Patriots Speed Package

Bill BelichickThe Speed Package – Coming to an NFL Field near you.

The Patriots unleashed the latest work of defensive guru Bill Belichick on Sunday. They employed the Speed Package, which the announcing geniuses never even mentioned during the game, to a fair amount of success, holding the 49ers to under 200 yards and 8 first downs-2 on penalties. The Patriots also picked off J.T. O’Sullivan three times.

The defensive alignment was a 1-4-6, featuring Jarvis Green as the lone defensive linemen with Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas, Pierre Woods and Gary Guyton as linebackers. Defensive backs Deltha O’Neal, Brandon Meriweather , Rodney Harrison, James Sanders, Jonathan Wilhite and Ellis Hobbs made up the backfield. Their three first-round defensive linemen (Ty Warren, Richard Seymour, and Vince Wilfork) all saw extended periods of inactivity.

The Patriots have employed the Cali package (2-4-5 set) before, using it for a large portion of the Superbowl played against the Philadelphia Eagles; The 1-4-6, however, seems to be a new package for the defense, and an exciting one at that. Let’s hope it can stop the Chargers just as well.

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One Response to “Patriots Speed Package”

  1. patsfans says:

    Interesting read… Randy Cross and Dan Fouts are a joke. I liked Gary Guyton being out there.

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