Re: Real issue with Pats offense
posted at 1/27/2014 11:24 AM EST
In response to Pats-bilbo's comment:
No matter who the receivers are, who the running backs are the play of the O-line determines the success or lack of success of the Pats, especially in the playoffs.
If you look at all the AFC title and superbowl loses you will see that the reason the pats lost was mostly due to the O-line getting manhandled and the Pats struggled to give Brady time and run the ball.
You can say that Brady missed an open receiver or a reciever dropped a ball but the fact is that when the O-line dominates or at least controls the D-line and Linebackers of the oppostiion, the Pats have a much better chance to win.
Same can be said for the D-line also, when we get no pressure on the quarterback the D-backs have a hard time and usually fail. The games the Pats loose you will see little impact to the opposing offense by the D-line.
I think the key to building the team next year and for years to come is to find the key O-line and D-line players.
We need impact players on the D-line that can disrupt the opposing O's game plan. We need some better impact players at DeT and One End. We need to put pressure on the opposing D's offense and force them to be uncomfortable.
With time and a little space, the Offenses skill positions can hurt the opposing D. Of course having better receivers and healthy Gronk make it easier, but even with the people we have, if Brady has time, he will kill the opposing D. So not saying we don't need improvement in skill positions, only saying that If the O-line was better in big games we would have a much better chance of winning.
This has probably all been said before, but for this off season, I would really like to see Pats iimprove their O-line and D-line. They are not the glamour picks but they are essential to us winning big games. When the lines are playing solid and pressuring the opponent we are winning no matter the receiver or DB.
Hope that the new O-line coach can build a mold a more dominant group and that GM BB gives him some better tools to build from. Scarnecchia was a magician and made every player better. BB needs to get the new guy some better players.
Unveiling the All-Bruschi TeamTedy Bruschi [ARCHIVE ESPNBoston.com | January 24, 2014
When you look around in the huddle and the game is on the line, you want players who are fighters next to you.
Bigger, stronger, faster doesn't apply. I've seen plenty of those guys wilt when the pressure is at its highest.
What are you going to do when facing adversity and a play needs to be made? The second annual All-Bruschi Team recognizes the players who made plays for their team in those situations throughout the 2013 season.
You won't see many of these guys, if any of them, on TV commercials. Not yet. But they are the backbone of their team, players that I truly enjoyed watching this year. They aren't highly celebrated, but they're the flag carriers you need in order to win games.
OFFENSIVE LINEMENWHY THEY MADE THE TEAMNew England Patriots
Offensive lines are usually the closest positional groups on a team. They win together and they go down together, so I'm recognizing them together. The Patriots' offensive line did it all this season. The Patriots were ranked in the top 10 in rushing and passing, and it starts up front where, after the ball is snapped, if there's a breakdown along the offensive line the play has no chance. This offense is complex and this line has had to change its identity on a week-to-week basis. Whatever game-plan coordinator Josh McDaniels dials up, this offensive line can adapt. Put it all together and this is what you get: The gritty play of center Ryan Wendell, the aggressiveness of left guardLogan Mankins, the workmanlike play of Dan Connolly, the keep-it-loose bookend work of left tackle Nate Solder and the resilient Marcus Cannon at right tackle. They overcame the loss of right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and Mankins even moved to left tackle to cover for the injured Solder against the Ravens in Week 16. This group may have been the most valuable unit of this team, but don't ask them. They'd rather just drink a brewski.