But what I think they've done or did in NE was design an offense around Brady's strengths (mainly him from the neck up) that revolved around Brady. And I'm not saying that if you just put another Charlie Weis around Ryan, he'd automatically be Brady. But I do think there is still A LOT of room to grow for Ryan.
And I think what happened in New England post-2004, was that they built a scheme and offense that put the onus on Brady to win them football games, and designed an offense around the ability to throw the ball. And while they did not abandon the run ever really during that time, with guys like Corey Dillon, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, etc. they ran the ball primarily late in games to salt the game away.
This is sorta where my thought process has landed. But other than the above benefiting Ryan from a mental standpoint (his biggest strength imo), but his arm. I had shy'd away from harping on it like many, but its definitely an issue. You're right, we do throw outside the numbers a TON, but even those have to have proper blocking for Ryan, plus he's really gotta put more into it than that throw should require. If theres pressure, or he didn't get a good preread, then he simly doesn't have the arm strength to overcome. He's not fitting much beyond 15 yards into any tight windows. His downfield passing was the WORST in the league this year, yes Tebow was even rated higher. Stop and digest that one for a minute. The hail mary prehalf time of the NYG game was pathetic, I actually cringed watching him wind up, baseball crow hop style...only to see these, what I call fairy floaters barely make it to the goaline. So naturally we traded up to get an explosive jones, who he cannot hit to save his life. So where does this lead us...
Copy the Patriots offense, or the old WCO truer Walsh sense, short, conrolled passing game. Ryan can do what Brady does, although I do think Brady's arm is a level above Ryan. Use his brain and short throw accuracy, his two biggest strengths, preread, take whats given. Now what we're missing to accomplish that is a better oline and an heir at TE. Let the heir at te get gonzo's knowledge this year, then turn around and grab another next year. Then we can scheme people to pieces. A two TE offense, I don't think theres another package in football that lets you motion, scheme more than that base offense. Which is why Belichick runs it, to take advantage of his ability to scheme/gameplan, and Brady's two biggest assets (same as Ryan), brian and accuracy.
Does anyone not think we need to switch to a shorter, controlled pass game that actually suits Ryan's true skill set?
Julio is simply gonna be a lot more affective running those drag routes (the one he blistered for a score a few weeks ago), than 9 routes. Then you're actually getting your money's worth from two of your biggest assets. I still think TD was to dumb to marry the thought of the players skill sets (esp Ryan), vs. what scheme we run and how you draft for such. To me his luster has worn completely off, but he does have a new opportunity with what directions we go coordinator wise.