Re: Per Jackie Mac..Pats defense's get much etter the 2nd half of the season..
posted at 12/11/2012 12:33 PM EST
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
1st half of season2nd half of season Opp Total YPG 390.8 381.5 Opp Pass YPG 288.0 264.3 Opp Rush YPG 102.8 117.2 Opp PPG 22.6 18.7 Opp Total QBR 68.6
(30th in NFL) 37.4
(2nd in NFL)
Not coincidentally, as the team peaks in the final weeks, the defense's performance improves significantly.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, since 2010, opposing quarterbacks in the first half of the season registered a Total QBR of 68.6 against the Patriots, which left New England ranked 30th in the NFL.
But, in a dramatic turnaround, the Total QBR for opposing quarterbacks over the second half of the season dropped to 37.4, or second-best in the league.
Total QBR is a rating that summarizes all of the quarterback's contributions (passing, rushing, fumbles, sacks and penalties) into a 0-100 scale in which 50 is average.
Hmm, maybe this defense was never as bad as a few of you have made it out to be.
Hmmm, or maybe the addition of Talib, the emergence of Dennard and the move of McCourty has had a profound impact just like myself and several others had proposed it might. When 75% of your secondary is different, that's a pretty significant change.
Or did you think BB felt everything was hunky dory and just made these drastic changes for ha has?
Either way, is it still not up to BB to make the roster moves...and isn't it still improved one way or the other? I think the roster moves are indicitive of fleshing out what you have for players and how they are utilized to be most effective from experience in the first half of the year.