WWW: Defensive Dominance

Wilfork Warren Warren

Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork look forward to working with newly-signed Gerard Warren.

As I’m sure many of you already know, the Patriots have a penchant for drafting first-round players whose last names start with “W” or “M”. (McCourty, Mayo, Meriweather, Mankins, Maroney, Wilfork, Warren, Watson…)  Two of those players, Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren have made up two-thirds of the starting defensive line for the past few years.

In 2010, it looks more and more like they will be joined by another first-round “W”, free-agent signee Gerard Warren.  The 6-4/330 former Gator was the third overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, where the Patriots selected Richard Seymour sixth.

The three defenders make up the “WWW” group, soon to be dominating an offensive line near you. While they look to be very stingy against the run, rushing the passer might be a bit more of a problem.  Mike Wright and Myron Pryor, two backup DL’s, have proven that they can be effective pressuring the opposing quarterback.  Brandon Deaderick, Damione Lewis, and Ron Brace will also be looked upon to provide depth.

Derrick Burgess and Jermaine Cunningham are two other players that might see some time at the defensive end position during pass-rush situations, although both players will primarily be looked at as OLB’s.

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3 Responses to “WWW: Defensive Dominance”

  1. Jared says:

    Oh… and you didn’t miss Maroney, I did.

  2. Jared says:

    Didnt realize all of the Pats first round picks started with M or W, you even forgot boney Maroney as well. You bring up the Pats weakness, there is no passrushers. With passrushing DE’s being more of the 4-3 variety, the Pats will need to create a passrush somehow with their linebackers. Nothing against Dean Peas, but ive been praying for his departure for 2 years now. Dean is master of the ” vanilla ” defense, Bill has to be more creative and move the LB’s around to get some pressure. We could have the best 3 man-run stopping d-line in the league, which could mean its THE worst pass-rushing d-line. When you have big, all-pro-type players, the bend but don’t break defense works. But the last couple of years, the same strategy has not been as succesful.
    Touching a little on the last “uncoordinated” post, I think when players like Bruschi, Vrabel, Seymour,Harrison, when you lose some of the smartest players in the league…you can’t put a lack of halftime adjustments on just the coaching staff. I think the problem is closer to beeing split between the coaches, and the young players we have on D. You can have the best coordinators in the NFL, if your running a bunch of fresh meat out there(like last year)…in-game adjustments can be more difficult then they should. Although the defense is young, the numbers say the offense had more trouble adjusting at the half than the D did, which is troubling considering the all-pro vets we have on that side of the ball. I just think our coordinators need to be able to go against the grain, maybe even against Bill. Charlie and Romeo weren’t the best “teachers” on the Pats staff, but their ability to think outside the box, and disagree with Bill at times, I think pays dividends. I know Bill always has the final say, but you need coaches that will disagree, at least sometimes(4th & 2 anyone). With the new look on both sides of the ball…I hope the coaching staff gets more aggresive this season.


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