https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg 0 0 David Anderson https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg David Anderson2015-02-02 08:54:022015-02-02 11:05:30Superb Owl thoughts
I’ll get back on my health insurance beat this afternoon or evening with Part 3 of pricing a plan series, but I’m still in happy shock about the results of last night’s game. Here are a couple of quick thoughts.
- I was bitching mightily to Loki or whatever trickster deity after the Kearse catch — not another Super Bowl loss on a WTF catch where the first player to touch the ball was a perfectly positioned Patriots defender. Not another Helmet catch, not another Manningham catch.
- Holy Shit was my reaction to the Butler interception. I don’t have a problem with a pass play at the 1. I have a problem with an inside slant to the #4 receiver. If there was a pass play, I would have thought it would have been one of the following three choices: play action to a leaking tight end, a corner fade to play on the Seahawks height advantage or a roll-out high low comination. There were 22 seconds left and a time out. The goal was to score a touchdown with minimal time on the clock. A run, time out, run combination gave them two chances, a pass, run, time-out run sequence gave them three chances. I understand the logic, and it is an aggressive logic (see the last 10 seconds of 1st half), execution fail.
- The basic philosophy of the Seattle’s defense is that they’ll more than willing to concede as a pass catching area a zone that is three yards behind the line of scrimmage to five yards in front of the line of scrimmage and outside of the tackle box all day long. That allows them to minimize deep plays and stuff the run. The bet that the Seattle defense makes is very few offenses can consistently generate points at five or six yards a pop ten or twelve times in a row. That is a good bet against most teams. It is a bet they lost. The Patriots game plan reminded me the plan that they used against the Vikings when they were a run stopping wall.
- The basic philosophy of Seattle’s offense is to be extremely efficient at running the ball inside, force safeties and linebackers to cheat up and then take a series of low percentage, high pay-off shot plays downfield. It worked. The Seahawks #3,4,5 receiving options picked on the Patriots #3 and #4 cornerbacks while the 5th cornerback won his match-ups.