Super Duper Club
- Aug 10, 2008
- Reaction score
- Pattaya, Thailand
Here’s one reason why Kiko Alonso and Raekwon McMillan might be in line to receive clearly less playing time than a year ago, potentially:
The Dolphins have patterned some of their defense off what the Patriots do and have had their players study Patriots tape. So how New England deployed linebackers last season is relevant here.
And these are some numbers to keep in mind, courtesy of Ryan Smith and the other good folks at Pro Football Focus:
Last season, the Patriots used a lineup with two natural linebackers, plus four defensive linemen and five defensive backs on 30 percent of their plays — highest of any personnel grouping. They ran a grouping with three linemen, two linebackers and six defensive backs on 20 percent of their snaps, which was second most.