I really like what they’re doing defensively now. It’s straightforward but effective. The “base” package is the double nose with Wilfork and Siliga eating up the whole middle. Chandler and Ninkovich either stand or pass rush depending on the strength of the offense.
Then the subpackage interior is Easley and Jones, both should excel in this role, which I won’t call situational because that lessens it. This is the best pass rush front personnel-wise the Patriots have had in some time. It also gives Wilfork a rest.
Interesting numbers on the lighter/smaller Patriots. Something to analyze this week, but now, I begin pregaming.
a) Players weighing 200 pounds or less: 10. The Patriots were one of nine teams with 10 players who were at 200 or less. Washington had the most with 12, while New Orleans and Carolina had the fewest at four each.
b) Players under six feet: 14. New England was tied for second in the league with San Diego in total players under six feet. Cleveland had the most with 16, while Oakland had the fewest with only two.
c) Players weighing 300 pounds or more: 8. The Patriots were tied with Houston for last place with eight players at 300 pounds or more. Indianapolis had the most with 15.
What. A. Week. I try to keep this just to a Patriots football blog as much as possible, but it was hard to avoid the Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson of it all this week.
The best thing to do is just focus on the game and the team that I love and try to ignore the noise, but the NFL really needs to get it together, from the Commissioner and owners all the way down to all the players.
Moving on, here’s the best stuff of the week, including plenty of analysis from yours truly. And just to throw it out there, if you’re thinking of attending the Pats-Broncos game we’ve got something very special in the works so lock down your plans asap!
Outside of the local beat reporters, who do you think are the best people to follow on Twitter for Pats posts, news, information and insight?
Here is my Patriots Essential twitter list which includes what I think are the best Pats follows for strictly Patriots news. I do think we’re lacking some heavy hitters, especially in the All-22 breakdowns this year. Greg Bedard and Nick Underhill were two of my favorites before they moved on, though we do still get some Pats football stylings from Bedard from time to time.
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