Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
We could have the deepest roster in the league on both sides of the ball + special teams.
Yet our offense performed inconsistently for various reasons. We couldn't run the ball in the last 6 weeks because we couldn't keep defenses honest. One reason we couldn't do this is because we have little or no quick hitting, short passing game. Another reason is that we use a lot of formations where the defense doesn't have to guess who will be handed the ball. There is usually one person who, for all practical purposes, will get the ball.
Are these behaviors by design or necessity? Not sure. We didn't evolve in these areas during the season did we? I didn't notice if we did. I think we spent a lot of time trying to evolve our down field looks -- either by changing personnel, or changing scheme, or what not.
But I don't think anyone was concerned with getting the second level off the line before the snap, or any other trick that will promote achieving consistent positive yardage for our backs. Maybe the coaches felt that chunk downfield plays will loosen up the D. But I don't think it worked out that way. I think better defenses and coaching did not change their approach very much in this regard.
Will some rookies make a difference here? I don't think so. I think the staff is pretty pleased they finished 14-5 and we'll be seeing it all again next year.
Based on all the above conversation, it looks like we're really excited about Kap improving his hit rate on the chunk downfield plays with healthy receivers. As long as he sells t shirts, what more can management ask.
Berman asked Manning to tell him the secret to their successful offrense that nobody knows about and IMHO, he was spot on.
Manning said re: his receivers, "Once they've seen how much we spread the ball around early in the season, you've got 5 guys running full speed routes every play b/c they expect the ball. That puts a lot of pressure on a defense."
Boy, hasn't THIS been an issue all year long...guys running 1/2-ass routes, not even turned around b/c their part in the AR play was over, bored, guys dropping the one ball thrown their way (concentration/cold), etc.
[ Edited by NCommand on Feb 1, 2014 at 6:01 AM ]