Re: State of balance.
posted at 11/27/2012 2:29 PM EST
In response to zbellino's comment:
If you can't see the difference in how teams play NE between this year and last you are daft.
Benny never threatened or concerned any defense NE ever presented him too. And he could never exploit the same seams that were there that Ridley and co explode into.
The addition of Lloyd, who draws attention at the edge, and Ridley who can actually take advantage of running behind these WR/TEs full time has made the offense more diverse.
In the end, though, the team record is the same. The offensive scoring (minus defensive and special teams scores) is the same.
The benefit will be when NE matches up against teams that can control the middle of the field well, like the Giants, et al. So you can't really see the difference the added versatility makes.
Btw, Brady throws more TDs on play action every single season of his career. It's how this offense is structured. That stat is no big change at all.
Most importantly, because the whole argument was structured around the "defense" being better off because they ran more ... the defense is actually worse at this point than it was last season.
All in all, a nominal total impact. But one that might be felt depending on who NE draws down the road.
After the second game this season against Arizona, their defensive coordinator pointed out that the Pat's offense was telegraphing their play calls and had been for years, the opposing defense knew when they would run and when they would pass depending if Brady was under center or not.
Sorry, did I make that up? No, that actually happened.
McDaniel's is breaking up bad habits that have formed since he left the first time years ago, getting back to ground and pound mixed with spread formations, becoming less predictable.
To some it's always the players; coaches seemingly just sit around on game day and let their players do what they will, or better yet the head coach is doing everything.
This doesn't explain how specialists in the NFL of either offensive or defensive play calling/coaching always seem to be successful wherever they go and get paid large sums of money to be there?
Nobody here will address why a 21 year old signal caller got the job first in 07' before many much older, more tenured coaches ahead of him... could it be natural talent and attention to detail?
Yeah I'll take that over the players weren't good enough, if that were the problem they would have rode Ridely through last year's playoffs, they would have rode Law Firm when he was averaging 4.5 YPC in 2010 instead of sitting him for the 1st round bounce, they would have run... regardless who was playing.
A good carpenter doesn't blame his tools and offensive ineptitude in the playoffs ends this year with balance. Can I see the difference in this year's offense, yes I can. So will you if you only open your eyes...