Rule changes, TV, protect the matinee idol QBs blah blah blah.
With the "new NFL" underway what will Belichick do? What has Belichick done?
Belichick has changed his defense...sort of. Bend don't break continues to bend as he seems satisfied with giving up short pass plays and refusing to run blitz. Has he figured out his personnel yet? Doesn't look that way, but he is 4-1. This years D is different and besides giving up a million yards, perhaps, there is improvement over 2010...which isn't saying much.
The offense is what might be interesting to watch and this is why. "PASS HAPPY" means two things. It means QB's are throwing up the fantasy numbers AND it means defenses are almost always PLAYING THE PASS. Yes, a defense can play both run and pass on the same play, but, they are giving up something. If they commit to the box...the QB can beat them down field. If the design is to drop 7 guys, that running back is going to have a chance.
A defensive coordinator has to game plan one way or the other. Brady forces opposing coordinators to plan for Welker & co about 7 yards deep. The men in the box MUST respect the quick pass...MUST. They can't respect both. The "LEAN" will invariably be towards the pass.
The last two games have been even pass to run and it is working, both on the field and on the clock. A running game is MUCH harder on the opposing defense. Those last 7 or 8 runs by BJGE yesterday are an example of the importance of establishing a running game. If Brady is in the shot gun for those last 8 plays? Who knows, but sexy rex would have brought the house. When Benny is running their ain't no house to bring and Tommy doesn't mess his hair up.
The last two times the Partriots had a strong running attack was with Corey Dillon and in 2001, A. Smith. That would be three super bowls wouldn't it? Forty three drop backs a game won't get it done because it is too predictable.
Here's to a less pass happy Patriots offense.