Jets Stifled Brady and the Offense, But New England’s ‘D’ Must Share the Blame

January 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Bill Parcels, a man who roamed the sidelines for both the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, once uttered the phrase: "You are what you are.”
For most of the season, the Patriots appeared to be a team that methodically and surgically picked apart their opponents on offense while fielding a ball-hawking defense that excelled in providing extra possessions for their future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and his stable of weapons. 
But what the Patriots really were was an offensively efficient machine that time and again covered up for their mediocre defense.
Ask yourself this: Did the thought of facing New England’s defense ever cause any sleepless nights for offensive coordinators on the Patriots’ schedule? Doubtful. 
Did anyone ever equate this defense to those found in Pittsburgh, Baltimore or New York (the Jets, that is)? Certainly not.
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