Oh, i’m not claiming that 3x running plays followed by a FG isn’t the best way to go. It makes it harder on the Pats for sure, but not impossible like I keep hearing. If you kick, and miss, it gives the Pats the ball back to the Pats on the 25 (instead of the 9 after a punt). Read more
I will say that the Weeks 11-15 DVOA of 16.0 for the Falcons is a lot higher than I would have expected, and I am not sure how to explain it because the empirical “eyeball” evidence conflicts. DVOA is a valuable analytical tool, but it’s not perfect and even though it tries, I don’t think it always tells the whole… Read more
Your analysis of Atlanta’s defense isn’t wrong overall, but it completely overlooks a highly relevant point, which is that the Falcon’s defense is very, very young and a lot of those outrageous DVOA numbers and such were piled on in the first two thirds of the season. Over the last third of the season, the defense has… Read more
No mention of the 2002 mnf opener in the list of agonies? That was when the pats were still viewed as flukes and it was billed as the steelers’ revenge game for the shocking ‘01 AFCC loss. Brady absolutely destroyed them on national TV. Pats went on to miss the playoffs that year but as a steelers fan, that to me was… Read more
Thanks, Dom. Until next year. Cheers to you as well
I think one thing that gets overlooked about Ben’s scrambling is how much pressure it puts on the opposing team’s secondary. When his line was garbage, he was so good at lumbering about which would a) open passing lanes, and b) make it almost impossible for defensive backs to cover for that long. He’s had to do that… Read more
As opposed to Bill Belichick, who is too great to be a human coach.
As much as I dislike both Brady and Belichick’s political stances, they are by far the best in the league at making sure that if they have a square peg, it is damn well getting slotted into a square hole. Coaches I’ve played under, and stories I’ve heard from other players make it very clear that this is the… Read more