I don't think I'm duplicating another thread, so thought some reflections on Barry Gardner might be interesting. Especially since it seems that he is seeing some significant opportunities at the moment to show if he can work his way toward the top of the ILB depth chart. Might mean that it's just his 'turn in the barrel' - or there may be a hint that he has been showing that he is one of the candidates at this point to move up the depth chart. Mike Reiss had a somewhat interesting observation from Gardner in his Pieces this morning. I think it may be the first time I've ever heard anyone, player or media pundit, say that the defensive system is not particulary complicated - just very disciplined. Certainly comments have often been made about how important discipline and sticking with assignments is in Belichick's system, but not in lieu of complex. Fun. Segment titled "Day 14 Wrap" http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/ "* Gardner on the team's defensive system: "I wouldn't say itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s complicated, itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s a very discipline-oritented system. ThatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s not to say others aren't disciplined, but this is a very disciplined system and you have to understand your fit, your coverage and you have to understand where everyone else fits. And especially being the MLB, youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve got to understand all the calls, all the checks, youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve got to understand everything that's going on so you have to be very disciplined in what you're doing out there."