Originally Posted by 76Texan
Do you know, for example, that they had lined up the RB Vereen out wide the last game just the same?
We had Barwin on him the last time.
If you want to say adjusting, then, this time we had a different guy on him.
The Texans chose to have a different guy on him (an ILB vs an OLB.)
Nothing new from the Pats there.
You should sing Wade for his "adjusting", yeah?
76, I fall somewhere in the middle in this larger argument. However, I must make a couple points here:
Given that our linebackers are all either DE converts or 30+ year old has-beens, don't you think the Texan coaching staff had already signed their death warrant by exposing those guys to man coverage almost every snap of the game?
And, not only that, but Tom Brady and the entire New England staff went into the game (and the previous game) knowing that they could count on almost exclusively man coverage- and therefore game plan and call plays to consistently exploit very favorable matchups.
** How about hiding those guys in a zone sometimes. Heck, even if the zone is not particular effective, at least it can potentially create doubt or uncertainty in Brady's head, the receiver's head (possibly effecting his route), and/or the playcaller's head, making man coverage more effective and/or blitzes less telegraphed when the defense is spread out.
From my perspective, this is why the game was over before it started.