Great flashback read on the Patriots’ offense since I’ve been getting a lot of schematic questions lately.
Great read from NFL.com, looking at each phase of the Patriots’ offensive evolution over the last 13 years. Can’t get enough of this kind of schematic history.
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Just an all-around impressive day in the run game, especially for Mankins, Kline, and Wendell, who helped the Patriots rush for 70 yards on 15 carries to the left side (4.7-yard average). Blount and Ridley were equally impressive in running through traffic. Of Ridley’s 54 yards rushing, 31 came after contact, an encouraging stat for someone working on his ball security. And we counted 26 yards after contact for Blount, who had 76 yards total. Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain and safety James Ihedigbo each missed a couple of tackles.
Interesting article from Nick Underhill. We had to know they’d slow down without the versatile and experienced crew that they had the last few seasons. Maybe things can start to pick up a bit here at the end of the season.
Really great stuff from Nick Underhill, putting some hard numbers to the sacks this season.
A faster trigger would likely deter some of the sacks, but this aspect of the offense isn’t the chief culprit in this dilemma. After reviewing the 26 sacks, it appears that seven were the result of quality coverage from the defense and two were the result of Brady’s indecisiveness. The rest were either the result of a blitz or the result of spotty play by the offensive line. So, to a degree, Belichick is correct in his assessment that the letdowns can be traced back to all elements of the offense. But while facing a bunch of quality pass-rushing teams hasn’t helped, it appears Mankins was closer to the mark when stating that the offensive line needs to become more consistent.
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