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Thankfully we have a HC who is clear minded about this

UberAlias : 1/12/2020 10:21 am
I'm seeing all the typical threads as we do most years taking whatever happens in the playoffs (super limited sample) and making broad sweeping judgments about what it takes to win. Not surprising the hoards have taken up the debate about running the value of ball verses pass.

The problem here is that you build a team that can play to it's identity, but is one dimensional-- you're set up for failure when you encounter an opponent or circumstances that don't favor the one way you know how to win. You eventually find yourself trying to put square pegs into round holes.

The Patriots will run the ball 40 times in one game and 15 in another. They'll win in a track meet shootout one week the shut it down to a field position/special teams/defense contest the next. Their identity is, have the flexibility to adapt week by week/quarter by quarter to whatever is going to challenge your opponents weaknesses or play off your strengths. That's the mentality our new coach brings, and he's got it right. So you can forget the notion of, we win with defense, or we run the ball to win, or we air it out, or whatever one dimensional paradigm of success some of you have in your head because that's not what this team is going to be about. Thankfully. The answer is, whatever is called for ---that's who we are/what we'll be.

True, but you need to be able to find  
CT Charlie : 1/12/2020 10:26 am : link
both players and coaches who can realize that vision. Easier said than done.

And Judge himself needs to have flexibility, football IQ, and discipline to follow through.
joeinpa : 1/12/2020 10:27 am : link
Very frustrating when coaches can’t adjust from their system when it isn’t working
You can win running,  
an_idol_mind : 1/12/2020 10:28 am : link
you can win passing. You need a team capable of setting and controlling the tempo of the game. Usually, that requires two good lines. Hopefully the Giants build a team that can control games.
Great post, I agree completely  
ron mexico : 1/12/2020 10:30 am : link
The saying isn’t “there is only one way to skin a cat”
This is where Barkley can be extra good for the offense  
Giantimistic : 1/12/2020 10:34 am : link
He could run for 150/200 one week and then the next be used as a receiver in a mismatch for most of the game.
It’s not a “super limited sample”  
WillVAB : 1/12/2020 10:46 am : link
This shows up in the playoffs year after year. Running the ball, stopping the run, and rushing the passer are things that successful playoff teams consistently do.

What is odd is the minimal impact the winning QBs have had in their team’s success. Usually playoff winning QBs play more of a role in the W than what we’ve seen this year. That’s an outlier. But everything else is pretty consistent year to year.
The Titans  
ajr2456 : 1/12/2020 11:29 am : link
Two touchdowns that jumped them out to a two score lead to be able to run the ball and control the clock were passing touchdowns.

You have to get the lead to be able to play ball control football, the best and most efficient way of doing that is by passing the football.
Agree with the OP  
81_Great_Dane : 1/12/2020 11:34 am : link
This is probably going to take some getting used to by us fans though. First, it’s hard to find players who work with that approach. The Pats miss on a lot of draft picks. It hasn’t bothered them. Second, the Giants will probably be signing more guys who make you say “Whaaaaat?”. Versatile, smart players who other teams couldn’t use right

I expect a lot of anger on here about draft picks not working out, passing on top free agents and head-scratching signings — at least until the Giants are consistent winners. Winning will soothe everyone. Well, almost.
What’s also missed is  
ajr2456 : 1/12/2020 11:37 am : link
What the Titans are doing offensively is extremely rare (hasn’t happened since the 70s) and is extremely hard to replicate.

They’re averaging 6.0 YPC, piling up 200 yards with an 100% TD rate in the red zone. That’s extremely hard to replicate and isn’t a good formula if you fall behind. Let’s see what happens against KC before we jump to “the clocks have turned back” conclusions.
In my experience, watching since the '80s,  
Mr. Bungle : 1/12/2020 11:42 am : link
it's always been true -- in all cases -- that the teams that win in the playoffs are the teams that consistently score more points than their opponents.
Not sure what the issue is  
Bill L : 1/12/2020 11:46 am : link
We have the best RB in the league and we have someone who will end up being one of the best passers in the league. So long as we have a coach who k owe which tact to use for which situation/game, we will be fine.
RE: Not sure what the issue is  
ajr2456 : 1/12/2020 11:49 am : link
In comment 14774844 Bill L said:
We have the best RB in the league and we have someone who will end up being one of the best passers in the league. So long as we have a coach who k owe which tact to use for which situation/game, we will be fine.

If Jones turns out to be the real deal and we can get an offensive line we’ll be more than fine. We’ll be able to pass to get the lead or come from behind. And run to control the clock in the 4th quarter.
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