New England Patriots Links 10/09/12 - Patriots' Full-Throttle-No-Huddle Difficult to Defend

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New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 10/09/12

Tedy Bruschi sees the Patriots' rushing attack and hurry-up offense as hard to defend.

One thing you need to know about the Patriots' offense is that it's game-plan specific. Whatever they think will work against the opposing defense, that's what they will go with. This offense also is reactionary. During the game, if they find they are able to exploit a certain weakness, they'll stick with that. But last night, as a former defensive player, it was even frustrating for me to watch this running attack. I don't know how it can be stopped. Leave it to the Patriots to be trend-setters -- to have a running game that utilizes the zone concept and power running schemes, and do it in a hurry-up mode. I don't think I'm doing it justice by calling it a hurry-up mode. That's an offensive frenzy you saw yesterday. The Broncos couldn't even line up. They could not substitute, and that defense was looking to the sideline and asking to be taken out. I do see this continuing for the Patriots in the future.

Jeff Howe spotlights just how effective the Patriots no-huddle offense was Sunday, and how it's as much about exploiting matchups as it is about tempo.

The offense made concerted efforts to get to the line of scrimmage as quickly as possible through large portions of their 31-21 victory, and the Pats pressed the issue without any mercy for the Denver Broncos’ defensive players, who were sucking wind and unable to line up in time. The Broncos were tired, made some mental mistakes and failed to get in position quickly enough to control running lanes.

Since it was working, the Patriots ran more plays out of the no-huddle than any other game this season. They were in the no-huddle for 44-of-86 offensive snaps.

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