often and until Brady and company prove otherwise in 2010 we can't assume they won't have similar games or half's in 2010.
3) Josh McDaniel's vs. Bill O'Brien?
4) In 2007 all 4 top receivers were multi year NFL veteran WR's allowing for a greater possibility to come out of the proverbial gate firing on all cylinders. 2010? Well if Holt ends up being one of the top 4 this year then we will have 3 veterans but its possible that Edeleman, Tate, are ahead of him on the depth chart. It's just all unknown right now until the real competition starts. If they have more youth in the mix at the top then chances are they may start a bit slower but gradually getting better through the course of the season as they gain more experience. To top or come close to the record setting 2007 numbers a team has to start the season hitting on all cylinders and never slow.
5) Strength of schedule. On paper the 2007 team schedule was moderately difficult. The 2010 team faces a much more difficult schedule and tighter division right now, on paper.
6) Luck. Every championship team has some luck and good fortune go its way during the run to the super bowl. Turn overs, bounces, calls, etc. I am sure I was one of the few complaining about Brady's decision making during the 2007 season since it kept working. Honestly in my opinion Moss and Brady had horse shoes up their butt during that season. The number of successful completions that Brady threw into double and triple coverage for Moss was ridiculous. Those are very low percentage throws no matter how great Moss and Brady are. You can not "expect" that same luck into double and triple coverage again, they did not have it last year in 09.
7) Health. In 2007 the charmed Patriots remained relatively healthy for the entire season. That's not typically the case every season and no one yet knows how healthy the 2010 team can remain.
There are actually a number of other variables to bring up revolving around positions and inexperience vs the age and experience of the 2007 team.
Lets also not forget the amount of tries the offense needs to get and that requires the defense to get them the ball back quicker and more often.