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Anonymous asked in SportsFootball (American) · 8 months ago

NFL defenses. The Patriot way vs the rest of the league?

I’m struggling to understand this. The Patriots way, after watching them almost 20 years, seems to be mostly that they plan for the team they’re playing and don’t commit themselves to any particular scheme. Then they usually wait for the other team to screw up. 

As opposed to some team like the dead skins that switch back and forth from 4-3 to 3-4 every other year and their defense can’t stop anyone. 

So therefore the conclusion seems to support the Patriot way: plan for your opponent.   Yet so many failed coaches keep getting rehired.  You would think this is a scheme straight out of “The Producers”

5 Answers

  • 8 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    You are MASSIVELY oversimplifying the problem. 

    Every coach has room in their scheme to adapt to an opponent's strength to some degree or another.  Sure the Seahawks and some team prefer the cover-3, or whatever, but there is adaptation in all of them.

    The Patriots take this to another level because Belichick is very good at drafting smart versatile players who can adapt even more than most players.  But don't pretend like this is some perfect things.  Note that Belichick's assistants have generally not done well.  Mike Vrabel's already one of the most successful of Belichick's castoffs.  Romeo Crennel, Matt Patricia, and others have found it very difficult to implement what the Pats have going.

    Many teams find that if you spend too much effort adapting to each opponent, your players play slower because they're thinking and doing things that aren't ingrained in them as muscle memory.  They actually play BETTER being MOSTLY one thing, and then just tweaking a bit for each specific challenge.

    Let's also point out that most years, the Pats defense isn't THAT dominant.  It was in the early part of 2019 because of the schedule they played, but that defense is usually more 'good' than 'great'.

  • RICK
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Every coach "game plans" for each opponent but much is dictated by your personnel 

    By the way the Redskins have been a 3-4 base defense for a decade, 2020 will be their first year in a 4-3  base in a long time

  • 8 months ago

    Pats scheme is pretty well documented that the take away the best player on the other team and force them to adjust using lesser players and then wait for mistakes. Most teams have a few studs on offense that they use constantly.

    The pats though have 6 or 7 offensive players they give touches to.

    Or they used

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Lol that other guy “all teams plan for their opponents” you clearly haven’t seen much pro football 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    All teams and coaches plan for their opponent. Washington has 1001 reasons why their team is poor. Your conclusion is not logical and therefore invalid. 

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