Patriots: Scouting the Cardinals Offense and Defense

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November 29, 2020

The Patriots host Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals this week. Kingsbury has ties to the Patriots. The team drafted Kingsbury out of Texas Tech in the 6th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Kingsbury played for Mike Leach and is a disciple of the Air Raid Offense. Leach and Hal Humme developed the system coaching together at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State and Kentucky. Kingsbury has now brought the system…

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Patriots: Scouting the Texans Offense and Defense

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November 21, 2020

The Patriots will travel to Houston on Sunday to take on the 2-7 Texans. Houston is an organization in transition after head coach and defacto general manager Bill O’Brien was fired earlier this season. Former Patriots assistant coach Romeo Crennel took over for O’Brien on an interim basis. The Texans have played better under Crennel but they are still losing games. Schematically, when I look at the Texans, they run…

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Patriots: Scouting the Ravens Offense and Defense

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November 15, 2020

The Patriots and Ravens will renew acquaintances this week on Sunday Night Football. The Ravens have long been a thorn in the Patriots side both in the regular season and the post season. A big reason for that of course is John Harbaugh and his coaching staff. Despite turnover at the coordinator positions, Baltimore is well coached. They are tough, physical and fundamentally sound. Harbaugh has two of the best…

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Patriots: Scouting The Jets Offense and Defense

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November 8, 2020

The Patriots will face the Jets this week on Monday Night Football. The two long time rivals are familiar with each other but the Jets have had a lot of turnover over the course of the last 20 years. The Patriots of course have been guided by Bill Belichick during that time span. Adam Gase is the current head coach for the Jets and his tenure thus far has been…

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Patriots: Scouting the Bills Offense and Defense

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October 31, 2020

The Patriots travel to Buffalo on Sunday to face a Bills team that has been chomping at the bit for a chance to dethrone the Patriots atop the AFC East. Sean McDermott has done a nice job turning the Bills around and he has done it with a veteran coaching staff headlined by old friend Brian Daboll at offensive coordinator and Leslie Frazier at defensive coordinator. Daboll of course is…

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Patriots: Scouting The 49ers offense and defense

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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…

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Patriots: Scouting The Broncos Offense and Defense

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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…

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

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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….

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

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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…

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Patriots: Scouting the Raiders offense and defense

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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…

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