I would be interested in other views or opinions about this years playoffs.I think we can learn alot by just simply watching the game and seeing what the winners do to mopve on and what the losers do to be eliminated. Here are some of my thoughts.
1.You don't need a super star QB to advance in the playoffs.Hasselbeck and Rothesberger are this years super bowl Qbs.all we here about from the media is Brady,manning,vick,mcnabb but the reality is give me a QB that doesn't turn the ball over in a big game and can pass the ball.Will vick ever get there to be known as a passing QB?
2.You don't need a star running back to advance in the playoffs.Granted Alexander is one of the best but his offensive line most running backs could run through those holes.Look at Pittsburgh they have a combination of runners and they produce but they are not the best in the league.
3.Games won in the trenches - both pitt and seattle have a pass rush and there off lines can open up holes and pass block.
4.The ability to score everytime throwing long passes is important,sustained drives also.
5.If you had your choice between a star offensive player vs a quality defense I would pick the defense.
6.Turnovers are critical,tackling is critical.We better hope the falcon's learn to wrap up on there tackles in the future.
7.Pittsburgh and Seattle have spent high draft choices on there off line..Hutchinson,Jones, Faneca and I believe a few others on the pitt side (sorry to lazy to look up at this time).
8.Playing a more physical style of football seems to have advantages over the finesse type of football.
This up coming draft and free agency it will be interesting to see what Mckay does for the Falcon's. Do we get second rate cast offs that are just bench warmers and smoke and mirrors or does he get some legit players that can hep this team. Also the draft,are the falcon's going to change there philopshy of finally draft some linemen in the upper rounds and def backs.Last 14 years they have drafted 2 off linemen in the 1-3 rounds.Pitiful!
1 - Agreed. Vick will never have the accuracy of many pure pocket passers imo but I've seen him pass well enough given protection and an open receiver.
2 - Somewhat agreed. Your back has to fit your system and be a solid runner. Your line has to be able to open some holes too.
3 -Totally agreed. Nor can a team have major weaknesses and even make the playoffs. Our secondary for example.
4 - Disagree somewhat. Balance is needed imo. You need to be able to go vertical but you also need to hit those quick outs and slants.
5 - Agreed. Defense wins championships!
6 - Agreed. This will require some replacements on defense, especially the safties.
7 - Well the best talent almost always goes first. The problem I see is we can't fix the defense and the O-Line in one season. Just my opinion of course.
8 - I could not possibly agree more!!!! We are too soft in too many areas.