Remember Gronk’s ridiculous touchdown vs. the Chiefs last time in 2011. You know, the one where his head almost popped off?
Ah yes, the “Remedial Offense Theory”.
I think the problem is that between Belichick/McDaniels/Brady there’s too much pride, too much success and too much belief that this is the best kind of offense to run to ever regress to a simple offense so the wide receivers can figure it out.
It’s pretty simple why this offense is the best, because it adjusts in real time to whatever the defense does. There simply is no substitute for that, especially not relying on pure physical size/speed to win.
And when you look at the problems right now, in 2014, it’s not that LaFell/Amendola/Thompkins (i.e. anyone outside of Gronk/Edelman) don’t know what they’re doing — it’s the protection and the entire rhythm of the offense that is off.
That’s what is making everything look bad. They’re not run blocking well so they’re getting into long down-and-distances, and then they’re not pass blocking those situations well.
It wouldn’t matter if Josh Boyce was running free 40 yards down the field, Brady would never have the time to hit him.
I do think the offensive game plans could use a little tweaking. The first possessions of both the first and second half were atrocious last week.
If the offensive line starts executing, the trickle down effect will improve the entire offense. Then we’ll see exactly what we have.
Honestly, I don’t think Mankins would make much of a difference. The biggest problem right now is that the guys they need to be the leaders and best players are playing the worst. I can’t get over how bad Solder was, and it was just basic stuff, and Vollmer wasn’t too far behind him.
Cannon/Devey certainly had their problems, but those would be manageable if Solder and Vollmer were the stalwarts they need on the edges.
I do think they should’ve been better prepared for this. One of the main focuses of the offseason as I saw it was upgrading the interior of the line. They had to know Mankins might not want to restructure his deal and that they’d have to jettison him.
They did look at some interior OL but didn’t sign anyone of note. So now they’re left with essentially a four tackle offensive line and that has severely limited what they can do.
Wish I could find some numbers to back this up but it seems that the screen game has been severely impacted, not to mention neither guard has the quickness to get to the second level blocking in the run game.
I think the first step is just going for it with Stork. It might not be perfect but at least we know Connolly is a solid and experienced right guard. I’d expect Solder and Vollmer to turn it around. They’re too experienced and talented not to (though I am starting to have legitimate long-term concerns about Vollmer given his age and health history - we might’ve already seen the best he has to offer).
That just leaves Cannon, who hasn’t been a total disaster. If he can’t get it going there’s still Josh Kline, who did okay against the Ravens last year.
I still believe they can turn it around, even if they have to go back to Wendell at center over Stork for the time being. But this four tackle offensive line has to go.
Good stuff as always from Mr. Bedard and it always makes me feel a little better about my analysis when it matches up with that he sees. Fully agree with all his assessments here.
And now I jump into the All 22 review of the offense, something I’ve been putting off all day. Let’s see if it’s as ugly as I remember…
Still bugs me that the offense would go shotgun on snap one. The Raiders run defense stunk. Running on the first play of the game is almost expected. How about some play action? At least I like the attempt to get LaFell going right off the bat.
Just a gross first possession and that’s disconcerting because they literally had all week to plan it.