Originally Posted by NEM
BTW, both the Colts OC and offensive line coach, each have over 30 years experience in the NFL, which is more than Josh's age.
So that only proves that Dean Pees was outcoached by guys with 30+ years experience. Yeah, remember Dean Pees? Does anyone? He's that OTHER coordinator who's side of the ball truly collapsed against Indy. Actually, his D had been slipping throughout the playoffs, while McDaniels' offense improved during the postseason.
Points (allowed/scored) against Indy (Week 9 & AFC title game)
NE Offense: (20 & 27, +7)
NE Defense: (27 & 38, -11)
OFFENSE improves, DEFENSE declines against Indy
PPG (allowed/scored) - reg season & playoffs
NE Offense: (24.1 & 27.0, +2.9 ppg)
NE Defense: (14.8 & 25.0, -10.2 ppg)
OFFENSE improves, DEFENSE declines in the postseason
PPG (allowed/scored) against winning teams (reg season & playoffs)
NE Offense: (16.4 & 27.0, +11.6 ppg)
NE Defense: (18.2 & 25.0, -6.8 ppg)
OFFENSE improves, DEFENSE declines against winning teams
The truth is, if the D had managed to just play at the level it had during the regular season, the Indy game would have gone our way. In past seasons, the D would always step up its play in the playoffs (especially against the Colts). This year's offense put up the highest ppg of all of Belichick's Pats teams in the postseason...and the defense allowed the highest - where was our weak link again?