Re: Pats versus Steelers - Why we Win on Sunday
posted at 11/12/2010 2:20 PM EST
In Response to Re: Pats versus Steelers - Why we Win on Sunday
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Pats versus Steelers - Why we Win on Sunday : I think the week link on the line at the moment is Neal's health and probably Koppen as he is under-sized facing the NT in the 3-4 and in 4-3 gets pushed back quite a bit. Smart smart player, but the game has changed since he arrived in the NFL.
Posted by Patriots1970[/QUOTE]
I still think you are overanalyzing it a bit. I totally hear you on Neal's health, but I can't but help notice the fans complaining about people like Light or Koppen, the O Line whipping boys, a lot less this year because they are healthy.
Last year, those 3 were all dinged up most of the year. Not an excuse, just a reality and how it ties into Brady's efficiency and how O'Brien can just be more creative with how he uses the run.
Neal always seems digned up and it's a good thing Mankins is here.
But, I still feel it's more of a commitment to the run and how the game is called than it is "Koppen is undersized and can't run block", or "Light is a turnstile".
Light needs help against speed rushers. The hybrid types like an Allen he can handle.
Freeney, not so much. He needs help.
But, if they weren't so predictable simply because they ignore the run early in the game, the idea that they can't run it or they have no run game...or...the O Line isn't good at run blocking, etc, etc, etc, disappears when they run it.
How can you go from playing well agaisnt good competition to being bad/subpar overnight?
You can't unless you are flat out old and ineffective over a sustained period.
If Neal is dinged up, then Connolly can spell him and they still can run it.