The best third-down defenses have a combination of these qualities:

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    The best third-down defenses have a combination of these qualities:

    I took the bullets below from an NFL.com article, "Breaking down 'the money down' for NFL defenses."

    The best third-down defenses have a combination of these qualities:

    » A premier pass rusher that forces the protection to slide to him.
    - Tully Banta Cain (9.5 sacks) is maybe not premier but solid.

    » A very effective rusher on the opposite side, who can take advantage of the single block.
    -Derick Burgess (5 sacks) is not very effective. I'm not sure how effective he is. (AT had 3 sacks gone).

    » A wave of rushers that can keep the unit fresh.
    -Rob Nikovich (1 sack)? Pierre Woods (0 sack)?

    » A power rusher inside to collapse a pocket.
    Jerod Mayo had 70 solo tackles and Gary Guyon had 56 solo tackles. Who is Eric Alexander?

    » A nickelback who can take a slot receiver or blitz.
    -Terrance Wheatley doesn't look like he's the answer. Darrious Butler had 3 interceptions and likes to hit so maybe he could be that guy. Wilhite is more of a matchup corner and tackling isn't his forte. I didn't see enough of Kyle Arrington but I hope he could also be that nickle blitzng corner.

    » A matchup corner that can handle an elite receiver.
    -Leigh Bodden who may be gone is the number one corner and the Wilhite who we all have so much faith in.

    » A creative coach that knows when rush or drop back in coverage.
    -I guess in BB we trust

    » A front office that knows how to find the talent to build an effective third-down unit. Every bit of the formula is required to be a top third down defense.
    -This I have a problem with. I think the Pats have accumulated some very good players the past 3-4 years but Mayo has been the only standout. I'd like to see a turnaround where bunches of players introduced together play well and form a nucleus rather than relying on everyone's cast-offs every year. Its bound to come around though right?

    The author didn't mention safeties but I think the safety stable is strong. Some of these players have the potential to be stars. Great safeties can take over games assuming there's competent and complimentary coverage.

    As you can see from above the Pats are lacking a premier pass rusher although Banta-Cain looks good but not great. There isn't a very effective rusher on the other edge. There isn't a credible wave of rushers to keep the unit fresh. I'm all for specialists here if that's what they need to do and granted they can play special teams. Both the nickel backs have tons of upside but neither is going to start on every team.  They absolutely have to get a great cover corner and my wish is that is their top priority since I don't think they'll find a great pass rusher. Come on Uncle Al we'll give you back Moss for Asomugha.  We've probably got the coach and front office but there are some holes to fill.

    Bend but don't break and in BB we trust.
     
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    Re: The best third-down defenses have a combination of these qualities:

    So NLF.com figured out that all you need on 3rd down are elite pass rushers and elite cornerbacks?  Silly Patriots, never getting any elite pass rushers or cornerbacks, what with them growing on trees and everything. 

     
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    Re: The best third-down defenses have a combination of these qualities:

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    And let us not forget the two most important ingredients,

    Heart & Desire!
     
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    Re: The best third-down defenses have a combination of these qualities:

    Here's the problem with using overall stats...

    How many of those sacks were against good teams?

    You can be a terror against the Bills, but if you can't beat good teams, you're not relevant. The Pats have taken the first big step for a team in decline: the inability to beat good teams. It's been their problem since SB 42.

    EDIT: How can anyone trust a coach who sticks with Dean Pees for 4 years?
     

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