Re: Run Blocking
posted at 1/1/2014 12:22 AM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Well, if cle, cinci, and miami were better against us it didn't show in the rushing results.
Cle held our power runners to 16 carries for 77 yards a 4.8 ypc average. Was cle really better against the run? Or were we busy passing fifty two times? Hey, lets give us a break here, as we were down by an insurmountable 1 score in the 1st half.
Miami did mop the floor with our running game. 19 carries by blount and Ridley for 81 yards, a paltry 4.3 ypc. Some would call that pretty good but not to us. We did manage to get off 53 pass att's against the team who let up the 3rd least passing tds this season. The disparity in passes to runs is probably due to us leading for over half the game.
Then of course we have Cinci. They held Blount and Bolden(rid benched) to 17 carries for 75 yards.4.5 ypc. It was a rain storm, like the recent pats ravens game. We did go ahead and throw 38 balls for 18 completions a 5.6 yards per catch, 1 interception and 4 sacks. Brady had a 16 QB rating. We were only down by 3 for most of the game.
Could these be games where we fell back on Brady when we really didn't need to? What if we used the same plan that we did in baltimore where we actually were less effective with yards per at 4.2 on 31 carries for blount and rid? Might we be 13-3 and looking at home field through out?
Running helps our offense. We have the best o line coach in football, run the ball! No, don't run only, dont even run more then pass unless the situation calls for it like the last 2 games, but don't throw 55 times to 18 runs and expect to win, without any redzone threats. happy new year
Champ, believe me, our coaches know what they are doing and they don't just pass willy nilly like you seem to think. Really, you've got to stop just looking at end-of-game averages and run-pass ratios. They can be misleading. Look instead at actual runs. Are they getting a high percentage of runs of 5, 6, 7 yards like they were against Buffalo? Or are a large percentage of the runs for either negative or minimal yardage? If the latter, the running game is not working well, even if they break a few for longer yardage and thereby pull their average up.
I watched the film of all those games. Believe me, there was a noticeable difference in the productivity of the running game between Buffalo and Cinncinati. To run effectively and run alot you need to avoid long yardage situations. If you keep finding yourself in those long yardage situations, you're going to pass more. It's necessary to get first downs.
Belichick and McDaniels really do know how to game plan and call plays. They are doing the right thing. Sure, they'll maybe make a questionable call on a play or two a game--no one's perfect--but there's no systemic problem with the play calling or the run-pass balance. These guys are good. Really.