This. Play for the win, not to run out the clock. Particularly if the running game has made little progress all night, so running it two times is unlikely to gain the first down, or put you in favorable position on 3rd down. It's weird - sometimes the Patriots are uber-risky in their play calls to win (going for it on 4th downs to close out the game), but other times they lack the killer instinct. It's just weird to see such differing dynamics, but it probably can be boiled down to BB versus JMD making the playcalls. BB decides whether to go for it, but not what to call on 1st or 2nd down. I'd like to see more consistency between the two.
Here's the thing. If the Pats don't run twice, and don't execute, people will bitch about them not running the ball, so if the players don't execute it's a catch-22.
The biggest issue I have with the offense is that it is painfully obvious when they are going to run and when they are going to pass. Now, I won't get too upset about it, because they have a juggernaut of an offense. But I do think that there are times where it would really serve them better to mix it up a bit more. I'm not sure I ever see a reason to be running five wide on a third and two, for instance.
So true about the pattern...Chung is horrendous back there in pass coverage.
Other than McCourty, who I think we can all agree performed unreasonably well his first year, and Chung, who was never really that great to begin with, there aren't many others, are there?
I still think McCourty is a pretty average corner, given all that he's asked to do. It would be nice to see him play with some competent help behind him. Dennard looks fine so far to me, as well. A positive of today's game was Arrington getting relegated to nickel. I think Dennard has "won" the position at this point.
Edited by Ed Hillel, 14 October 2012 - 07:52 PM.