Really think the defense will look a lot better once Dennard is back in there full time. He’s really been underrated the last two seasons, and not far behind Talib. They also need better pass rush from their sub-packages. I love Andre Carter, but wouldn’t mind seeing Michael Buchanan get back in there with another shot. Pats need to do something different on third downs this week.
Sad but true:
Add it all up — backups subbing for Pro Bowlers, defensive backs struggling through injuries and having too many communication errors, and the front four not getting to the passer — and you have a defense that has allowed 414 yards and 28.6 points over their last five games.
Love when Matt Chatham busts out the diagrams.
Love this new Bruschi defensive index, really another quality ranking system like DVOA that goes beyond simple yardage allowed.
Pats are down to 20th, 3rd downs are their trouble spot (30th). Red Zone is below average as well (20th).
Wow, Patriots with their best pressure performance of the year I believe? 3rd overall with 12 hurries and 9 QB hits and 1 easy sack. Still only faced the third-fewest pass snaps so that upped their ranking a bit.
Great one from Nick Underhill…
In all, the Patriots have used 34 different combinations of players on the defensive line this season. The most popular grouping has been Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Chris Jones and Vellano, who have logged 275 snaps together playing on the defensive line. The most popular three-man line has been Chris Jones, Vellano and Sopoaga, who have played 68 snaps together.
Good tweet from Matt Chatham showing how the Pats sold out against the pass and let the Broncos take what they could on the ground. Forcing continued execution and not allowing any big plays is “bend, don’t break” at its finest.