It's official - Defense is better than last year

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  1. RI Patriots fan

    RI Patriots fan In the Starting Line-Up

    I'm not sure if this is saying much but in just about every category, the Patriot's defense is better than last year's defense. Except in sacks where they have 3 less sacks than last year, the Patriots have gotten better in terms of both performance and ranking.

    Total yards: 2011- 411.1 ypg, 31st overall.....2012- 373.2 ypg, 25th overall

    Passing yards: 2011- 293.9 ypg, 31st overall....2012- 271.4 ypg, 29th overall

    Running yards: 2011- 117.1 ypg, 16th overall....2012- 101.9 ypg, 9th overall

    Scoring: 2011- 21.4 ppg, 18th overall.......2012- 20.7 ppg, 9th overall

    Turnovers: 2011- 34, 4th place overall.......2012- 41, 2nd place overall

    2012-13 Team Defense Statistics - NFL - Sporting News

    NFL Stats: by Team Category

    Long ways to go,:D but definitely trending in the right direction.
  2. ivanvamp

    ivanvamp In the Starting Line-Up

    Offense is also better than last year.

    Category - 2011 - 2012
    Points Per Game - 32.1 (#3) - 34.8 (#1)
    Yards Per Game - 428.0 (#2) - 427.9 (#1)
    Pass Yards Per Game - 317.8 (#2) - 291.4 (#4)
    Rush Yards Per Game - 110.3 (#20) - 136.5 (#7)
    Rush Yards Per Carry - 4.0 (#24) - 4.2 (#17)
    Rush TD - 18 (#3) - 25 (#1)

    It's nice when both your offense and your defense are improved over the previous year.
  3. Patriot_in_NY

    Patriot_in_NY Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Esp. when the team last year came within a few dropped passes from winning the Super Bowl. :)
  4. patsinthesnow

    patsinthesnow Supporter Supporter

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    I think the biggest difference is it's no longer a two-pronged problem with the defense. Last year you could attack the defense through the ground and through the air.

    2011 rushing defense-4.6 ypc, 24th in the league (this hurt us in the first half of the SB)

    2012 rushing defense-3.9 ypc, 6th in the league

    Atleast this year we have a defensive strength. :)
  5. cstjohn17

    cstjohn17 Supporter Supporter

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    Nice post, thank you. I think I said this some where else so my apoligizes for repeating myself, I am getting up there is years, etc...

    Earlier in the year I thought if the Patriots could play average defense they would be contenders. They are pretty average, a little better in some areas but worse in others.

    3 games to go, Brady plays well they have a very good shot.

    Go Pats!!!
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  6. patsfan13

    patsfan13 Hall of Fame Poster Supporter

    IF the D is healthy (ie Talib and Dennard) it is significantly better at all 3 levels.

    All 5 DB positions are stronger than last year.

    LB are stronger than last year (addition of Hightower)

    DL is stronger than last year (addition of Jones, development of Love and Deaderick)

    The upgrade of the DB's is most striking, when McCourty is at S w/Gregory the talent is vastly superior, Arrington is far better in the slot and Tablib and Dennard are better at the corners than McCourty and Arrington.
  7. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic Supporter Supporter

    If the Pats re-sign Talib they will have the core defense inteact for 2013, plus Dowling back, and the possibly addition of an interior pass rusher like Pryor or Forston. 3 rookie starters (Jones, Hightower, Dennard) should get better, plus Wilson and Francis (maybe even Bequette, though that's a lot to hope for). A year of experience for 5 new starters (the 3 rookies plus Talib and Gregory) plus 2 starters who changed positions (Ninkovich and McCourty). Dowling back, FWIW - maybe nothing, maybe significant. Lots of reasons to believe that the defense should improve again in 2013, unless they lose Talib.

    If the Pats see even modest gains for 2013, along the lines of what they did in the 2nd half of 2012, we should see something like:

    - 18-20 PPG average (would rank in the top 5-7 this year). Even a drop of 0.7 PPG - similar to what we dropped compared to 2011 - gets us to under 20 PPG.
    - Less than 240 YPG passing (would rank about 22nd or so)
    - Less than 100 YPG rushing (would rank in the top 7 this year)
    - Less than 340 YPG (would rank about 13th this year. That would be about a 30 YPG drop from 2012, similar to the drop in YPG from 2011 to now.

    A BB defense is always going to give up some yards in favor of BBDB, and with the Pats' offense putting up points opposing defenses will often get cheap yards playing from behind, and will have to pass a lot, pushing up their passing yardage totals a bit. I don't expect YPG totals like the Steelers put up. But those numbers should be eminently achievable if we maintain continuity and build on what we currently have. Perhaps more, but I'd be happy to start with those goals.
  8. TinhWoodhead

    TinhWoodhead On the Game Day Roster

    the last game helped overall ranking a lot, not to mention 7 sacks.
  9. robertweathers

    robertweathers Pro Bowl Player

    Even Pitt and SF plays crappy offenses. Gotta play 'em anyway.
  10. Nikolai

    Nikolai Football Atheist Supporter

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    Kinda compensates for the ridiculously short fields the D had to defend against the 49ers. It all works out in the end.
  11. AzPatsFan

    AzPatsFan Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Even in sacks they are just as good if not better, as the sacks are more distributed now, not all coming from two players, one of whom was IRed before the Playoffs.

    The refs took two sacks from Spikes and one from Wilfork that I can remember, and called "roughing the passer". While a couple of others were not disputable, those three certainly were questionable. :cool:
  12. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic Supporter Supporter

    You think Denver's "top 5" D may have benefitted from 4 games against KC and Oakland?
  13. mgteich

    mgteich Veteran Supporter

    I agree with all your comments.

    I would note that to keep the defense intact, we need to re-sign Talib as our highest priority.

    Overlooked is that we also need to re-sign or upgrade Arrington. He has been playing reasonably well at nickel. IMHO, this is not as easy a task as one would think. IMHO, counting on Dowling as our nickel is not a good idea.

    Finally, we are presuming that the losses of Chung and Cole are inconsequential.

  14. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic Supporter Supporter

    Chung, yes. I hope we re-sign Arrington, but if not I think Cole and/or Martin could step up.

  15. AndyJohnson

    AndyJohnson Veteran Supporter

    The last game is an equal 1/16th of the schedule for all 32 teams, just as each and every other game is.
  16. supafly

    supafly Supporter Supporter

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    As much as Talib has helped transform the secondary by being able to move all the effective parts around, I do think that some are overvaluing him at the same time.

    Yes, his contributions have been very nice, but the obvious determining factor will be "at what cost?"

    One would assume that Belichick took this into account prior to parting with our 4th round draft pick, but no one is sure what is going on in the heads of Talib or his agent either, especially at a position that we all know Belichick doesn't necessarily like to overpay at and feels is drastically overpriced to begin with.

    I think that while Talib is the icing on the cake to the development of the secondary, I also don't think that he's quite the irreplaceable player that some are making him out to be.

    We still have the draft again, where we'll likely see the additions of both safety and cornerback. It's certainly possible that we could also explore another free agent signing too, which would likely come at a more reasonable cost.

    In other words, while I want Talib back just as much as anyone else, I also think that there are other options, all of them potentially more cost efficient. It will all depend on how much Talib will be looking for obviously. I would not give him more than 7.5 million on average, personally.
  17. Anybody else notice that the stats call the Steelers the number one defense in the league? Kinda odd since they finished 8-8. It's easy to just blame the offense for that record but there is more to it: Their D was not very good at taking the ball away and some other more obscure stats that indicate the total yards stats are not exactly the final barometer.

    Points allowed was good over the second half of the season. What else matters going into the tournament? Not only that but the injuries may have all come during the more irrelevant part of the year, even on the offense. It seems like it's possible that everybody will be on the field come Divisional Round weekend.

    The only stink bomb in the second half was SF and because Talib and Dennard had to leave that game I would mentally adjust the points allowed average to get a more realistic idea of which defense should be on the field now.
  18. Claremonster

    Claremonster Banned

    If he wants to be fairly compensated, and have a chance to make a perennial superbowl team's defense better, and have a chance pretty much every year to get a ring (or more)... he would be wise to sign here.

    If all he wants is money, he is foolish.
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  19. Bonzo

    Bonzo Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Heck yeah. Top-ranked scoring offense and ninth-ranked scoring defense do a championship team make... I think there's no doubt: this defense, and this team, is absolutely capable of bringing home a title. I don't care who you're playing - posting a shutout, despite running out a number of reserves on D, is no joke. Now it just comes down to mental toughness, making the plays . . .
  20. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic Supporter Supporter

    Talib has gushed about finding a home and buying into the team concept. He's gotten nothing but praise from his teammates for his work ethic, practice habits and commitment. We'll find out in 6 weeks or so whether he was serious, or whether this was just a short term stop to rehab his image.
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