Week 13 Jets vs Patriots: How They're Built

New York Jets and the New England Patriots. 9-2. Rival cities. One team is coached by a loud mouth who speaks his mind, while the other is coached by a reserved strategist who doesn't speak. Both teams feature magazine models at quarterback. One team features nobodies on both sides of the ball, the other features stars. Each team is built to succeed. But how are they built? Let's look at the top players on both sides of the ball.

Patriots Offense:

QB - Tom Brady, 6th round draft pick by the Patriots

RB1 - BenJarvus Green-Ellis, UDFA pick-up by the Patriots

RB2 - Danny Woodhead, UDFA pick-up by the Jets, then by the Patriots

WR1 - Deion Branch, 2nd round draft pick by the Patriots, reacquired for a 4th round draft pick

WR2 - Wes Welker, UDFA pick-up by the Chargers, then by the Dolphins, then acquired by the Patriots for a 2nd round draft pick

TE1 - Rob Gronkowski, 2nd round draft pick by the Patriots

TE2 - Aaron Hernandez, 4th round draft pick by the Patriots

LT - Matt Light, 2nd round draft pick by the Patriots

LG - Logan Mankins, 1st round draft pick by the Patriots

C - Dan Koppen, 5th round draft pick by the Patriots

RG - Stephen Neal, UDFA pick up by the Patriots, and/or Dan Connolly UDFA pick up by the Jaguars, then by the Patriots

RT -  Sebastian Vollmer, 2nd round draft pick by the Patriots

What can we get? The Patriots love to spend high draft picks on their offensive line. It's clear that the offensive line is the most valued piece of the Patriots offense- and that includes blocking tight ends. The Patriots are willing to spend top picks each year to secure a strong offensive line because the line will set up the run, but will also protect the quarterback and allow the offense to function. The running back position is the least "valued" position on offense because the Patriots believe that anyone can run the ball, as long as they have ball security and a strong offensive line.

Jets Offense:

QB - Mark Sanchez, 1st round pick by the Jets

RB1 - LaDainian Tomlinson, 1st round pick by the Chargers, picked up by the Jets

RB2 - Shonn Greene, 3rd round pick by the Jets

WR1 - Braylon Edwards, 1st round pick by the Browns, acquired by the Jets for players and a 3rd and 5th round pick

WR2 - Santonio Holmes, 1st round pick by the Steelers, acquired by the Jets for a 5th round pick

TE1 - Dustin Keller, 1st round pick by the Jets

LT - D'Brickashaw Ferguson, 1st round pick by the Jets

LG - Matt Slauson, 6th round pick by the Jets

C - Nick Mangold, 1st round pick by the Jets

RG - Brandon Moore, UDFA by the Jets

RT - Damien Woody, 1st round pick by the Patriots, picked up by the Lions, picked up by the Jets

What do the Jets show? Star power all around. While only Deion Branch was drafted out of the Patriots running backs and wide receivers, three out of the four of the Jets were drafted in the first round- and Greene was a third round pick. Only one UDFA is featured on the Jets offensive line, which features three first round picks. While the Patriots put a premium on the offensive line, the Jets one up the Patriots in terms of offensive line's draft status. The Patriots will take offensive linemen in the 2nd round- the Jets take them in the 1st. Oddly enough, both teams feature UDFA at right guard.

The Jets have done everything they could to load their offense with talent. There's a first round pick at every position- sometimes multiple first rounders- except for offensive guard. The Jets have molded their offense around the players on their roster, allowing the offense to play to each player's strengths. If a player in injured, however, there has to be different plays for each player. Tomlinson will catch the ball. Greene will not. Edwards and Holmes play entirely different games from the rest of the receivers on the depth chart.

On the other hand, the Patriots have gone for an interchangeable offense. No piece is irreplaceable. Instead of loading up on top talent on offense, the Patriots have focused on getting players who can fit into the offense, regardless of the cost. Kevin Faulk goes down? Up comes Danny Woodhead. No Wes Welker? Julian Edelman should step up in a similar role. No Randy Moss? Well, Brandon Tate can run the out route (and can drop the ball just as well!). The Patriots have a model for their offense- it's up to the team to acquire players to fit that mold.

Let's look at the defense after the jump!

Patriots Defense

DE - Ron Brace, 2nd round pick by the Patriots

NT - Vince Wilfork, 1st round pick by the Patriots

DE - Brandon Deaderick, 7th round pick by the Patriots

OLB - Jermaine Cunningham, 2nd round pick by the Patriots

ILB - Jerod Mayo, 1st round pick by the Patriots

ILB - Brandon Spikes, 2nd round pick by the Patriots or Gary Guyton, UDFA by the Patriots

OLB - Rob Ninkovich, 5th round pick by the Saints, picked up by the Patriots

CB - Devin McCourty, 1st round pick by the Patriots

CB - Kyle Arrington, UDFA pick-up by the Eagles, picked up by the Buccaneers, picked up by the Patriots

SS - Pat Chung, 2nd round pick by the Patriots

FS - Brandon Meriweather, 1st round pick by the Patriots

There's a lot of home grown talent on the Patriots defense. In fact, only Ninkovich and Arrington were not drafted by the Patriots- and they're not even the first choices at those positions. It could be (weakly) argued that Tully Banta-Cain (7th round pick) and Darius Butler (2nd round pick) could/should be starters at those positions. Also, this does not include Ty Warren (1st round pick) and Leigh Bodden (UDFA by the Browns, then Lions, then Patriots). Add in James Sanders (4th round pick) and there's a defense that's all picked by the front office.

The Patriots like to draft players who can fit into this defense instead of grafting together a defense from players off other teams. None of the top players on the defense were traded for and were all either picked up in free agency or drafted. This defense is hand selected.

Jets Defense

DE - Shaun Ellis, 1st round pick by the Jets

NT - Sione Pouha, 3rd round pick by the Jets

DE - Mike DeVito, UDFA pick-up by the Jets

OLB - Bryan Thomas, 1st round pick by the Jets

ILB - Bart Scott, UDFA pick-up by the Ravens, picked up by the Jets

ILB - David Harris, 2nd round pick by the Jets

OLB - Calvin Pace, 1st round pick by the Cardinals, picked up by the Jets

CB - Darrelle Revis, 1st round pick by the Jets

CB - Antonio Cromartie, 1st round pick by the Chargers, acquired by the Jets for a 2nd or 3rd round pick

SS - Jim Leonhard, UDFA pick-up by the Bills, picked up by the Ravens, picked up by the Jets

FS - Brodney Pool, 2nd round pick by the Browns, picked up by the Jets

Once again, it seems like the Jets are stacked with first round talent on defense. In addition to featuring three undrafted free agents, the Jets have 5 first round picks on defense, 2 second round picks and a third round pick. That's some top talent. It's interesting to see where the Jets have placed their top talent. They have invested top draft picks, or taken players who were top picks, at the pass rushing positions and at the pass defending positions. The players who sit in the middle of the field (nose tackle, inside linebackers, safeties) are lower draft picks, but are still impressive players.

The Jets defense features a threat at almost every single position, where the Patriots have clear weaknesses on their defense at defensive end. It's obvious how the Jets are much better on defense and it's the caliber of player on defense. Their defensive line may not be better than the Patriots. However, their #2 corner is better than the Patriots' #2 corner. Both of their outside linebackers are superior to any of the Patriots outside linebackers. Bart Scott is a much more complete defender, especially in coverage, than Brandon Spikes and much better at run defense than Gary Guyton.

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The Jets have 13 former first round picks as offensive and defensive starters. The Patriots have 5. The Jets have formed their team around the players they have and focus on developing schemes to best utilize the talent of the players on the roster. In comparison, the Patriots form their team and players around the schemes in place and train players to thrive in the system. Yes, the system has changed over the years. Regardless, the Patriots have striven to find players to fit into the system instead of trying to acquire the top available talent and building a plan around whoever signs on the roster.

Which method is better? A system will always beat out individual talent on the long term scale. The Patriots are built to succeed for a long period of time, while the Jets are built to bring the power for only a year or two. Still, for that year or two, the Jets may be stronger than the Patriots. It's clear the Jets have more individual talent on the starter's roster than the Patriots have individual talent. The Patriots are hoping that their scheme can overcome any discrepancy in talent.

Can the scheme beat the individual players? Let's hope it can on Monday.

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