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Really good read from Doug Kyed and I very much agree with him. And I don’t think the Pats are really that far off. After this season, they have developed some new guys on the defensive line and everyone will be a whole lot better with more of a rotation.
The biggest difference I see is in the secondaries, where the Seahawks have a collection of big corners and safeties with Earl Thomas being an elite back end defender. Put it this way, Dennard, Arrington and Gregory would not fit in Seattle.
Friday B/R column is up with some stats that really bother me…
Pats are the WORST DEFENSE in the NFL over the last four seasons on third down and giving up 20+ plays. Ick…
Wow, I am both relieved and proud to have written a complimentary article to Andy Benoit, a football writer I have long respected, that makes a lot of the same points about the Pats and man coverage that I made in my piece. It’s times like this I almost feel like I know what I’m talking about when it comes to x’s and o’s.
Everyone’s in love with the running game now, and for good reason, but the Broncos defense certainly cries out to be passed on. I think the Pats will be balanced and if they can get a lead, then they can hammer it home with the running game. Big key will be if Aaron Dobson can play to help draw some coverage on the outside.
Likely why we saw more zone from the Pats defense toward the end of the season.