February 2, 2015

GOING INTO THE GAME THERE WAS ONE THING EVERYONE KNEW...:

In fight between two worthy champs, Seahawks' D is left with what-ifs (DOUG FARRAR, Feb. 2, 2015, Sports Illustrated)

New England played their hurry-up offense to perfection, and even though the Seahawks were game, it was not enough -- the Patriots kept making play after play after play. Most of those plays were passes underneath to check against Seattle's predominant Cover-3 defense, and it was Brady's will and skill that outlasted a Seattle defense that is finding it very, very tough to remember how great it has been. [...]

A few lockers away, linebacker K.J. Wright, whose struggles against tight ends continued when he gave up the 22-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski with 31 seconds left in the first half, did not move. For minutes. And then, slowly and inevitably, he lifted his head from his hands and turned to one side, perhaps because facing this head-on was too tough at that moment.


...that there was no way the Seattle man-to-man coverage could succeed if you split Gronk out wide.  And yet Pete Carroll isn't adept enough to change either before or during the game to compensate for that fact.  Tom Brady's chronic inaccuracy downfield was the only thing that kept the game close.

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