When you look at the Pats the one thing that sticks out to me is superior coaching that searches for ways to attack that week's opponant instead of doing what we've always done, or relying on their star player. The Chin and Jr failed to do that and will watch the big game instead of coach in it.
I'd agree with this. BB was once asked about half-time adjustments, and he said something to the effect of--halftime?, I make adjustments after the first play. I'm not so sure all coaches do that, and Cowher didn't seem to do it yesterday. It was clear that he wanted to run the ball and thought he could. But the Pats brought seven people up to stop the Bus, and the game plan never changed. There were few vertical routes--like the Colts before them--to test Gay and Troy Brown. I was shocked.
Dance with what brung you, I guess, but I think he really should have adjusted.
On the other side of the ball, it seems the Pats found something in Pittsburgh's defense--the vertical route, exposing the deep soft middle in the zone--and attacked it repeatedly. They apparently didn't think they'd be able to run much, but did it consistently to keep the defense honest.
I was impressed.