Greg from South County RI makes a few excellent points in Reiss's mailbag this week:
- in the past 10 yrs only 2 players have generated 10 or more sacks in a single season. Tully with 10 last year an Vrabel's 12.5 in '07
- Over the past 10 seasons, the Pats have averaged 36.5 sacks as a team. Four times they went over 40 in sack totals: '01, '03, '04 & '07
- The last two seasons they've had 31 sacks in each.
I like these points because they bring up something I was forgetting around the time of the draft - that the Patriots D is a multiple attack, multiple look D - it's not really designed for one player to dominate that stat sheet - that's really too predictable.
In adding a the players they have, verterans to the D line, youth and speed to the LB can really make a significant difference in the pressure they are able to get, and how they are able to get it.
there is speed in the secondary, like they haven't had in years - and as the LBs ramp up their knowledge of the system there's a good chance by week 8 or 9 this season we are seeing some very strong pressure and tone setting by the D.