Re: WE NEED SOME PIE
posted at 1/18/2011 3:58 PM EST
In Response to Re: WE NEED SOME PIE
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: WE NEED SOME PIE : Agree with you and the original poster, this could be a lot closer than people think. If the Jests pound the rock and play mistake free they could hurt us, also if we revert back to our old ways from earlier in the season and last season with 5 wide, 5 step drops their pass rush is going to tee off. If we play a balanced offense
, I think Spikes, a healthy Mayo, an unsuspended Deadrick will be enough to beat and possibly annihilate them, but we can't come out thinking it will be easy. This might be the toughest game we may have to play in these entire playoffs, some humble pie needs to be eaten by our players for sure.
Posted by wozzy[/QUOTE]
A pass first offense is a soft offense. If Law Firm had been given 20+ carries against the Jets we would have won easily. The Jets beat us using the same formula that we used to perfection in 3 Super Bowl wins; run the ball, control the time of possession and don't turn the ball over. Instead we used our change of pace back (Woody) as our featured back, why? Because he is good in the passing game.
Law Firm was averaging 5 yards a carry in this game, the only decent scoring drive we had all day featured strong running by Law Firm, we went away from the power run, the Jets didn't. Throwing 45 times is a sure way to lose in the playoffs.
All the lemmings who spout offensive stats to show how "good" we were this season ignore one simple fact, all three facets of the game work in unison.
Power running is the only philosophical difference between these Pats and the teams that won rings. We've become soft. Last years Super Bowl with two finesse teams was the exception to the rule, not the norm, both the Saints and Colts (dome teams coincidentally) had to win out the regular season to continue on in the playoffs, the league hasn't changed at all; the team that can run and plays defense wins.
Until we regain the true grit that made us a dynasty, which means pounding the rock, we'll continue to have early exits from the playoffs.
A pass first, finesse team is a soft team; we used to make fun of Indy for the very same characteristics that some fools here seem to be infatuated with, fantasy football stats have no bearing on playoff toughness.