Pats' title defense can't compare
- Todays article by Kevin Mannix is one of the better
articles I have read recently about the Pats and their
defense of the Championship.
Specifically, the defensive line improvement! I don't
expect anyone to be able to run on the Pats this year.
Steve Martin is a huge improvement over Brandon
Mitchell. Bernard Holsey has beaten out the starter
from last year (Jace Sayler) for a backup position.
Sayler is now on our Practice Squad. The progress of
Richard Seymour is well documented, and his play in
the Super Bowl,(I loved the one on All-Pro Adam
Timmerman where he just shoved him aside to get to
Warner)was a preview of great things to come. Rookie
Jarvis Green looks like a player, they added another
veteran who "gets it" in Rick Lyle. They named
Anthony Pleasant a captain which is an indication of
what he means to the other players. Willie McGinest
is healthy and has been moved between the LB and DE
positions. Bobby Hamilton is steady, unspectacular
but deadly effective in stopping the run and
disrupting the offense.
The play of the secondary is well known. With the
improvement on the D line, the defense will keep us in
every game. Bottom Line is Defense wins
BTW - pre-season stats - Pats 1st D gave up only 1 TD
in 23 series against the 1st O of other teams. That
came in the second series of the 1st game. Steve
Spurrier and Washingtons Fun and Gun offense is still
trying to find out where the Pats defenders are coming
from. I particularly liked the 2LB/3S alignment used
by the Pats. A different S was blitzing on every play
and the offenses could tell where they were coming
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