This week's GMC Playbook question asks what adjustments are needed to make sure the Patriots are fighting for a playoff spot:
Obviously, the Patriots, sitting at 5-2 headed into tomorrow's game against the Bears, are going to be fighting for a playoff spot.
But considering today's news that Chandler Jones could miss the rest of the regular season, the team is going to have to make some serious adjustments along the front seven to create more of a pass rush.
Rookie Dominique Easley seems like a good bet to take over Jones' spot in the base 4-3 defense. However, an Easley - Rob Ninkovich combination does not seem all too threatening. The Patriots could use a fair amount of the 3-4 as well. That could allow Ninkovich to start opposite Jamie Collins or Dont'a Hightower.
However, if the Patriots cannot create a consistent rush with their base players, they will have to get more creative with their blitzes. This, of course, has become more difficult without arguably their best inside blitzing linebacker in Jerod Mayo.
Overall, this is the type of situation that could take quite a few weeks to figure out. Tonight, I ask you, what adjustments and what direction do you want the Patriots to go along the front seven to generate a pass rush?