-- John Murray, Weymouth
Kicking off a new season
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Hey, Nick, great to have you back! How much do you think the 3-4 alignment will effect our opponents in the AFC East? And considering our apparent depth at linebacker, and in our secondary, have we done enough to secure a solid nose tackle? While Seymour could always move in, I'd like to see Klecko in that role. He seems to be a good fit there. What do you think? Go Patriots!
-- Mark Koupe, East Boston
A: Mark, I think any Romeo Crennel scheme is going to confuse the opponent somewhat. Crennel doesn't get enough credit for the work he does in scheming on defense. The 3-4 allows the Patriots to take advantage of their better athletes on the field. If the nose can tie up the center, then one of the linebackers can come up and make big plays. I think Klecko can help there some, but we're already seeing Crennel move him around. It sort of reminds me of when Tedy Bruschi came up and Parcells tried him as a pass rushing end and a sometime linebacker.
I have heard that the Patriots are considering adding Larry Centers to the roster. What is the latest and what is your opinion of that move? How do you think that would effect Kevin Faulk?
-- Harvey Eaton, Bedford, N.H.
Thanks for answering my question Nick, I am a diehard Pats fan living in Florida. I am a little worried in the receiver deptartment after Troy Brown, who is going to step up, David Patten is up and down, and Branch seems to drop to many balls. And Bethel Johnson is the rookie. Who do you see making the impact to take it to the next level? Thanks again, I enjoy reading your stuff very much.
-- Jeffrey Goss, Kissimmee, Fla.