This is an excerpt from the book The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam. It details a series of events during a NY Giants preseason game during Pepper Johnson's (PJ is a current asst. NE coach, was a LB for NYG) rookie season. To me, this sounds like a lot of what the Patriots could have been doing these past two games (and they did have all the importance of preseason games -- undefeated season aside). Lining up in bad formations for a given down/distance. If the Patriots did in fact do that, the benefits would be two fold. Their playoff opponents, looking at these games, would learn the wrong things about the Patriots tendencies. Secondly, the players would become a little more experienced. They would have been put (intentionally) in a tough place and forced to play out of it on sheer blood and guts. This goes for both offense and defense.