Re: HAYNESWORTH traded to NEW ENGLAND...
posted at 7/28/2011 5:19 PM EDT
In Response to Re: HAYNESWORTH traded to NEW ENGLAND...
Laz very good break down. That's the Pats D system I was trying to explain to Z but couldn't put it nearly as elegant as you put it. Just imagine Roth opposite Cunningham in that system and drool
Posted by PatsEng
PrLaz and PatsEng. You guys are spinning your wheels over nothing I don't need 3-4 defense explained to me. I have actually written plays in 34. I'm fully aware of the Patriots Fairbanks 3-4 pedigree ... but you are grossly oversimiplifying. NE isn't two gapping all the time, all lineman aren't called on to two-gap every play. It is play specific, and NE has personell packages, even on the line, to cover every scenario ... I mean how many times have we seen Mike Wright on the line or Jarvis Green on the line ... they are single gapping, and Seymour would single gap all the time himself. Any time you run a stunt, you are single gapping. Anytime there is a blitz from any direction except corner, the lineman next to the blitzer is single gapping.
The differences Laz is talking about are overstated. You can two gap in 34 or 43. You can have one lineman two gap with two others not two gapping. 90% of the x's and o's drawn up in this thread are a waste compared to my original point that NE runs more 4 man fronts than Washington, and run more than enough four man fronts to get Haynesworth his reps.
You can talk about assignments, gaps, and other minutiea, which I know very well, but it isn't germaine to my comment. As Ken Rosenthal notes for PFT: "the Pats use a 4-3 front roughly half the time. Thus, Haynesworth likely will be a part-time player, but he possibly will be in the alignment he prefers 100 percent of the time that he’s on the field." And Rosenthal is probably adding the nickel four man fronts with the proper 43 fronts NE runs.
That is my only point. Add the nickel subs, the 4-3 subs, plus the amount of time that BB shows 34 and is actually playing single gap responsibility, AND the fact that Haynesworth is shifting outside, where he will will play five technique and Haynesworht is a happy camper. In total shifting between 3 tech and 5 tech (where he was dominant last season) will clear up his issues with the period in time where Shanahan stuck him at zero, and played him for sixteen snaps prompting the famous line 'I guess I'll have to get used to it," and his eventual suspension.