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Former Patriot safety Rodney Harrison recently said on Football Night in America that this Patriot secondary is the worst he has seen in 10 years.
Do you blame him? The Patriots give up a league worst 416 yards per game — 308.7 yards per game in the air and 107.3 yards on the ground.
Despite the large yardage totals, the Patriots only give up 21.1 points per game. That’s why they win games despite having opposing quarterbacks have career games against them nearly every week.
Tom Brady and his offense put up 30.5 points per game. That’s great and they need that, but at times the offense might be too good.
The Patriots can score almost at will and that forces the defense back on the field. In most cases the ensuing drive from the other team is long and effective.
The solution? More run plays. This would help out this defense by killing some clock and keeping the defense off the field.
Bill Belichick back when the Patriots won Super Bowl’s was known for being a great defensive coach. Belichick’s secondary this season is the problem, they are the reason why the Patriots can’t blitz more. It seems like Belichick doesn’t trust them enough to get up on the receiver and jam them.
If you watch the corners closely for the rest of the season, they give receivers almost 10 yards.
The Patriots don’t have the players to play a more aggresive defense. Injuries have taken players away from that secondary and players have been cut. When wide recievers are switching to corner back with four games left you know something is wrong with your defense.
If the Patriots get a lead in the playoffs most likely they will try to kill some clock and that will help the defense, but if they get down early it could be another one a done. This team can go as far as the defense will let them, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.