I've been wondering for a while now what makes certain players better fits for various positions within the Patriots system? What I've gathered myself in my years of listening to Chris Collinsworth and other faux football authorities... WILB vs. SILB SILB, called Jack, must take on guard, fullback, pulling tight end, a very physically demanding position (Tedy Bruschi). WILB, aka WILL, is the one who needs to be more of the playmaker (but needs to be better in coverage?) (Jerod Mayo). LOLB vs. ROLB I believe in last years defense Vrabel was primarily LOLB and Thomas was ROLB. Or do they line up strong/weak as well? I assume the one who lines up over the tight end should be better in coverage, other side the better pass rusher? No? LCB vs. RCB In 2006 and 2007 Hobbs (RCB) and Samuel (LCB) never switched sides. Are there skills that are better suited to play the LCB, on the receiver the QB sees first? At OTAs the CB pairings were Bodden (LCB) & Springs (RCB) and Butler (LCB) & Wheatley (RCB). What characteristics make those players better for one side or the other? LT vs. RT Belichick said on EEI that Vollmer looks a lot like a Right Tackle. What does that mean? LG vs. RG The Pats ran for over a 1000 yards behind Logan Mankins alone in 2008. He's a LG, don't teams traditionally run more to the right side? XWR vs. ZWR Belichick also said Brandon Tate looks like an X WR. I know the Patriots offense asks players to play a variety of roles, and all WR would be asked to play all receiver positions, but what makes a player like Tate an X? Just some questions I've been kicking around for a while, anyone have any insight? Corrections?