Originally Posted by tony hipchest
that last post wasnt meant to insinuate that you felt he would fall on his face. just to point out that many felt he would and they were wrong. i WAS referring to that as a media driven statement and something most of the "haters" believe and you have definitely proven on this board that you are not a hater. brady has proven to come thru big time when is needed (which as youre list showed was more times than ben has faced). he really is the exception to the rule though. the only other qb who could be thrown in there is mcnabb. but then again it is philadelphias philosophy to not run the ball.
i think alot of bradys success is due to keeping opposing offenses off guard with the running game and more particularly the "3rd down back" conventional thinking would say that dillon is the main back and faulk is the 3rd down back. better than any other team the patriots mix this up. you will see dillon in there on 3rd and 2 and they pass to dillon. you will see faulk in there and they run with faulk. you can see either in their and they pass. patriots are also good at giving plenty to look at in game film and doing the complete opposite come gametime. im sure 'chick is a great chess player.
unpredicatability is key to success in todays nfl. steelers have borrowed slightly from this with the use of jerome and willie but i still hate how they call verron a 3rd down back.
I certainly agree on running back scenario.
BB is willing to take losses in the running game in order to keep the opposition guessing - like you said with Faulk running on 1st down etc etc...
3rd down conversion is one of the most important areas of the game - since the return of a healthy Kevin Faulk we have done alot better in this area.
I am quite willing to accept that Brady is the exception to the rule - I dont think any other QB could step in and do what he does for New England.
I feel sorry for McNabb - you need to at least have the threat of a worthwile running game in order to maximise your passing opportunities - and McNabb doesn't get this.
I think Andy Reid has allowed the fact that his team was/is so talented to make him think that it was actually his game plan that was taking care of business.
The Patriots have had one dominant rushing year in the last 4 years and that was when Corey joined and we had a relatively fit O-Line - but that didnt stop BB mixing it up in the other years (The Antowain Smith years)- we still ran alot - just not with any great success.
Unpredictablility certainly is important in the post-season - BB could come out and run the most vanilla schemes and the other HC's would be going loco waiting for him to do something crazy.