Re: Pick 3 - Keys for the Season
posted at 9/12/2009 6:38 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Pick 3 - Keys for the Season
[QUOTE]In Response to Pick 3 - Keys for the Season : My picks are: 1) Mayo : Yes, Mayo because he is the mike in the new 4-3, which I think we will see a lot of because it plays to Mayo/Guyton's strengths which is speed and open field tackling. He is the key to dictating the D, and his responsibilities are complex. Example: since we do 4-3 2 gap, assuming run, mike is assigned center as primary defeat and must shed lead block to stop rb advance forcing cutback, etc. Guyton as Will (weakside) has secondary flat responsibility, e.g, being aware of misdirection play, etc. etc. so his gameplaying ability is predicated and rarely intuitive (as opposed to Mayo). 2) 3rd/4th WR we know what #1/2 can do, but it is up to #3 to beat single coverage or at least take advantage of it because we know Moss draws the double or deep roll, and Welker gets heavy slot coverage, and #3 must nullify this. If Galloway is as advertised and if he gets on the same page as Brady, his breakaway speed forces those options, thereby lessening wear/tear on Moss and Welker. 3) Running game NE must engender effective running game to counter pressure up the middle that other teams will bring against Brady. Most people wrongly assume blitzing as key to beating Brady whereas pressure up the middle is far more effective as it collapses pocket. Having a good running game forces opponent D to worry about gap discipline on LOS. Assuming 1 gap 4-3 D, the gaps are nullified by pulling G, so instead of ILB shooting gap, they must slant away (D gap).
Posted by patpscyho[/QUOTE]
Some people bring up the the importance of the running game, but that's historically NOT been the case with the Pats. Last year they were strong in the running game, finishing 6th in yards/7th in ave. That's the best year they've had running the ball in 10 years. For most of their SB teams, NE finished b/w 14th and 28th in the league running the ball. That never stopped them from scoring points and winning games. They just had to run the ball "good enough". That said, they have lots of decent backs and should be fine in that area (not that it really matters - historically).
3rd/4th WR (?). I think they'll be fine in that area too, mainly because of Brady. He makes WRs better than they are anywhere else. Maybe they'll throw to the TEs more this year as well. Brady will find the open man and the guys on the team are good enough to hold on - or at least as good as some of the other WRs NE's had in the past that have been much more productive with Brady than any other time in their careers.
Mayo will need to have a big year, as will Wilford, Warren, Green, Moss and Welker. For those concerned about Tom Brady's production this comming year, RELAX. He looks healthy and I think we all know he'll put up big numbers. We learned in 2007 that big numbers from Brady isn't good enough without some help.