You have to look beyond the stat sheet to see the impact Phillips has on games.
NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
It was an eventful weekend to say the least. It started with the Patriots breezing through to the AFC championship game and ended with the first ever BCS playoff championship. In all honesty, that game on Saturday aged me quite a bit and I am pretty sure my wife thinks I am crazy. For me, it was shocking to see the defense struggle as much as it did. This entire season, the defense has played well, probably the best it has in several years, but on Saturday there were some alarming trends that need to get fixed in a hurry if the Patriots are going to have a shot at the elusive 4th Lombardi Trophy. One player that really struggled was DT Vince Wilfork. For years, he has anchored the middle of the Patriots defensive line, but he is getting older and it may be time to look for his predecessor, so today I scouted Jordan Phillips. (more…)