Originally posted by 49oz2superbowl:
Our defensive personnel match up much better against the NE offense than the Texans do against NE. What we need to do is play man and play to neutralize 1:1 matchups. Put Tarrell Brown on Wes Welker, Carlos Rodgers on Brandon Lloyd, and Chris Culliver on Aaron Hernandez. Rush 4 players (Smith, Smith, McDonald, Brooks). Goldson is infinitely better in coverage than any Texans safety so can also man up on Hernandez in 3 wr,1 TE sets.
While this will expose our team to the run, we can afford to do this simply because we have the two best mlb in the NFL (Willis and Bowman) and arguably the best run defending safety (Whitner) who we could shift closer to the line of scrimmage in run support. Force the Patriots to beat us with the run and we will throw their offense out of rhythm.
Cant play man against Brady for very long, if at all. He just chews that stuff up. Gotta try and confuse him with zones IMO, and have faith in our nickel a lot of the time to stop the run out of pass formations which we struggle with this year, last year we could stop the run with two down lineman and 9 players 25 yards back.
Our defense is the type of defense though that Tom Brady probably hates to play, just big strong athletic players at every position, and in games like these its all about limiting the YAC, we take away those big plays well, and we rush to the tackler when were on and stop them. Welker and Hernandez are key to winning for us, slow them considerably and we will be ok on D. Gronk if he comes back probably wont be 100% and we match well with bigger physical guys. Still a hell of a task for Fangio though.