December 20, 2016

PLAYERS DON'T MATTER:

Patriots defense goes extra Mile (Ron Borges Monday, December 19, 2016, Boston Herald)

All season long, they all knew they'd been doubted, questioned and maligned. All season long they'd ignored those doubters, worked to learn each other's strengths and weaknesses. And over the last month they came to believe in themselves and, perhaps more importantly, the plan. [...]

One can say what one wants about the quality of the opposition's offense, but when you hold a professional football team (Browns and Rams excluded) to a 17-percent conversion rate on third down (2-for-12), a 0 percent conversion rate in the red zone (0-for-2), have five straight three-and-out defensive stands and produce four sacks, inordinate amounts of pressure on a young quarterback and two turnovers (of the three Denver committed), you are the equivalent of The Great Wall of China. You are, at least this week, impregnable.

Using rotations of defensive linemen and mixing and matching coverages and personnel, the Patriots defense has grown week by week to this moment -- a moment when they had to win the game because the offense was being uncharacteristically (although not unusually here in Denver) stymied.



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