Its been mentioned in a number of other threads that Belichick is a big fan of football discipline - players who are able to play within pretty strict guidelines and who tend not to freelance. This seemed the best way to go in the early part of this decade when the offense was steady rather than spectaular and we had many natural playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Ty Law, Tedi Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Tyrone Poole, Rodney Harrison, Richard Seymour...the list goes on. The last few years have seen a definite dilution of the raw talent on the defensive side of the ball and a massive influx of scoring ability on the offensive side of the ball. Is it time the Belichick 'releases the hounds' a little more in 2009 with the potential of the offense set to rival the awesome production of the 2007 unit. Sure, we might well give up a few more quick scores, but we'll surely get quite a few quick stops too. But isn't this much, much better than the alterantive whereby very average offensive units were compiling multiple 6-7 minute drives and tiring out the defensive unit? I can see the point of the conservative playcalling on defense when you have a defense that bends but doesn't break - unfortunately in recent times the unit has failed to deliver on the last half of that equation. I expect the 2009 defensive unit to show marked improvement over the 2007 and 2008 incarnations (our DB platoon looks as strong as ever) but do you think it would be better if we took a few more risks - went a little more boom and bust? Is Belichick over thinking things on the defensive playcalling side, is he too stubborn to change his outlook? Thoughts?