I know a lot of folks are expecting Beisel to be the starting ILB with Bruschi. I thought I would take in look in slo-mo at his plays in the Jacksonville to see what me might expect. After all, this game was a playoff game which should mean players are putting out their best effort. And Beisel at that point had a full season of coaching and practice reps as well as a reasonable amount of game reps, so this game should provide a pretty good indication. 1st - 13:23 - OK Beisel was Will. Run was right to his gap. Beisel stood up the RG and the runner cut to the LG slot 1st - 12:39 - Poor QB 1 step drop. Quick pass to left WR at LOS (line of scrimmage). Beisel was Will. Didn't react to pass by heading toward receiver. Just stood there and then was pushed back by RT coming thru. Beisel just took block and didn't try to disengage. After Hobbs had made the tackle and 5 other Patriots had closed to the site of the tackle, Beisel finally arrived and patted Hobbs on the helmet. 1st - 11:57 - Can't tell anything Beisel was Will. (I'm not going to repeat that anymore. As far as I could tell, he was always playing the weak side Will position while Vrabel played the strong side Mike.) Shotgun. Pass play. Coudn't tell if Beisel was covering anybody out of the backfield. 1st - 7:59 - Poor I'll analyze this in a separate post. 1st - 7:21 - Very Poor Run over LG (RB may have made a mistake because blocking was to open up RG slot which would have been Beisel's gap). Beisel lined up 4 yards off of LOS. At snap he moved up 2 yards to spot directly behind Wilfork's down position and stopped. The OC and OLG double teamed Wilfork toward LG side. Meanwhile, Beisel, after he stopped, backed up a yard ?? and waited for the double team to push Wilfork backwards to him. He then got blocked by the OLG who wasn't even trying to block him. Beisel ignored filling the gap over RG that was left by the double team on Wilfork. As mentioned, the RB actually cut to try to hit over the LG position which is where the double team blocked Wilfork to. Beisel meanwhile ended up pushing under the OLG and went to the ground on his knees without even making a move to the runner. 1st - 6:40 - Beisel out - 4-3 defense (as far as I could tell, Vrabel played ALL 4-3 sets as ILB. 1st - 1:41 - A Gimme Beisel blitzed off his right side. Bad snap out to defensive right. RB fell on the ball in front of Beisel. Beisel fell on top of RB without ever being blocked or even having to swerve. A total gimme based on his blitz assignment. 1st - :57 - OK Beisel blitzing up the middle. He was basically unblocked. He got to QB just after the throw. Didn't appear to affect the throw. 1st - :38 - Beisel out. Dime defense. 2nd - 15:00 - couldn't see Beisel 2nd - 12:02 - Couldn't see Beisel until play was over when he came in to celebrate 2nd - 11:28 - Couldn't tell Beiel rushed forward on snap to meet OL and then stopped and dropped back. Don't know what his assignment might have been but he ended up in the middle of the field with no receiver near him. 2nd - 10:47 - Not involved Beisel as Will on right side of Defense. Play went to left side of defense. 2nd - 10:02 - delay of game 2nd - 9:42 - couldn't see Beisel 2nd - 9:04 - Beisel out. 4-3 defense 2nd - 6:50 - Couldn't tell Screen to Beisel's side but he wasn't there. Couldn't see where he was and no way to know what his assignment was. 2nd - 6:08 - Couldn't tell Beisel rushed up to LOS and stopped. Don't know what kind of assignment that could have been. 2nd - 5:02 - Couldn't tell Beisel dropped back into short coverage but there were no receivers in his area. No way to know if he was supposed to be in a zone or if he should have been in a man-on-man. 2nd - 4:45 - Chad Brown was Will 2nd - 4:08 - Chad Brown was Will 2nd - 3:51 - couldn't see ILB 2nd - 3:32 - Poor (Beisel back in) Run into Beisel's weak side gap. He got pushed outside of his gap and was pushed down as runner came thru his gap. ALL 3 other LBs got to the runner at the same time pursuing all the way from their original positions to tackle runner for 1 yard gain. 2nd - 3rd - Chad Brown was weak ILB on 9 more plays that I could tell. 4th - Was entirely 4-3 defense with Vrabel playing ILB. So the summary of plays where Beisel was in and you could tell something definite summarizes as: 1 play - Gimme 2 plays - OK 3 plays - Poor 1 play - Very Poor The problem is that the 2 OK plays were nothing special, while the 3 Poors and the Very Poor were what ILB is all about.