On a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes about the offensive breakdowns in key spots in the Patriots' loss to the Ravens. To Reiss, they were indicative of a unit caught in the middle of what it was and what Josh McDaniels hopes it will be. Here's an excerpt:
Finding that sweet spot between a spread attack that airs it out (think 2007-2011) and a hard-nosed approach that can run the ball in critical situations (what McDaniels hopes to instill) has been more challenging than anticipated. One can sense some internal stress as the process unfolds.
The final two drives Sunday night tell the story. In those "got to have it" situations, when one truly finds out the identity of an offense, what did we see?
The Patriots couldn't run the ball -- a Danny Woodhead rush for a loss of 4 yards contributed to killing the drive that followed a big fourth-down stop on defense. On the second got-to-have-it drive, there were rushes of 1, 3 and 1 yards. Not enough forward momentum.