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Old 11th February 2019   #1
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By now you probably have heard that the New England Patriots defense is struggling with consistency so far this season: the unit looks stellar one week Deatrich Wise Jr Color Rush Jersey , only to suffer from fundamental breakdowns and communication errors the next. This inconsistency is not limited to the play itself but also can be witnessed in another area. Through 10 weeks, the team has not found a player to permanently serve as its defensive on-field signal caller.Overall, the Patriots have used three men to call signals this year: veterans Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy, and rookie Ja’Whaun Bentley. While the latter only called the shots during the first half of the team’s week three game in Detroit — one during which he suffered a season-ending biceps injury —, Hightower and Van Noy have seen regular playing time with the green dot on their respective helmets.A week-by-week breakdown illustrates just how often this responsibility has shifted back and forth between the two starters:Week 1 (vs Houston Texans): Dont’a HightowerWeek 2 (at Jacksonville Jaguars): Kyle Van NoyWeek 3 (at Detroit Lions): Ja’Whaun Bentley / Dont’a HightowerWeek 4 (vs Miami Dolphins): Dont’a HightowerWeek 5 (vs Indianapolis Colts): Dont’a Hightower / Kyle Van NoyWeek 6 (vs Kansas City Chiefs): Dont’a Hightower / Kyle Van NoyWeek 7 (at Chicago Bears): Dont’a HightowerWeek 8 (at Buffalo Bills): Kyle Van NoyWeek 9 (vs Green Bay Packers): Kyle Van Noy / Dont’a HightowerWeek 10 (at Tennessee Titans): Kyle Van Noy / Dont’a HightowerWhile Hightower wore the communication device in his helmet on eight different occasions , Van Noy served as the signal caller six times. Having multiple options to fill this role and serve as the lead caller in the middle of the defense — especially considering Hightower’s injury history — is certainly a smart move by the Patriots’ staff. The question is how or if this approach will continue moving forward.Last year, New England started the season with Van Noy calling the shots before Hightower was handed the proverbial wheel to guide the unit. When the former first-round draft pick went to season-ending injured reserve after week seven, Van Noy took over again. This year is a bit different: while Hightower missed the Patriots’ week eight game versus the Buffalo Bills, he and Van Noy have been relatively healthy.Despite the two linebackers being available, New England’s coaching staff decided to have the both of them serve as signal callers. It will be interesting to see if this changes coming out of the bye James Harrison Jersey , or if the Patriots see benefit in continuing having both call the defense from their spots in the middle of the field — and if a change in this area might also lead to improved overall consistency up front. The New England Patriots played in the early slate, but there are plenty of important games still on the schedule. Here’s the rooting guide.4:05 PM ETBengals at Chargers: The Patriots will be rooting for the Bengals to win because I’d rather see Cincinnati as one of the wild card teams.Broncos at 49ers: The Patriots will root for the 49ers because it’s always great to root against the Denver Broncos. 4:25 PM ETLions at Cardinals: The Patriots own the Lions third round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, so they’ll be rooting for the Cardinals to win for the sake of draft position.Eagles at Cowboys: The Patriots own the Eagles seventh round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, so they’ll be rooting for Dallas for the sake of draft position.Steelers at Raiders: New England will root for Oakland because it will give the Patriots some breathing room in front of Pittsburgh.8:20 PM ETRams at Bears: This is a tricky game. The Patriots own the Bears second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, so do you root for Chicago to lose for the sake of the draft pick? Or do you root for Chicago to win for the sake of the Patriots’ strength of victory Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey , which could be an important tiebreaker? I say root for the draft pick because we’re also rooting for the Chargers to lose- and they’d be the only team that could cause the “strength of victory” tiebreaker to come into play.Use this as the open thread for discussion.
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