-- John Murray, Weymouth
Kicking off a new season
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Nick, Great to have you back. I do not recall New England having a Double Barrel Defense since the days of Don Blackmon and Andre Tippett. Do you think the pass rush which the Pats can apply from both the left and right side and from the DE and OLB in combo will cause major problems for the opponents offenses? This will be very interesting.
-- Fred Rider, Agawam
Nick, I think we all know by now that it doesn't matter how good your defense is you cannot win in the NFL if you can't control the ball, by running, or by sustaining offense, unless you have a miraculous turnover ratio. How will the Pats sustain offense this season? How can they prevent the defense from having to be yeomen-like? Can Belichik open things up a bit with the new contract, a more seasoned quarterback, a creative offensive coordinator, and a Super Bowl victory under his belt?
-- Thomas P. Killay, Warwick, R.I.
Nick, How long do you think the Patriots will keep the 3-4 as the base defense considering the lack of experience at nose tackle and defensive end. I think it would make sense to have the youngsters play with at least two experienced defensive linemen. By putting Warren on the field with Seymour you have your top athletic linemen on the field, but I think the leadership and experience of Bobby Hamilton and Anthony Pleasant is needed for the Patriots to be sucessful. Maybe combine Warren and Klecko in the middle with Seymour and Hamilton/Pleasant/McGinest on the outside?
-- Eric J. Moss, Warwick, R.I.