January 26, 2015

IT'S ALL ABOUT COACHING:

How the Patriots Built a Offense With NFL Scraps (MICHAEL SALFINO, Jan. 26, 2015, WSJ)

The New England Patriots once again possess one of the league's most electric and intimidating offenses--one that has carried them to a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this offense is that it is filled with players who were once NFL afterthoughts. Quarterback Tom Brady is famous for being an unheralded sixth-round draft pick who rose to stardom, but most of his offensive teammates were equally obscure when they first entered the league.

The Patriots will line up against Seattle on Sunday with only one offensive player who was a first-round pick: tackle Nate Solder. In fact, Solder is the only first-round pick among all of the Patriots offensive players who will be in uniform. According to Stats LLC, of the 98 Super Bowl teams including this season, the Patriots are just the fifth team with only one first-round player on offense. 

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