Re: Belichick switch back to a 3 man front!
posted at 3/28/2013 3:08 PM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
I don;t know if anyone mentioned this already but one option would be to draft an NT this April. That would allow the Pats to move VW out to RDE, similar to how the Ravens use Ngata.
Ngata actually almost did not play the NT role in quite some time. Kemoeatu and Cody platoon on the NT role. They do not swap the two on per down basis. They swap them on a per opponent drive basis. Ngata plays both DE sides, but over the last several games, he's playing >75% of DE snaps on the right.
The only exception I have seen recently was when they played the Pats in the AFC championship game. Many times during that game, they had two down linemen (usually Kemoeatu and Ngata), flanked by, I believe, two linebackers (excluding Ellerbe and Lewis) on each side of the DTs (I have to go back to the DVR and verify this when I have time).
We can debate who that NT should be (J Williams, Hankins, Jenkins, S Williams or even B Williams). Pats could move Armstead/Love to the DE position opposite VW.
Franky, outside of Lewis, I do not see much difference between capabilities of Ravens' LBs vs the Pats'. I think C Jones can be as effective as Suggs, if not more effective, especially if VW lines up against the LT. On the opposite side, we can have a discussion, as I don't know who the OLB should be over there. Inside, a combination of Mayo, Hightower and/or Spikes can be as effective as Ellerbe+Lewis. I'd prefer that they have a quick/speedy fourth ILB for 3rd and long situations.
This was the basic premise of this thread, I'd like to sign a DT or draft a blue chip prospect who has the size, toughness and athleticism to play nose in a pinch. There might still be more benefit to playing Vince at nose because nobody in the NFL can do it better and it's a tough assignment for a rookie to master, but having somebody there just in case would be smart and having the ability to play a 3/4 would be brilliant.
Tommy kelly is hanging out there now, as well as Seymour..sey is a long shot, but Kelly would be a decent 3-4 de with armstead on the other side, or, use the draft as well to get Hankins. Hankins, vw and kelly upfront is a very big line.
i think we go Hightower amd jones outside, mayo and spikes inside. On third down we could bring in fletcher or use awilson in place of spikes.