Re: more camp observations
posted at 8/1/2013 11:05 AM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
Wozzy. I disagree. I am really enjoying Ben Volin. He is putting out interesting and insightful info....good guy (dare I say kid?)
Wozzy, this is not a negative comment, just an observation from camp. Based on personel I see at camp, I fully expect the Pats base D to be 4-3. I just don't see the size and edge setters to play a 3-4. That being said, the DT position in a base 4-3 needs 4 DT on the 45 man game day roster to keep everyone fresh. I honestly do not see 4 currently on the team, assuming Armstead is not quite ready. Thoughts?
Don't know about Volin yet, he just posted an article insisting that Tebow would make the team as the third QB...
If Armstead isn't ready to go, there's a strong chance they'll start the season running the four man front again. But then again I only ever thought they would go with a 3 defensive tackle front on the first two downs or in short yardage situations anyhow.
Belichick has been running this nickel package for a long time, only the past few years did it become a base package, mainly due to personnel and inexperience. Even if Armstead gets healthy to start the season, we'd still be a little thin at DT unless Marcus Fortson or Cory Grissom is a lot better than we know.
Either way we'll always see a four man front, I just hope we put some beef in there in place of Nincovich, a four man front with Wilfork, Kelly in the middle with Jones and Armstead or Francis on the ends is a true 4/3 and wouldn't get pushed around by physical offensive lines.