09-24-2012, 07:21 AM
Second Team and Threatening Starter's Job
Join Date: Jan 2009
Playing Not To Lose (Offense and Defense)
This has become an all too common theme for this football team, ESPECIALLY, in the biggest of games. "The fear of losing".
Offensively in crunch time:
We have one of the greatest QB's in the history of football who when operating out of the 4 and 5-wide spread offense is virtually unstoppable and when we have the ball in the last 4 minutes to put a football team AWAY, we decide we want to try to work the clock down and force the Ravens into using their timeouts before the 2-minute warning, instead of playing to WIN THE GAME and SCORING.
Stop worrying about the clock!!, it hasn't helped us in the past, it's only hurt us as the "PASSIVE" approach and the Brady-under-center, conservative play-calling, taking the ball out of Brady's hands and running these BS toss sweeps and useless running plays for 1 and 2 yards to try to take seconds off the clock is FOOLISH and it plays into the other teams hands.
The Ravens were so grateful for our passive approach last night. The last thing they wanted to see was Brady in an every down 5-wide spread offense to close out a game. Brady under center in our base offense normally means a running play, gee do you think the Ravens know this Josh ? We played not to lose the game and that familiar theme that we've seen in the past happens all over again, are we going to learn ? Our passive attempt to kill a clock fails, we turn the ball over on downs and here comes the game winning drive AGAIN. Gee haven't we seen this before.
** BB and Josh, play the for the win for once, be AGRESSIVE, use your strength, try to score using your 5-wide spread strength (Yes even with a lead in the last 4 minutes Josh), keep them on their heels and put a frigin fork in the opponent, don't worry about making a team use up their timeouts before the 2 minute warning with these safe little useless 1-yard running plays. BS !!!!!
Defensively in crunch time:
Every time we've tried to close out a game defensively, BB decides he wants to only rush 4 lineman on the final opponent's drive. In every single bad loss in a big game that we've had, BB decides to sit back in that bend-but-don't-break, "Passive", keep everything in front of you defense, that in crunch time, HASN'T WORKED !!!! and NEVER WILL !!!!!
When we needed the ball last week against the Cardinals we blitzed 6-7 guys and it worked ! We forced quick, poor throws when brining the heat. The Ravens did the same damn thing to us last night and it worked ! You have to send pressure even when trying to preserve a lead. Don't sit back, it hasn't worked and won't work going forward. Bring the heat, force a quick decision from a slow-footed Flacco. Why are you sitting back ??
Horrible game management and "Passive" execution at the ends of football games (both offensively and defensively) has absolutely killed this team in the biggest of games.
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