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Patriots Links 7/03/09 - The 'Patriots Way': Will it work outside of New England?

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<em>Tom Brady with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and head coach Bill Belichick during training camp on August 2, 2008.  Can McDaniels succeed without them?</em>
Tom Brady with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and head coach Bill Belichick during training camp on August 2, 2008. Can McDaniels succeed without them?


Andy Hart wonders if Scott Pioli and Josh McDaniels will be able to have success duplicating Belichick's system.

Belichick's "one-voice" approach and tight organizational measures have worked to supreme success in New England.  But that success has included two very important factors -- it's taken place under Belichick's direction and with Tom Brady at quarterback.  Winning begat winning and with more winning came a more stringent faith in the way things are run in Foxborough.

Derek Zetlin asserts short, quick receivers might be key to NFL success.

Conventional wisdom says you need more size at the NFL wide receiver position. The numbers, however, hint otherwise.

Like its collegiate counterpart, professional football is transitioning to more of a speed-dominated game. Sure, 330-plus-pound defensive tackles are needed to nose the popular 3-4 defensive scheme, but that’s only to make up for a lack of size on the ends of the D-line, which have been replaced by more versatile (and speedier) outside linebackers. Look at the success of the Wildcat formation last season. The Wildcat’s fundamental principles are speed and spreading the field (much like the NCAA’s triple option), as opposed to the fullback-led I-Formation, pounding for every earned yard.

Adrian Hasenmayer (Fox Sports) ranks which teams are best positioned to not just survive, but flourish at quarterback in 2009.  Patriots rank 6th in his opinion.  His argument is off in mine.

The man is back, and all of New England can breathe sighs of relief. But what if Brady, the three-time Super Bowl champion, gets hurt again? Well, we scoffed at the Pats' chances last September when Mr. Perfect got injured because Matt Cassel — a dude who had not started a game since freaking high school. Then Cassel turned in a Pro Bowl season. Could Bill Belichick do it again with NFL mysteries O'Connell, Gutierrez and Hoyer? Highly unlikely.

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