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2018 Patriots Defense

Discussion in 'Blinded by the Lombardis: Patriots Forum' started by BaseballJones, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Saints Rest

    Saints Rest Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Nice article from masslive.com, primarily focused on the Amoeba Defense, but covering a lot more than just that.

    My big takeaway from it, is that unlike last season, where the Pats had to limit the defensive playbook, this year, starting with the KC game, they have been expanding the playbook a lot. This has made them a lot less predictable on D.
     
  2. j44thor

    j44thor Member SoSH Member

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    I was just coming to post this, excellent article indeed.

    Also just a bit concerning that McCourty is currently out with concussion. If he doesn't get cleared until middle of next week or misses the game I wonder what that does to the game plan. They likely have to limit the exotic looks they can use given he is responsible for so many calls as the article suggests.

    Also makes me wonder who NE will match up best against defensively.

    With BAL you know what they are going to run so I question how much value there is to confusing them. L Jax isn't going to be making calls at the line based on what he sees. He is going to make all his adjustments post snap ala read-option.

    Philip Rivers is going to be tough to confuse given he has seen virtually every defense there is and he has the weapons in all 3 parts of the field to take advantage of any potential gaps, esp if Hunter Henry comes back.

    To me HOU/DeShaun Watson is the best match-up defensively. He tends to let plays develop a long time and certainly hasn't seen every look NE can throw at him.
     
  3. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    This was McCourty's first documented concussion right? Hoping he recovers quickly.
     
  4. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    Belichick indicated on WEEI that they’re optimistic he’ll be good to go. Getting that from him so early sounds like good news to me. He’s rarely so forthcoming.
     
  5. Super Nomario

    Super Nomario Member SoSH Member

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    Very interesting article, and would provide more context for the limited impact a lot of the new arrivals and youngsters have had. On the other hand, we got fooled last year by a run of good performances against sub-standard offenses, only to see things implode in the Super Bowl. So I'm agnostic.
     
  6. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    He's quoted in the article. Availability is usually a good sign. Although those quotes could have been acquired last week.
     

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