Re: All is good with the Patriots Pass Rush
posted at 10/5/2011 4:42 AM EDT
To nobody in particular...
It is true but overly simplistic to lay all the blame for defensive shortcomings on the new rules and Bill Polian, other things factor into our lack of pressure, mainly the use of personnel.
Every time we make a stop on third down or at the goalline, there is a price to pay; miles put on defenders, sore knees, hurt backs etc...
Players particularly susceptible to injury, mainly defensive tackles, have been used sparingly and despite that, Albert is dinged up and Wright and Myron Pryor are already gone.
Also those big 300+ pound defensive tackles are limited when it comes to versatility, they typically only play a certain amount of defensive downs and play limited special teams. We can only dress 53 men for a game so we'll never bring more one dimensional players than we absolutely have to.
BB is saving gas for the championship run, we make stops when we have to, use personnel in spurts, but we have a good enough offense to be frugal with our manpower. Do you think it was coincidence we lost at Buffalo after losing two tackles back to back, then Haynesworth..?
The defensive backfield is stellar, they've been handed a very difficult task, hold other teams out of the end zone, "bend don't break" despite the lack of pass rush up front. Pepper Johnson isn't concerned because he knows what the defense is capable of when they put all their chips on the table.
Think big picture.