For the record, I strongly dislike the Pats, Tom Brady & that dirtbag Bill Belichek. However I do respect them, as does Chip Kelly. So, what can the Ducks learn from them? Its all about tight ends baby. Rob Gronkowski set the NFL record for touchdowns by a tight end in a single season with 17. Behind him on the depth chart sits Aaron Hernandez, who finished the season with 79 catches, for 910 yards with 7 touchdowns. Before this year, those type of numbers were unheard of for the tight end position.
A few years ago, almost all plays the Pats called were 4 & 5 wide receiver sets. With Randy Moss commanding constant double teams, and Wes Welker dominating the short passing game. Now it is focused on multiple Tight End sets, they adapted & overcame the loss of Moss. I think we can apply the same thinking to the Ducks offense.
The Boston TE Party
Tight ends typically have advantages over Wide Recievers in both blocking & size as well. Aside from the likes of Hines Ward- Who Josh Huff should be spending his time studying. Also, Vincent Jackson, being one of the obvious exceptions. This is why I love seeing Dwayne Stanford signing with Oregon, who is another Wide Reciever with some size like LaVasier Tuinei. After a promising Freshman year for Colt Lyerla, not to mention the promise of Christian French & Curtis White, I expect to see some multiple tight end sets in 2012. The running game could benefit greatly from it. What do you think?