Re: Pats should consider a return to a ball control offense...
posted at 7/5/2013 1:20 PM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to Bustchise's comment:
The morons who are proposing this "ball control offense" are completely ignorant to the clear advantage that points on the board gives to a defense and very frequently results in turnovers as the opposing offense becomes more predictable. In addition, it is proven that teams that "establish the run" do not win. Teams that are winning run to seal it. If you can't run sucessfully when the other team knows you are going to do it, you are not a very good running team.
From 2001 through 2004, nobody cared how many points we won a game by, only that we won.
Only a moron could dismiss or be blind to how self destructive it is to your defense in having your offense go three and out over and over, to trot your defense out there again and again to wear down, so that by the fourth quarter they are gassed because your offense can't mount a time consuming, first down churning drive.
Not to mention that teams have been game planning against us for the past few years as a pass first team, so much so that an opposing defensive coordinator called us "predictable."
But hey, what do results matter, as long as you win your fantasy football league I guess that's all that matters...
Actually, giving up some long drives late is fine if the offense is able to put scores in return.
The much heralded D of 2001 gave up 3 points in the first three quarters then could not stop a nose bleed in the fourth. Rams scored 14 on that Q.
vs. CAR, NWE gave up 10 points in the first 3 then gave up 19 in the last quarter.
Pats still won because despite those offenses being not as prolific as current day Pats, they found ways to show up big when pressure was on - i.e., when their D finally caved.
Oh yeah, even those top-ranked Ds eventually caved in the fourth. But I guess nobody remembers those parts of those games.
vs. PHI, it was slightly different. Bottomline is Pats scored the most points in the fourth, to put the game away.