From time to time, we’ll take a look at the snaps played by defensive players, as it can sometimes provide a greater understanding of how the team is employing its personnel. A look at the snaps played in Sunday’s 30-10 loss to the Chargers:
(snaps include a holding call on Kris Dielman, an Ellis Hobbs pass interference penalty, a Deltha O’Neal illegal contact penalty, and a Ty Warren personal foul)
ANALYSIS: The Patriots played the majority of the game with a four-man line, two linebackers and five defensive backs. The two linebackers most often used in that package are Adalius Thomas and Jerod Mayo, hence the lower snap numbers for Mike Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi. … When Jarvis Green was injured early in the first quarter, that thrust Mike Wright into a more active role as the fourth lineman, as his 38 snaps were a season high. … Adalius Thomas played every snap for the second straight game. ... Of the 29 Chargers’ pass attempts – which includes two defensive penalties – the Patriots rushed the standard four players 20 times, rushed five players seven times; and rushed six players twice.