Belichick's personal preferences are what make the Pats great. Stats are helpful in pinpointing these preferences. The Patriots pass defense ranked at the bottom of the league in a number of categories.
They rarely get a sack and spend little or no money on players known for their sacking ability. TBC is their leading edge guy and takes a lot of guff for not putting up numbers. The secondary gets sliced and diced by QBs on a regular basis and our question to BB is WTF is going on? Well 14-2 is going on.
Coach Belichick is a bend don't break guy. As the opposing offense closes in on the end zone his assorted small school DB's have less real estate to cover and the results improve...14-2.
The NFL has surrounded the QB position with 15 yard penalty opportunities. BB has dealt with this situation effectively...leave the QB alone and drop seven guys. This results in a league leading interception total for the kids from Hofstra and Rutgers and yes....14-2.
That weenie Sanchez completes a 6.25 yard pass. BB will take this over a 15 yard penalty and an automatic first down. Yes, Belichick in fact "settles" for short passes. One reason is that they are short. Another is they represent an "interception opportunity.".................14-2.
So, while fretting about lack of sacks. Lack of edge rushers. Lack of pass defense stats I offer this...Belichick doesn't give a flying fandango about about any of them.
You say we lost our last two playoff games..what about that? I say watch the films...Brady was awful in both games and had zero running game to bail him out.