Surprised the Patriots had a true fullback
by BuckeyeJohn05 (2019-02-05 12:11:24)

Are fullbacks making a return in the NFL?


Rex wasn't good enough for the Bengals, so we shipped
by dillon301  (2019-02-05 14:22:35)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

him off to the Pats.

Go Marvin Lewis...


That was a sad day. I enjoyed watching him play. *
by cincysubdomer  (2019-02-06 09:29:47)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


He's not the fullback, Develin is *
by Tubes  (2019-02-05 15:28:26)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Develin was undrafted & played for the Florida Tuskers
by ThunderDome  (2019-02-05 16:02:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

and Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz before eventually making an NFL roster, a pro bowl and collecting his 3rd super bowl ring.


What does Bill Belichick know?
by SWPaDem  (2019-02-05 12:53:24)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

That Brian Kelly doesn't know?


Where does one even begin... *
by Wooderson  (2019-02-05 13:39:03)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Special Teams is where I'd start. *
by Barney68  (2019-02-05 13:46:26)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Not joking, special teams were huge for the patriots.
by Wooderson  (2019-02-05 20:32:41)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Their punter was putting the ball inside the 20 every time, and the gunners (especially Slater) hauled ass down the field to down the ball inside the 5 multiple times.

The rams had 90 Yards to go many times, and that speaks volumes to Belichek’s ball control offense.

It seriously felt like a rugby game at points, kicking for field position. Kudos to the Patriots for being proficient in all three phases, and being able to rely on D/ST when the Offense was sputtering.


It allows them to take advantage of mismatches
by pmcdnd96  (2019-02-05 12:40:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

If they have Develin (a very good blocking fullback who can catch) in the game and the defense responds by bringing in big players, the Patriots can split him out and even empty the backfield and create a nightmare for the defense to cover (one of their RBs James White is an outstanding receiver; Edelman can't be covered by one person, nor can Gronkowski.) If the defense stays in a base or some other DB-heavy personnel grouping, the Patriots can run well because their o-line is good and Gronkowski is one of the better blocking tight ends I've ever seen.


So do the Saints.
by tdiddy07  (2019-02-05 12:37:32)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The Pats have run the most two-back sets in the past two years, and the Saints have been third. The Bills have been second.