In Response to Re: 5 minute NFL.com Article worthy of every second of your time...
[QUOTE]At the article, their analysis of the defense suffers from a few flaws: First, the Patriots have been playing prevent in the fourth quarter a great deal of the time. The defense has given up an average of 8 points a game in the first half and 7 points a game in the fourth quarter. The prevent seems to work a huge percentage of the time in New England under BB and Tom Brady. This year's 6-1 record is no fluke. If the Patriots played the same defense in the second half as they do in the first half, losing 8+8=16 points a game, everyone would say how good the defense was, but they might lose more games. Second, the Patriots manage to give up huge chunks of yardage in places where yardage doesn't translate well into points. I'd suspect that the Patriots are 32nd in the league at defense between the opponent's 5 yard line and their own 45 yard line. This is because they overplay a prevent defense at these distances. The opponent looks good on paper, with those occasional mistakes. The defense typically tightens up just before field goal range. Third, BB says that sacks are overrated. The Patriots get a bigger share of QB knockdowns and hurries. Those numbers are more spread around, rather than having one sack specialist on the team. Sad to say, but the Patriots get their share of opposing quarterbacks knocked out of the game because their huge defensive linemen bull-rush. I suspect that one big QB knockdown (Myron Pryor for example) is at least the equivalent of two little knockdowns. Why change people's minds? Let other people think that the Patriots' defense is no good. That in itself wins games.
Posted by Paul_K[/QUOTE]Paul
, I had actually wanted touch upon this (NE's Defensive struggles-particularly giving up long drives, and 2nd half scoring by opponents)...but, ya see I fell asleep halfway through writing my original post (that was for you, Prairie
get this ALL
: I was doing some side New England Patriots's Research, and I came across some forum with a poster whom made some side reference that The New England Patriots Playbook and schemes, was on the internet
... I looked, he was correct (I actually have it on my favorites menu, IF anyone wants it-don't need to download it). And guys, It's just the Defensive NE Playbook, And IT IS INSANE...it's a freakin' monster
. Now, WHAT does this mean
? Well, from a mere Fan's perspective and a person whom only played just lowly HS Football, It had never even dawned on me, just how utterly absurd in terms of schemes, and what EACH and EVERY single player MUST (and I say, Must)-Do, on any given play, so that they are each & all running as that "perfectly functioning machine" with one another
Say for instance, NE's D is on the field against Manning's Colts. Colts's are in a simple run formation which may turn out to be a play-action pass, BUT Then Manning doesn't like what he sees by NE's D, and so he calls an audible at the LOS, spreading his men out into a passing spread formation, right there...THINGS as minute & minuscule as WHERE and HOW each NE Defensive player, uses their hips, THEIR HIPS! differently, Now-not should occur, but MUST
occur. Example of what that D-Lineman sees in the form of say Ty Warren: Warren originally HAS to know, that "O.k., I'm taking on the tackle and TE on the strongside of this running formation, my buddy Wilfork will project to take on the Center & Guard on my side also. In THIS very specific Indy look, I gotta fill the gaps manned between that OT and TE, and the side most gap of that TE, so each and all the other guys can fill THEIR completely specific gaps in the O-Line correctly
NOW, audible by Manning with Warren's TE on his side lining up wide suddenly-Warren, Wilfork, and the other 3-4 DE, MUST all work in conjunction to switch their gaps...o.k.? No biggee...(lol, even though, it doesn't just affect gaps, but even the very O-Lineman of the 2 O-Lineman that each one's taking oon, must switch, AND in fact precisely how, you WILL and NEED to as an individual D-Lineman, contort your hands, body, shoulders, legs, etc., differently per O-Lineman). But say, according to this very specific play-look by Manning, there originally was an Inside Linebacker blitz...NOW, with Manning's audible, Each
D-Lineman, Linebacker, etc, HAS
to know that their will not be an ILB blitz (which ILB makes it even infinitely more complicated) after Manning calls the audible, THERE will NOW be a weakside OLB blitz (as NE's ILB needs to go PRECISELY hooking out 12 yards into the flat in a zone where he has to cover people in it).... DON'Tcha see?!! By every single play-look, THEN audible, each and every single Defender UTTERLY needs to get it correct for the system NOT to just work good, BUT for it NOT to fail terribly: What the guy next to you is doing, then gaps, then areas they're in charge of, then specific body contortions, THEN the Offense changes it once or even 2 X at the LOS
!?! And THIS IS the easy part
!The hard part comes when Belichick SEES something by that Manning led Offense on the field, and wants to add a wrinkle DURING the game, and happening many times WITHIN the game
(even a simple blitz, that in a hitherto NON-blitzing look that usually wouldn't give that Offense by what that Offense shows, THIS NEEDS to be part of the machine, with ALL the parts knowing, "That We will use this blitz...but just in this specific look & place, and I have to make my EXACT changes even though I will not be the one blitzing, but then IF an audible is called right then and there, We won't do it...but we may
..."). I ain't even MENTIONING the dependancy of how the system WILL change depending on the different "cogs" (i,e, players) within the machine (i.e. field), at any single given moment...On BOTH sides, lol. LMAO, What a Nightmare!
We often hear how the 3-4 IS more complicated than a base 4-3, and it is...
, you're correct, and has been mentioned: NE DOES
run the most basic form of a 3-4 ("Fairbanks-Bulloughs"). I've stated it before, that this form, IS by it's very nature, a BEND Not BREAK 3-4 Defense... The notion being that the Defensive Machine WILL function (IF used perfectly as outlined, and each part functioning perfectly)-That Offense may go on extended drives (not good for basic team stats, but who cares), BUT that Offensive System WILL mess up and break (turnover, incompletion, basic failure to convert, etc)...It (Offense) WILL breakdown before NE's Defense, IF the defensive machine IS 100% running correctly...
People (and me, formerly), who say, "Oh, basic 3-4 Defense in NE...HAS to be easier than other 3-4 D's like Pittsburgh using all these crazy and wacky player shifts per play, and/or Dallas's or SD's 3-4 D with things like zone blitzing, the norm...right
...Take a look at Pittsburgh's 3-4 Defense: Say on some given play in Pittsburgh's D Playbook, the scheme is called that has 1 of their 3-4 DE's dropping back into coverage, with some ILB filling that 3-4 DE spot, then an OLB on the Opposite side of the D blitzing on the same side that the 3-4 DE who ain't dropping into coverage, while their NT and the 3-4 DE angle their attack towards the blitzing OLB on their side, hoping to overwhelm the O-Line at that side. COMPLICATED as F#ck, right? CONFUSING as F#CK, right? Well it is...and it's intended TO be: Confusing, that is (I'm confused, now). But it ain't complicated...SEE, Pittsburgh's 3-4 D (like Dallas/SD), IS intended TO confuse the Offense (particularly Pittsburgh's crazy player shifting), YET-It IS a Defensively Designed Play...And NOT, like NEW ENGLAND'S Defense, a Defense that switches and makes it's crazy schemes, player movements, etc., etc., based on WHAT YOU See The Oppossing Offense doing
... Get it? Pitts' D is a gamble, a calculated cr#p roll-A Confusing play call and schematic, with all the players being on the same page and doing these crazy shifts, in order to confuse that offense...A Gamble. But It's a simple gamble, where each & every player knows the number of dice, the wager, the game being played, BEFORE it's actually rolled on to the table. NE's Defense, on the otherhand: NE's D Unit WILL switch their wager, their gameplay, their EVERYthing, based upon EXACTLY how they see NOT just the game, or the game played, but the game unfolding...
IF ya understand 1 thing, let it be this: NE's Defense IS Oriented based on what they see the Offense doing, giving them, showing them, and offering them, while Pittsburgh's Defense is some crazy good card shark, who goes into each & every wager, with a far, FAR more PREdetermined idea, on how he's gonna play the hand...no matter what. NE's Defense, IS a machine that IS an extremely highly calculating machine, based on the crazy different numbers YOU are giving it and/or showing it Each & Every Time. BOTH NE's Defense & Pittsburgh's Defense, Can and WILL Improvise....but The New England Patriots's Defense is
, at least in terms of, NE's Defense plays what They See, What is given TO them, and NOT-playing how they wanna play, the "good game" that they had ALREADY pre=planned to play AS their overall game-plan...~
The long and sho--...err, the long & long of it: NE's Defense IS
complicated....and it IS soooo very young en masse. Guys that are so not merely new to NE, but inexperienced in the Pros, too. And THIS means: Parts are just figuring out how to work well with each other, well in this new system, and Quite Specifically-This Means, that when NE's Defensive Machine sees stuff that they're trying to attempt to figure out how to deal with (at that exact moment on game-day), You Do NOT, nor even canNOT even attempt to try to overwhelm this NE Defensive Machine, by adding in a "new-wrinkle" in order to calculate this crazy new type of formula or set-up of formulas that you're seeing placed in a novel manner, by that oppossing Offense during the present gameday experience
. Give it time people, IF I can further liken the analogy: The Belichick Idea and set-up for this great & complicated "thinking" machine, is NOT new...but so many numbers of the parts themselves are new lately; Don't and even CAN'T overwhelm them at this present state as they're just learning to function within this machine & together; There certainly will need some filing of a few pieces (Darius Butler, Patrick Chung, etc.) and some bad pieces altogether that don't even fit into this machine (guys cut in training camp), and there's certainly some good pieces but pieces that do not fit this machine's mold, and we're lol WithOUT a few needed pieces (one 3-4 DE and another OLB), BUT as the short time wears on of completely RE-tooling this machine, It IS looking better & better