Re: pat's offensive line
posted at 8/31/2011 10:32 AM EDT
In Response to Re: pat's offensive line
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: pat's offensive line : This is it. In the early Brady (Weiss) years the Pats loaded up with screens. They are essential against strong, attacking front 7's. After Weiss' departure they drifted more and more toward downfield passing. Plus, they have had no effective edge rusher that was a threat to take it all the way since - well since a looong time ago. Count me as one who believes that this O-Line is no worse than what was sewed together in 01-04. However, when your OC and offensive game plan is inflexible and predictable it doesn't matter much who you have up front. Did anyone else see BB appear to be irate with O'Brien during the game? This is after O'Brien nearly ran out the clock in the Jets playoff game when they needed to go hurry-up. The biggest problem I see is with O'Brien.
Posted by nyjoseph[/QUOTE]
It's the philosophy, which has changed dramatically since Weis left. It's not the talent on the O-line, unless everyone here thinks that the rotation of Woody, Koppen, Light, Neal, Hochstein, Andruzzi, Goren, Robinson-Randall, and others from the Pats' "glory days" were the second coming of Fuzzy Thurston/Forrest Gregg/Jerry Kramer and Co. in Green Bay. All good players, but not any better than the group they put out there now.
It's the scheme....far too much spread; far too much downfield throwing; not nearly enough running plays and shorter stuff in the passing game. It worked brilliantly for 10 or 11 games in 2007. After that, teams began to figure it out.
McDaniels started the whole "spread them out" thing and O'Brien has merely continued it; and neither of them has shown the ability to adjust when things aren't working. (I'll give McDaniels a half thumbs up for grinding out a win against San Diego in the '07 AFC title game by pounding Maroney at them in the second half when their pass rush was killing Brady all day long--couldn't do it in the Super Bowl, unfortunately.)