Re: Rally C
posted at 5/31/2013 3:57 PM EDT
In response to ATJ's comment:
In response to RallyC's comment:
In response to ReturnofBologna's comment:
If the shotgun spread works the best for the Pats,and I am one of those posters that the problem was overuse,basically I came to the conclusion run the ball 4-6 times more a game which they did and things became worse LOL. Would some designed roll outs for Tom help, what can the offense do to not be shut down in the big games?
The shotgun's overuse in the PATS case when not in the "hurry up" is to allow for TOM to get a more time to survey the coverage pre-snap. This compensates for his poor foot speed and time lost during his 3, 5, 7 step drops as he gets a quicker committment from the D to show what they are doing and more time to evaluate. This gives the receivers and the QB better ideas as to what the option routes can be. Though a well placed designed roll out could work, its unlikely as those rolls are intended to put pressure on the edge guys with a run/pass option. In Tom's case, he ain't running, therefore, the pressure isn't there. So, no, not a good idea. What would be nice to see is if they would get back to their more robust screen packages, but with them keeping Tom in the shotgun, the D is in a beter position to stop them. They'd have to get back to Tom under center more, but then we are talking less time for him to do what HE does best, read, throw. As far as what else they can do: Mc Daniels knows better than I as I am a CB.
I understand everything in your post, Rally, except the comment about his poor foot speed relative to him dropping back. Tom's lack of foot speed is apparent to anyone who has seen him run and I certainly don't question that. However, I've always been under the impression that his ability to set up in the pocket and his movement within the pocket were really quite good. Is that a misperception on my part?
"Foot speed" and "foot work" are often confused. Tom is an absolute tactician in the foot work area. His drp back passing ability was incredible when he was able to take advantage of the timing routes. And, Tom's maneuverability in the confines of the pocket is way above average. He has an amazing ability to identify pressure, and does the unnatural thing to evade it by stepping into the pocket instead of away from the pressure. This is especially counterintuitive for a QB who had his knee destroyed. Flight away from potential contact is always the normal instinct. The key to Tom's success in the beginning was that the PAT's scheme was mostly timing. Step, Step, Step, read, read, throw. This is foot work. More recently, the D's have become more aggressive in taking the receivers "off their marks" and this forced us to revert to the Shotgun more often to allow for more time and "option route" strategies with flexibility for Tom and his smarter receivers. The problem now is that when the coverage is good and they take the receivers off hteir designed routes, Tom is exposed with terrible foot speed. Drop back good footwork, Shotgun evading terrible foot speed.