In the AFC Championship Game, Demarcus Ware and Von Miller embarassed the Patriots offensive line, which left Tom Brady discombobulated, bruised, and frenetic. And the Patriots lost, 20-18.
That incompetency on the offensive line stemmed from a lack of preparation, former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light said.
“It blows my mind that, really, the game was lost because of a snap count,’’ Light said on WAAF 97.7-FM Friday, via The Boston Globe. “I don’t think that they practiced their snap count at all, really, to any degree. We went into a game being able to snap silent count five different ways. Not two. Five. And in that game, I watched them on the snap count and I was blown away. You’re handcuffing your tackles, and that’s what happens when you don’t effectively run a silent snap count. And it was terrible to watch.’’
“It wasn’t the talent on the field. They could have beat that team with a little bit more preparation and doing things a little better, and it didn’t happen.’’
The Patriots fired offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo less than 24 hours after the game.
Some wondered if Patriots center Bryan Stork was tipping the snap count by bobbing his head. Broncos’ Miller, however, told The Globe Monday he didn’t think that was the case. The Patriots also threw 56 times and ran 17 times, which may have also allowed the Broncos’ Miller and Ware to focus almost solely on their pass-rushing duties.
Due to injuries, the Patriots tried 37 different offensive line combinations over the course of the season. And while they allowed no sacks against the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional game, they allowed four sacks and 20 hits in Denver.
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