Did BB play "mad scientist" in his long off-season?

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  1. Fencer

    Fencer Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Something just occurred to me in connection with all this evidence of defensive scheme change:

    Due to the labor situation, this has been BB's longest offseason by FAR. What I mean by that is that he has gone from early January to the start of August with no practices or OTAs, no need to put a playbook in anybody's hands, and generally with no commitment to prior schemes except what's inherent in the personnel (including in their previous training).

    That's VASTLY longer than he's had any other year.

    So if he ever was going to cook up a significant scheme change, this year was a natural time to do it.
  2. cavtroop

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    I like this point. I bet he spend an inordinate amount of time in the filmroom, self-scouting. Which bodes well for this upcoming season :rocker:
  3. Funktopus

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    maybe BB was just getting bored.
  4. Brady_to_Moss

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    He is always a mad scientist
  5. NEGoldenAge

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    I suspect he had this figured out before the draft. The scheme change is for the entire team, not just the defense. The Pats used the draft to become a team that can conistently run with power. Combined with a precise ball control passing game, the Patriots will have long sustained drives that run lots of time off teh clock. A bend-don't-break defense would often give opposing defenses time to rest, so that is what BB is getting away from. The Pats are converting to a defense that is designed to get off the field quickly to keep opposing defenses tired.

    I think the mad scientist here is Ernie Adams, and he's probably been cooking this up for a while. The Pats have been gathering versatile players that can pull this off for years, and this years draft and trades put the final pieces in place. This team is going to wear down opposing defenses and win the time of possession battle. I am very excited about this total team transformation and can't wait for football to start.
  6. Fencer

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    BB has in the past had teams with ball control offenses and bend-not-break defenses, and they usually won Q4/overtime, in part clearly due to better conditioning.

    I.e., I don't think power offense requires an attacking defense.
  7. PATS68

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    I think BB is being smart and knows he has a young team and most of them know the 43. I can't wait to see Mayo and Spikes in a 43 instead of a 34. I hope they attack more.
  8. patriot lifer

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    To critique the argument, the only problem is that there is a very brief window in which he can effect the appropriate changes. A longer offseason is much more preferable in making any major changes, as opposed to altering a defense overnight--especially one in which many resources have been poured into one particular defensive scheme.

    Time will tell what the heck is going on.
  9. NEGoldenAge

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    An attacking 4-3 is checkers compared to the chess of a read-and-react 2-gap 3-4, and the transition won't be too hard since most players grew up in 4-3s. I don't think the Pats will use just a 4-3. I think shift is more simply away from bend-don't break and that the defense will morph from week to week, depending on the oponent. Regardless of whether I am right or wrong about where the team is going, there is little doubt that the team is going through a significant transformation on both sides of the ball.
  10. doesntmatter1

    doesntmatter1 Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    I think BB came to this forum when he was bored and read how we need to attack and change to a 4-3. He also read how we were tired of old rb's so he drafted some and if welker gets traded its because of a certain new thread. lol
  11. Fencer

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    That's why I've pooh-poohed the scheme change idea before. But suppose BB has cooked up a way to get many of the benefits of an attacking 4-3 while also keeping many of the benefits of a read-and-react 3-4? Then perhaps it's something that could begin to be taught in a single training camp.

    I know BB has suggested that if anything the playbook will be particularly simple this year -- but perhaps "You three guys pin your ears back and go; you eight read and react like you always did" doesn't add all that much complexity.

    Note that there are commonly some attacking guys on a BB scheme (i.e., hard-ass pass rushers), going back to Lawrence Taylor (at least on many downs).
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  12. naF staP

    naF staP Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    I have thought the same thing. I'm pretty sure he went to work on it right after the playoff loss.
  13. RelocatedPatFan

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    In short, I'm sure he did.

    but, then again, I think he goes into mad-scientist mode whenever there's a chance. the off season just allowd more opportunity and the ability to step back and look at everything from the outside.

    He probably does the mad-scientist thign when he sleeps, walks to his car, and even when he sits on the can...I'm sure his brain thinks of football almost all the time.
  14. borg

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    Another factor may be.....and it may be only in my underused brain....the play from the Tackle position in the NFL has been very very good...better that I can ever remember. Is it possible that BB is looking for a new way to exploit the Oline, because his way has been ineffective. Also, has the edge rusher become less effective due to the quick hit passing attacks?
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