Patriots: Scouting The 49ers offense and defense

October 24, 2020

The Patriots host the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday in a game that features the greatest coach of all time in Bill Belichick and one of the best offensive coach’s in the NFL today in Kyle Shanahan. When you look at the 49ers, you see how they were influenced schematically. Offensively, the 49ers take after Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos teams. They want to run the football and be balanced as…


Patriots: Scouting The Broncos Offense and Defense

October 18, 2020

The Patriots and Broncos will finally meet at Gillette Stadium this Sunday. After two weeks of uncertainty surrounding positive COVID-19 tests, the two long time AFC rivals will meet again. Broncos coach Vic Fangio is in his second season as head coach of the Broncos. Fangio is a defensive coach who made his reputation as a long time coordinator. His defenses are known for being multiple and he does a…


X’s and O’s: The Patriots conceptual influence on the Buccaneers offense is obvious

October 11, 2020

Photo courtesy of MIKE EHRMANN, GETTY IMAGES When Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers in March, we wondered how he would fit in the Buccaneers offense. Bruce Arians offense is predicated on running the football out of 11 and 12 personnel and throwing the ball down field in the intermediate and vertical passing game. People questioned whether or not Brady still had the arm strength necessary to play Tampa’s offense….


X’s and O’s: Breaking down the Air Raid from the beginning to now

October 3, 2020

Image courtesy of Sean Gardner/Getty Images The Air Raid. An offensive system synonymous with scoring. A system that has taken the football world by storm the last 25 years. Notice I said system. The Air Raid is not an “offense” per say like the Spread, Wing-T, Flexbone or Wishbone. The Air Raid is a variation of the West Coast Offense and the Run & Shoot. Perhaps the biggest difference between…


Patriots: Scouting the Raiders offense and defense

September 27, 2020

The Patriots will host the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium this afternoon. Las Vegas has opened the season by winning shootouts against the Panthers and Saints. For the first time since his return to the sideline, Gruden has assembled the type of roster he wants in order to play the way he wants. This is especially true on offense. Gruden calls the offense but has an experienced staff…


Patriots: Scouting the Seahawks offense and defense

September 19, 2020

The Patriots travel to Seattle in Week 2 to take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. The Seahawks are one of the top teams in the NFC and this was especially evident after they beat the Falcons 38-25. Offensively, Seattle racked up 406 yards of total offense in the win. Wilson was especially impressive completing 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and 4 touchdown…


X’s and O’s: 5 routes that are most effective for Antonio Brown

September 15, 2019

The Patriots have activated Antonio Brown and plan to play him today against the Dolphins. Brown is one of the best route runners in the NFL. He is quick, fluid and shows terrific body control when getting in and out of breaks. He is an easy target for his quarterback to play with. Here are five routes that Brown runs well and can get open on at anytime. Diagram 1:…


X’s and O’s: 5 ways the Patriots could attack Aaron Donald

January 30, 2019

(Image courtesy of Alex Gallardo/Associated Press) The Patriots offensive line faces a hefty challenge on Sunday when having to block the Rams talented defensive line, especially defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Donald had an MVP caliber season in 2018 leading the NFL in sacks with 20.5. That is unheard of for a defensive tackle but it is not a surprise given Donald’s talent and how Wade Phillips uses him in his scheme….


X’s and O’s: Breaking down the Rams outside zone and inside zone running plays

January 30, 2019

The Los Angeles Rams running game pounded out 273 yards rushing against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoff game. C.J Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Todd Gurley rushes for 115 and a touchdown. The Rams ran the ball in a variety of ways but the bulk of those yards cane on outside zone and inside zone. The two staple running plays of the Rams…


Patriots: Los Angeles Chargers Scouting Report

January 8, 2019

Phillip Rivers and the Chargers will pose problems for the Patriots. The Patriots will face the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional round on Sunday in Foxboro. Los Angeles is coming off of a 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card round. The Chargers have been good on the road this season going 8-1 away from home. They average 26.8 points per game and 372.6…