Re: This is for the Putz's out there.
posted at 10/20/2012 10:37 PM EDT
Everything start's upfront, football is won in the trenches, you build your team from the inside out; I don't know how many more football epigrams I can spout.
Belichick plays situational defense, he only uses it when necessary and relies on his offense to win games for him. Why?
The majority of his budget is offensive players, have you noticed he uses the max contract guys on nearly every down?
When BB wants to, he can put a 3/4 on the field that can't be scored on, or at least it will be very tough. People have asked why Brace doesn't play often; they label him a bust etc... funny that he's still on the team, funny they don't hold the back up QB to such high standards? One man can do what Vince Wilfork can do in the middle of a defense, Brace, after that it's a bunch of solid gap stuffing D linemen, but no rocks.
In football players are commodities with a shelf life and prone to loss from damage. Each player gets a salary to do their job and paid accordingly.
Belichick learned in 07' that going for it all (undefeated) at the expense of player health left him with a defense that was running on fumes and an offense that got more one dimensional and scored less as the season wore on; they were weak by the end.
Since then what have we seen? Runningback by committee, switch from the 3/4 to the 2/5/4 or whatever it is he runs now. He relies on his offense to score (hopefully be able to run the clock out now) and his defense to cause turnovers.
A defensive backfield that ranked #1, #2 and currently 6th successive years in interceptions is not devoid of talent, especially considering we were 14th, 14th and 20th or so in sacks.
In the playoffs BB will put more beef on the field, more Deaderick, more Brace; but for now after those two, depth is thin at DT and you don't find 320 pound guys walking around anywhere.
All BB wants or needs is to be in the playoffs, sitting in the first round if possible, two healthy runningbacks who could have ran for over 1000 yards apiece had he rode them but who will average 5 yards a carry and a healthy defense that is at full strength so it can attack.
Many of you will knock this and say BB wants to win EVERY GAME at any cost etc... but he's paid to look at the big picture, while you only care about you.