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(Deadspin)   George lives in Nashua, NH. He has a job interview at a sports radio station. Before he goes, he decides to call into a show to go on a rant about Tom Brady being overrated. Radio station then tells "George from Nashua" to forget about that interview   (deadspin.com) divider line 52
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2012-10-16 07:09:06 PM

Lunchlady: IAmRight: Lunchlady: 3.3 YPC will give you a first down every three plays.

The problem is that's not how it works in real life. And without the threat of the pass, you have no run game.

I'm not saying run it every down obviously. But having Brady throw the most passes he's ever thrown in a game and have him do it in the rain at a place like Seattle's field is just idiotic when you're getting that much production from the run.


They weren't getting production from the run. It might have been 3.3 ypc, but how many of those runs were 4 yards are more, out of 26? They didn't even expect to run well. McDanials said as much in his press conference. You can argue, at the end, that instead of trusting Mr. Bundchen to convert a 3rd on his arm, they should have run Woodhead on some sort of draw or trap, hope for the best but surely kill that last Seahawks timeout. However, it's pretty clear now that wouldn't have changed anything but take time away from Brady's desperation series that got 8 yards in 4 tries. And on top of that you're discounting the 2 runs they called that gained about as much as Brady's next pass.

Better to go with Belicheck not taking the points. But honestly, how many guys in his position, with that team would have done anything different. Going for the kill before the half really *is* the move of a champion, taking the points might be smart, and safe, but it's also the path of mediocrity.

The Patriots had a very good game plan for that defense. It worked. Welker got 140 yards and a score. They stretched the Seahawks vertically and the sidelines to create mismatches in the seam and underneath, putting a tremendous number of yards on one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. The problem is that strategy doesn't work as well in the redzone because the defense picks up an extra virtual safety in the form of the back of the endzone. That defender won't pick anything off and return it 110 yards, but it will force an incompletion on every non-superhuman catch at the back edge of the endzone. So that vertical stretching is much subdued, resulting in much smaller windows that are more difficult to anticipate, and must be exploited even earlier. You want them to try to run? They did, they still wound up in a situation where success was uncertain. So to you, as a Pats fan. It's 3rd and goal, you are calling the shots, you need points, you want the ball in the hands of your best player, the one who'll win when everything is on the line, who's getting the ball? Brady, Woodhead, Riddley? Wait before you decide, you're also stacked up against one of the top run defenses in the NFL, and they've got 9 in the box because they like to play man on the outside.
 
2012-10-16 09:01:54 PM
Seems kind of odd that a Giants fan would hate Brady so much. Their last two SB wins came against him.
 
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