Re: How Did We Win 3 SB's Without A Vertical WR?
posted at 1/22/2013 1:38 PM EST
IMHO, they are still trying to defend the way that won the SBs for NWE, but that approach has not been effective in today's game. They are unable to implement that defensive scheme fully, otherwise, they'd be penalized a lot.
The recent defensive failure is more an outcome of BB being slow to adjust to the changes in the NFL since 2005-2006. They figure out what they thoguht they needed to do on the O, thus bringing in Moss and Welker. But I don't think they've figured out how to defend well in a passing league.
People here talk about the D's lack of talent. I say, the Pats have more talent than back in the SB-winning days, but they have a lot of talent for that day.
1) They have DTs who are more about standing their ground against the run than rushing the passer.
2) In Spikes, Hightower and Mayo, they have big LBs who can defend the run, but are slow against the teams with more dynamic passing offenses.
3) They have quick CBs, but are too small to win high balls against WRs who are getting taller each year. Not to mention they are being instructed to not look at the ball, so they now get called for PI.
4) Safeties who are more about hitting the RB than covering a lot of ground or than not getting outrun by the WR (Chung). It's great to have someone who can hit the RB hard, but covering a lot of ground is probably more important now.
Note, the composition of the team will work well against perhaps 20 of the 32 teams in the NFL. It will struggle against the top 12 teams, because those top 12 teams tend to be the ones with the better QBs, therefore the more dynamic passing offenses.
That said, they are not too far off from filling the holes.
1 DT, an upgrade over Love (IMO, Love > Deaderick)
1 CB, 6 ft or more, and can stay healthy enough to play more than 13 games.
1 quicker (even if smaller - i.e. 230-240 lbs), to be used against teams who emphasize pass over run