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Old 01-23-2013, 07:47 AM   #72
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Originally Posted by mwill07 View Post
Patriots are not dead. Next pre-season, the AFC superbowl favorites will be either Denver or New England.

Here is what NE is going to do:

1. Let Welker walk. The Patriots don't keep their stars, outside of Brandy and Wilfork.

2. Find a viable deep threat. They want what they had in Moss in 2007 - someone who can stretch defenses and open up the middle.

3. install as their base offensive formation a 3 TE set. This would be absolutely revolutionary - no one passes consistently out of a 13 formation, but that's what NE will do. Hernandez (62-250) gives them the versatility to do this, as he is stout enough to play FB if they want to load up in the back-field, and spry enough to line up as a WR. The TE's would be Gronkowski (6-6, 265) and Ballard (6-6, 256).

I don't see any way a conventional defenses wouldn't have trouble with a line-up like that if the one WR was a halfway reliable speedster. There will be a CB on one of their TE's, and with 2 TE's being 6-6, they will have a pretty severe height advantage and certainly a size advantage. The other two TE's will have to deal with LB's, Hernandez and Gronk are both mismatches for most LB's there as well. As much as their 2 TE set + welker stretches a defense, a 3TE set would be much worse and would improve their running game.
WR....the Achilles heel of the NE scouting department.
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