Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***
posted at 4/16/2011 8:00 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : Faucet, This is great stuff you bring up. I do agree that the more pressing need is OL. It just is not apparent from how they played last year. Yet, it is important to anticipate what the issues of the next season are, not last year's. I have said it before here, I would not mind picking up Carimi at 17. That said, I think the front 7 needs work. Here are the TLOSS numbers over the last 10 years. 2001 - 95 2002 - 71 2003 - 82 2004 - 77 2005 - 83 2006 - 80 2007 - 77 2008 - 38 2009 - 34 2010 - 35 There is something since 2007 that has kept them from getting to the opponent's backfield as often. That's a dramatic drop. There may have been a philosophical change, but I bet front 7 talent has something to do with it.
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This is a very interesting stat. I agree there were not nearly enough negative plays behind the LOS. But I don't think it is as important as rushing yards and rushing TDs allowed. Let's look at some other interesting Defensive ranks for the Pats front 7.
10 rushing TDs allowed which was 10th best in the NFL.
1,728 yards on the ground allowed, 11th best.
9 forced fumbles, 8th best.
6 runs of 20+ yards, 3rd best.
0 runs of 40+, tied best.
36 yards was longest running play allowed, 4th best.
25.6 rushing plays attempted per game, 12th best.
99 1st downs on the ground which was 11th worst.
1st downs allowed on 24.2% of running plays, 4th worst.
As bad as the secondary was in giving up yards, it was first in the NFL in INTs with 25 in 2010. But does this mean we had a good secondary? We also gave up 25 TDs in the passing game, 10th worst. Teams averaged 21.8 first downs per game against us, 3rd worst, worst than Bills, Cardinals, Broncos and Panthers. The Pats gave up a first down on 3rd down an NFL worst 47% of the time. The Pats surrendered 12 first downs on 4th down attempts 2nd most. Teams converted 60% of the time on 4th down, 8th worst %.
The Pats D had 1,065 plays ran against them, 6th most. The Pats lost the time of possession battle too, 31:25, 10th worst.
Clearly, the D as a whole needs to improve. Getting Bodden and Warren back can only help. The D is extremely young so an extra year can only help. If the Pats can get JJ Watt or Cam Jordan, they should. If they can trade up for Amukamara, that would give us a very solid secondary. But the weakest position on D as I see it is OLB. Would BB take a conversion type in the first round? I have my doubts based on history.
The OL is the most pressing need but BB is most likely to go Defense with our first pick then he should go OL with at least two picks between 33-74.