Re: "2011 Patriots Defense"
posted at 7/11/2011 2:06 PM EDT
In Response to Re: "2011 Patriots Defense"
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: "2011 Patriots Defense" : Unless I am mistaken, didn't Seymour have the surgery after the 2006 January playoff loss to Denver? He didn't return until Week 7 in the 2006 season, I thought? He held out going into 2005 and then got his deal and then hurt his leg, leading to that surgery, where he never really was the same player. I think two have things have occurred since 2008 with regards to the pass rush: 1. Lack of coninuity in the secondary, making zone coverage a problem. Losing Samuel and then trying mulitple combos with weak CBs, really hurt the D in this area, in terms of coverage sacks they used to get when Law and Samuel/Poole/Gay/Hobbs were roaming. 2. Loss of veterans, allowing BB to feel comfortable scheming. I think this is why we saw very vanilla defenses in 2008, 2009 and to some degree, 2010. 2010 was getting more intricate as the season went, but not anywhere as mixed up as BB would use it later in the 2001-2007 seasons where he knew he could use schemes to confuse QBs, etc.
Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]
Regarding Seymour, my memory might be hazy because 2005 was a long time ago, but I thought that was the year he injured his knee against SD at Foxboro (the Pats got absolutely creamed that day) while blocking on the FG unit, and then he missed several weeks. I thought he returned late that season but I could be wrong. The entire defense was a M*A*S*H unit for most of that year anyway.
He definitely was in and out of the lineup all during 2006, and I think he left the AFCCG at Indy early in the game and either never returned, or played sparingly after that.
I think the improved pass coverage with the return of Bodden and, hopefully, a meaningful contribution from Dowling this season, will help the entire defense, pass rush included. In 2006 they didn't really get after the QB very well either, but the secondary, led by Samuel's 10 INTs, was very good that year, and they still ended up with an excellent defensive passer rating and one of the NFL's best scoring defenses. They crapped out in the AFC title game at Indy, but by then they were about three or four key players short due to injuries, and then there was the flu bug to contend with that week as well (not to mention the shoddy officiating).