It’s not as if this hasn’t been said a thousand times already, but what makes the Patriots so impressive under Bill Belichick and his coaching staff is how versatile they can be with scheme and personnel on both sides of the football.
They have switched back and forth between a 4-3 and a 3-4 defensive front all season, mostly because of injuries, and have done so fairly seamlessly. In some games they play mostly press man coverage, in others they drop off into zone.
And then you have a game such as Sunday’s 41-7 blowout win over Baltimore, in which the Patriots unveiled a new running game to neutralize a size disadvantage they had along the offensive line. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.