Re: The Biggest Postseason of #12s Career
posted at 1/6/2014 2:02 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
In response to patsbandwagonsince76's comment:
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
Well, kids, the time has come. It's that time of year, where you know that Brady will have a dynamite Divisional Rd and only a complete meltdown like he had in 2010, is stopping the Pats from playing in the AFC Title Game again.
I cannot think of a bigger turning point in Brady's career. He's been brutal in 3 straight AFC title games at home, but great in 2 straight divisonal rds at home, with 3 upcoming on Sat night.
The question is: Is it better for Brady to play the AFC Title game at home, where we should be rooting for SD this weeK? Or, does Brady need to slay the dragon on the road, against Gomie and Welkie, with all the pressure on them in Denver?
Does not matter this year. Because of the running games success it has been essentially taken out of TB's and McDaniels hands. They cannot err of the side of passing before the other teams defense is totally stacked against the run as they have a dominant running game, it has been demonstrated, they have to use it!
Counting number of run plays vs. pass plays does not show a teams commitment to the run the fact is in all those other playoff games you mentioned the other team was tight on every reciever off the line and pressuring Brady..he had no time and was getting hit, of course he did not play well, think they did try to run some but it never forced the Ravens, Jets, Giants ..etc out of their base defense. The bad luck was NE was paired against some of the few teams that could actually do that against there offense. Really committing to the run would have helped quite a bit in those games..but then again maybe the running game was not good enough any in those years.
Might actually be a godsend that the pasing game has gone down a notch this year as much as the running game has improved. Easier for them to resist their pass happy tendencies.
The counting of the pass/run plays is really nothing more than a metric to use as a backdrop after I did a lot of research and realized why the Pats were losing those games we all talk about in the past.
I know you are a very intelligent fan and generally agree with me anyway, but your first paragraph is how I feel as well, which is why I have confidence.
But, I readily admit, there is a part of me that still wonders if that time in the game comes, say end of 1st 1tr or 2nd qtr where Blount or Ridley/Bolden have like 3 or 4 carries total on the first two drives and Brady and McD go into that shotgun.
IMO, I think Ds try to bait them into using it as a strategy, knowing once the trap is set, they can slow the offense, then dictate by not even caring about the Pats' run game, but just throwing the entire approach at the Pats passing game.
So, will Brady and McD not take the bait and just keep running it in a balanced way?
We disagree on WHY the run game wasn't working. We never committed to it in all those games you just referenced. Go watch the first halves of any of those games, save for last year's title game, and you'll see the run game abandoned by the 2nd qtr simply because the offense didn't put up 14 points in the 1st qtr.
It's the truth.
So, would you rather Brady and the Pats go on the road to excercise the demons or do it home vs SD?
SD's D is better than Denver's, IMO, so the idea would be thin air and noise being a factor, but I actually think Brady and BB relish those situations.
You did not see 6-10 runs in a row back with McD I but we did this season with McD II which makes me hopeful. I do see they know the meaning of establishing the run now and I think Brady knows how much it offloads pressure.
The home/away stuff...just posted above..home is superior, the Pats / TB / McD can use the run or not both home or away. Rather them play home and against a team they have not seen and beaten, this good coaching trumps in those situations, although I must say seeing that Broncos game again...they dominated them..just unfortunately staked them 21 points.