Good stuff from Rich Hill at PatsPulpit, illustrating the Pats decline in short yardage situations. Like most anyone, including Rich, I’m surprised at Sammy Morris’ numbers in those situations, but as Rich points out, much of this is attributed to the quality of the interior linemen.
The decline must be directly linked to the transition from Mankins-Koppen-Neal to our current Mankins-Wendell-Connolly. This is obviously a point I’ve hit on a lot this offseason - the need to upgrade the interior OL for the long term. I think they need to spend at least one high-round pick at G or C.