Re: Projecting Chandler Jones
posted at 3/30/2013 12:17 PM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
I'm expecting BB to draft either a 4-3 style DE, a DT, or a DB...depending on whoever is available by the 29th overall pick. If no one particularly appetitzing is available, I expect that BB will trade down, with some QB hungry team.
I have brought up the issue of the Pats medical staff, and strength and conditioning program, several times previously. Over the past two years in particular, injuries to key players late in the season may have cost the Patriots championships. It can be argued that the Pats would have beaten the Giants in SB 46, had they had a healthy Gronk...and would have beaten the Ravens last year, had they had a healthy Gronk, and Talib had not gone down in the AFC Title game, with a pulled hammie. Bad luck...or poor doctoring/conditioning? You be the judge.
I'm sure there are many team that would point to injury and say it cost them a championship, every season. The Patriots aren't special in that regard.
The Patriots defense has always let personnel dictate which defense they ran, in 2003 when Ted Johnson went down for the year they ran the 4/3 almost exclusively, but they still had beef on the interior so that it made Willie McGinest's job playing defensive end that much easier, they also played Bobby Hamilton and Anthony Pleasant at end situationally to wear down the offensive tackles on the end of the line.
I don't have anything against the 4/3, but the 3/4 has been our base defense for so long, Belichick is a big reason the 3/4 is en vogue. I don't think he'll change to a less flexible defense that only asks his linemen to rush up field if he has a choice, he didn't last season even with the four man front, you'd still see Jones or Nincovich drop back into coverage like when Rob picked off the Texans in the playoffs.
I don't know why you seem to be taking it so personally or acting like you have some inside info that the rest of us don't have, I make my predictions based on history, not because I know the inner working of Belichick's mind.
It is you who are obviously taking this personally. You have asked the question, "Why has BB gotten away from the 3-4?" All I have done is to supply a plausable explanation. A 3-4 is a good defense, if a team has the personnel to run it. The current Patriots' "D" personnel appears to be a bit of a hodge-podge of 4-3 and 3-4 players.