Patriots Training Camp Preview, Part 8

Welcome to part 8 of our Patriots Training Camp Preview! If you missed parts 1, 2, 3,456 or 7 click the number to check them out!

There are really only 2 linebackers I care about watching for the Patriots these days, but that isn’t how a team is properly constructed. The guys who play linebacker in this defense are also one of the key cogs on the special teams units. These guys needs to be football smart, strong enough to take on pulling guards trying to get to the second level and fast enough to chase down running backs. Let’s see who fits that mold of the guys they have in camp.

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Patriots Training Camp Preview, Part 7

Welcome to part 6 of our Patriots Training Camp Preview! If you missed parts 1, 2, 3, 45 or 6 click the number to check them out!

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Defensive End in Bill Belichick’s defense maybe the most misunderstood position on the field both by players and fans alike. The reason is twofold and both of those answers are pretty easy when you really think about it. Reason 1: The best Defensive End/Outside LineBacker Belichick ever coached was the otherworldly Lawrence Taylor. But Belichick even admits, he didn’t coach Taylor, so much as coach around Taylor to cover whatever his decisions may have left vulnerable. Which leads us to reason 2: I think this really allowed Belichick to develop, in his mind’s eye, a way that the DE/OLB position could function as a read and react position instead of having simply 2 potential responsibilities, rush the passer or set the edge. While the DE/OLB’s in Belichick’s defense do set the edge and rush the passer they also drop into zone coverage and even end up in man coverage in certain packages.

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Patriots Training Camp Preview, Part 6

Welcome to part 6 of our Patriots Training Camp Preview! If you missed parts 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 click the number to check them out!

Defensive line is a place emphasized in the Patriots scheme, not for the stats you see in the box score, but for their ability to influence the offensive blocking schemes. When the Patriots defensive lineman are at their best, they are occupying multiple blockers as linebackers and defensive ends run around after the QB and/or ball carrier. That’s a very simplified version, but it’s a very important part of the Patriots scheme, especially with the stable of linebackers currently on the roster. So which defensive lineman will do the best job? We look at them 1 by 1 here!

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Patriots Training Camp Preview, Part 5

Welcome to part 5 of our Patriots Training Camp Preview! If you missed parts 1, 23, 4, click the number to check them out! And yes we can still call it a preview even with camp going on, they haven’t DONE anything of consequence yet, like put pads on! Although this morning “Jesus Christ” utterance by BB would certainly be of consequence to some!

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Patriots Training Camp Preview, Part 1

Good Monday sports fans! It’s a big week all over the map as the MLB trade deadline is 1 week away and NFL training camps start. Where the Red Sox have already made a few deals, early in the week I am going to concentrate on previewing Patriots training camp. Today we are going to tackle the biggest of those. The QB situation….

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Week 12 Playoff Pictures

As the Holiday season is upon us there are a myriad of movies that are associated with the plethora of various holidays we celebrate. With that in mind we channel Thanksgiving with this week’s playoff pictures! These are coming from all over, some actually based around Thanksgiving and some have just become associated with Thanksgiving, so sit back and enjoy!

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So next are the division standings. God they are a mess. Then we are going to start at the bottom of each conference and work our way to top. The ranks out of 16 are the official ranking of each team after tie breakers. Retrieved from ESPN.com. Continue reading

NFL:64 Week 5

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Four weeks into the season and every team now knows that it’s good at, what it’s bad and has an idea of how to fix it. Can they fix it is a bigger question. I wouldn’t say definitively anyone season is 100% over, but for the Bucs, Lions, 49ers, Bear and Browns and the loser of this week’s Eagles/Saints game, I think it’s mostly over. Doesn’t mean they won’t win games or play teams close, but I think their evaluations have to start to shape the future of the team beyond 2015. Continue reading