Phil Perry: How the Patriots should slow down the Dolphins offense
Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston joins Zolak and Bertrand to break down how the Patriots defense can slow down the high powered Dolphins offense on Sunday afternoon in Miami:
It starts up front…
“I think there’s a little different blueprint that was laid out just a week ago by the Eagles. And the Eagles have different kind of defense, more talent upfront. Although the Patriots really believe in their front guys. So even with Matthew Judon out, this is the kind of game where you look at your four down linemen, whoever they are, Deatrich Wise, Christian Barmore, Davon Godchaux, some combination of Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings. You get four guys that on early downs can stop the run, it just allows you to play in coverage. It allows you to drop seven. All of a sudden you’ve got a little bit of an advantage, a two man advantage. They get five receivers out to the route. You’ve got seven in coverage. You can limit some of those explosive plays. You can put a cap on some of those vertical routes that they love to run. And you do the “bend, don’t break” thing. Now, that’s what the Eagles did. Again, the Eagles are more talented. They can get after Tua with four guys in a way that maybe you can’t.
“But this is the kind of game where if Christian Barmore is really the stud that we all assumed that he can be, this is a game where he needs to show up and Uche in a passing situation need to show up. They need to win their one-on-ones. They need to win those matchups at the line of scrimmage because you can’t be in a situation where you spend a lot of time blitzing these guys and you’re sacrificing numbers and coverage and suddenly Tyreek Hill is one-on-one with anyone, even if it’s Jonathan Jones who’s banged up by the way, and people look at this, well, they didn’t have Jonathan Jones last time and now they do. Well, they had Christian Gonzalez last time and now they don’t. You know, the secondary is not in a great spot to be able to handle the speed of this team. So you need numbers and coverage and that means you need your guys up front to win.”
LISTEN: Phil Perry on how the Patriots can slow down the Dolphins offense