Oh boy! Now you've done it! How dare you be honest, take the time to construct a well thought out post, backed by truth and fact?!!
TFB12, Pezzy, Babe, Mt Hurl, TripleOG (Am I forgetting anyone?! - lol) will be all in here to read you the riot act.
Anyway, obviously, very obviously so, I agree with you completely. There is some strong logic behind it, but it's clear it's not enough to be used as the base of your offense.
It's an offensive, passing league where all the rules favor the offense. It made sense to tweak it in 2006, upgrade it with better personnel in 2007, but it's 2013.
1. Blows leads.
2. No, to little sustainability across 4 qtrs/Loss of momentum.
3. More turnovers through the air.
5. More pressure on our own D to hold leads where they're on the field so many times in a row, repeatedly.
It's gone too far. I thought it be easy to blame O'Brien for it, but I realized McDaniels's calling wasn't really any better, which leads one to believe there is one lone common denominator, more so than BB. It's BB and Brady. But, it's really Brady because he's the guy who runs this offense, prefers that shotgun spread, and his total autonomy at the line.
He's also the one who got hurt in 2008. He got a pass from me in 2009 where you could see he was a bit skittish, but I really felt he shook it in 2010 once Moss was dealt. He did. He just panicked after the INT and Crumpler drop in the playoffs.
Then, 2011 hit and we were back right at it. Enough. It's over.
Get him back under center. for the love of god.
By the way, you didn't need a VCR hook up. You Tube has a lot of this already. I have tapes myself, but I am not hooking up my VCR over it. lol
I know he works with a boxing training with his footwork, but I almost feel it's due to his injury, a problem he can't shake in his head, BB not demanding it more or whatever. I don't care what the solution is. It just has to stop. He's clearly way better with a run game established and playaction from under center. Not even debatable, excpet for pink helmets and new fans who just started watching in 2007.
Look at how this drive is run here:
We're a long way from Brady juking Urlacher in 2006, yes.
How can anyone deny this above video and how Brady looks today? He's crisp, deliberate, doesn't look confused, etc.
I also feel it's HARDER for taller WRs, certainly larger than Welker, to execute a route that fast and get open. In other words, Welker is an anamoly not the norm. That's why Moss ran like 4 routes. Again, these are like anamoly exceptions within this offense. Everyone else has struggled or needed time to adjust. Moss would either get a single man cover and beat it or at worst be a decoy, but it just wasn't enough. They need a run game to get to balance over the 4 trs. They always pull away from teams with massive blowout situations (think Pitt 2010) when they'e patient in the first half of a game in the traditional offense, too. It's because they've sold the run game to the D, so the D has to consider it in Qtrs 3 and 4.
We've gone from a makeshift West Coast hybrid, to a stagnant shot base spread that is clearly more detrimental to us scoring points and hence winning playoff games than the offense being beneficial.
It'a gone too far into that direction. I am not even convinced BB and Brady realize it because I seriously thought the Moss trade signified they did, but reverting back to it in 2011 proves they didn't.
This whole blaming of Ocho or Lloyd or whoever else is also ridiculous. We scare off FA WRs with this circle of trust crap Brady has sort of created on his own, too.
Get him under center, simplify it down a bit with far less shotgun. It's so simple.
Neither of these scenarios is good.
By focusing investment on better protection up front, the Pats don't have to scheme to always go quick. Everyone knows Scar is a genius, but if he had had the Ravens' line and a more patient philosophy, no one would have stopped the Pats last year.