58 Defensive Line Combinations: A 2013 Patriots Personnel Study

New England’s Six-Man Defensive Line Revisited: All Four Combinations

New England implemented a six-man defensive line for short-yardage running situations during the 2013 regular season. And in the efforts to do so despite depth and injury limitations, four different groupings were deployed.

Rob Ninkovich, Jake Bequette, Chris Jones, Dane Fletcher, Joe Vellano, Chandler Jones – Three Snaps

  • After Kelly departed with a knee injury against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5, the Patriots got defensive line assistance from fourth linebacker Dane Fletcher and reserve defensive end Jake Bequette.

Rob Ninkovich, Joe Vellano, Isaac Sopoaga, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, Chandler Jones – Two Snaps

  • Sopoaga and Siliga added mass to the run defense down at the goal line, swapping a linebacker and third defensive end out of the equation.

Rob Ninkovich, Joe Vellano, Sealver Siliga, Andre Carter, Chris Jones, Chandler Jones – Two Snaps

  • New England went back to using three defensive ends on the six-man line. Andre Carter partook in two plays, wedged between Siliga and Chris Jones.

Rob Ninkovich, Joe Vellano, Dane Fletcher, Marcus Forston, Chris Jones, Chandler Jones – One Snap

  • Forston and Fletcher were once at the center of the goal-line front, making it an even 10 participants through the season’s 16 games.

And in many ways, the Patriots needed each one.

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Tags: Andre Carter, Andre Neblett, Chandler Jones, Chris Jones, Dane Fletcher, Film Breakdown, Isaac Sopoaga, Jake Bequette, Jamie Collins, Joe Vellano, Marcus Forston, Michael Buchanan, Rob Ninkovich, Sealver Siliga, Tommy Kelly, Vince Wilfork

6 Responses to “58 Defensive Line Combinations: A 2013 Patriots Personnel Study”

  1. cc says:

    Wouldn’t have this many questions OR variables if BB&CREW just pulled the trigger on Dontari Poe like they should have when they had the blatent op & need, by the way……..who & what did they take instead that’s on the chzoppin’ block??
    *Between this, the waisted time and pick of Mallet, still having Gronkinjuriski on the roster and knowing All the other glairing needz…………I expect another Division title for BB’s personal belt notch yes, another semi-luck run in the playoffs and another quick out…………sure makes me wish Brady would just get in BB’s grill a little bit and force him to beef up the roster properly so there was an actual fighting chance of a capping a SB WIN before TB12 is gone for good!

  2. Bobthebuilder says:

    Wilforks a total lock. Vet leAdership and isn’t getting cut after the contract negotiations.

  3. Stephen J says:

    Nice job Oliver.

    Do we sign Kevin Williams.

    What I like about it. Would give us a healthy reliable vet that can contribute. As well as another big body that could help with the run.

    What I don’t like about it. Its a short term replacement 1-2 yrs at the potential cost of losing a younger player like Siliga or Armstead. Armstead is exciting but all potential where Siliga seemed to be getting better with each passing week. Also like Chris Jones as a rotational guy.

  4. J H TARBORO says:

    Oliver Thomas, this breakdown was extrmely informative, thanks! Coming in to 2014 it’s going to come down to who makes the team and year 2 jump on the DL. I’m not going say Wilfolk and Kelly are locks at the position, kind of worried about Wilfolk he is still on the rehab field, i would like to see Siliga, Jones, Armstead, and Easley make the team along with Zach Moore.

  5. Jack says:

    Nice work! I can’t say I read through them all, but I’m looking forward even more to the combinations that Pats can put on the field this year, with Easley and hopefully Armstead contributing, and maybe even Zach Moore. One combination would have Chandler, Nink on the ends with Wilfork and Kelley in the middle, with Easley coming in for Wilfork or Kelley, or even Chandler/Nink, on passing downs. Siliga could spell in the interior on running downs. And Armstead if he pans out could come in and fill in in the interior on passing downs. And what if Zach Moore pans out? Then he could really help out spelling Nink/Jones. Once Wilfork and Kelley are done, Siliga, Easley and Armstead key the interior and Nink, Jones and Moore (hopefully) will be the mainstays on the outside.

  6. Eyeball says:

    An epic accomplishment, my man. Thank you Oliver!






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