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Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2004 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: [patriotzip] Offensive Line
***** You're right on with this, Zip! All I would add is that the additions of Watson and Dillon are going to add to the effectiveness of this well coached, over-achieving unit. Charlie will have many more options with 3 quality TEs. He'll likely make more use of 2 TE and H-back sets, and benefit from the pure level of talent increase with Dillon at RB.
***** This year's offense, despite its bargain basement OL, will be noticably improved over last year's. That, plus a similar improvement in our D, due primarily to the DL, and in our STs, due to an NFL quality punter and a healthy Vinatieri, sets us up for what I believe will be the best Patriots team ever.
***** As for your questions, I believe that your theory on the subordination of the OL's role to the complexity of our game plan, I agree. I believe that its success is because this approach is, as you term it, "unattacked". The only way that it can be attacked, IMO, is for a defense to mirror both the unpredictable plans and the football intelligence level of our defense. Without that combination, our complex offensive schemes, and the consistently good decisions made by our QB will ultimately overcome any opposing defense. It may not overwhelm an opponent throughout a game, but, when the game hangs in the balance in the 4th quarter, and a drive is needed to secure a victory, our versatility and intelligence, on the field and off, will be there to get that deciding score.
Randy Z Pierce <alaric02@...> wrote:
It seems from the manner in which our offensive line is sustained that perhaps our coaching staff and front office have come to a conclusion. Trying to build anything approaching a dominant offensive line is challenging as they are financially expensive and a single point of weakness destroys the value of the unit on many instances. The offensive line more than any group must perform as a unit to correctly handle all the shifting assignments and provide either QB pass protection or running lanes. A strong side can build a running game for a short bit but ultimately teams can readily stack to address this type of tendency. Given that it requires such a strong entirety and knowing the cost of such, the Patriots build around the strength of other avenues and seek a base competency across the board on their offensive line. There are absolutely no dominant offensive linemen remaining in this group. As such I'd wager
they are the lower priced units for this league. Money which is spent elsewhere and thus they must work around the deficiencies with the rest of their Offensive unit. Brady reading the pocket so well to maximize the use of the line's pass block. Weiss using an array of schemes to keep a defense less prepared for what might come from the group. We struggle in short yardage run attempts because the unit is sub par (imo) but overall we move the chains because we are difficult to predict in short yardage situations. We use formations which use shifting Tight Ends and receivers to outnumber the holes into which we are running. We play off our own tendencies to surprise the opponent about our attack.
So my questions are:
1( Do we deliberately downplay our O-line as I surmise above?
2) Is this a proper choic in todays NFL or is it simply just an unattacked approach at present?
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