Re: what happened to germaine cunnigham our 2nd round pick
posted at 8/23/2010 8:56 PM EDT
In Response to Re: what happened to germaine cunnigham our 2nd round pick
[QUOTE]^^^You said it better than I did. I am surprised some Pats fans don't know what the roles are in a 3-4.
Posted by russgriswold[/QUOTE]
clearly they do not becasue this 34 we are playing now is Fairbanks 34, Parcells runs a modified Fairbanks/Bullough 34 that resembles Bum Philips 1 gap 34.
The line we have now is too big to run the bum philips 1 gap, If we rotate the following guys (Wright, Wilfork, G. Warren) (Brace, Pryor, D. Lewis) collectively our line looks like it has 5 nose tackle and one end... Wright is the only 2 gap end on the list. Damion Lewis played NT and DT with St Louis and Carolina, G Warren has played a little on the nose but 90% DT in 43 schemes for Cleveland, Denver and Oakland... Pryor is our back up NT now and Brace looks like he lost 30 pounds recently which puts him at around 320... Nonetheless the average interior DL on this team is tipping the scale @ 6'3 330 and that is way to big for them to run blast, fires, or switches on the outside with there OLB's...
Wilfork gets moved around the line now and i have to speculate that they do that for two reasons; 1) they want him to go man to man with the strength of the opposing defenses OL. 2) He is not mobile enough for them to run twists from end to end... Wilfork is a big man so chances are it is both.
I think it would benefit the patriots to rotate there defense to the strength of the offense. At the moment the strength of the offense only determines our middle libacker positions and our safety positions.
By the end of the year i would like to see Brace in a starting role, I would also like to see brace and Wilfork rotate to strength of the opposing offense because Braces skill is stuffing the run... which makes him a pour fairbanks 34 DE because he should be able to rush when asked but i suspect that is a weakness of his.
If it is at all possible for them to play a modified bum philips 34 like the cowboys, chargers, bills and packers that would be nice occasionally.
changing to the fairbanks "bend don't break" base 34 would be acceptable when the game is in our hands late in the second half.
A more aggressive one gap style would be great in the first half though