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The New England Patriots defense played arguably its most complete game of the season on Sunday night. Against an explosive Green Bay Packers offense [url=]Jordan Matthews Jersey[/url] , the unit allowed just 17 points and 368 yards of offense — a mere 250 of which coming via the pass. While a reenergized pass rush played a big role in this, so did a secondary that covered tightly and camouflaged its looks well against one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.However, the latter is not as easy as it appears to be as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained during a conference call on Monday. “Disguising at the expense of being out of position and not being able to make the plays that you need to make or be where you need to be, that’s a bad thing,” Belichick said when asked about his defensive backs were able to use deceit to their advantage against Green Bay.The Packers in particular pose a special challenge because of their quarterback: Aaron Rodgers is an experienced player that has the intelligence and processing speed to quickly come up with a countermove if the defense tips its hand or is too aggressive. “It’s hard against Rodgers no matter what you do,” Belichick said about the future Hall of Famer. “Whether you blitz or don’t blitz, play zone or play man. He’s seen it all and he can certainly handle it all.”“I don’t think you’re going to fool him. You just try to keep him off balance and hope you can make a play somewhere along the line,” New England’s head coach continued. While Rodgers had a solid statistical day — he completed 24 of 43 pass attempts for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns — the Patriots’ approach when it comes to disguising defensive looks worked well especially late during the 31-17 game.While Rodgers completed nearly 60% of his passes over the first two quarters of the game, his accuracy went down to 50% in the second half. And in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots started to pull away, he was able to connect on just two of his seven throws while also getting sacked twice. Part of it was execution on the offense’s side, but part also was the Patriots defense making life hard for one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks through its use of disguise.For Belichick, however [url=]Jonathan Jones Jersey Salute to Service[/url] , this is a fine line to balance on. “Sometimes you want to try to disguise it. Sometimes it might be better just to not be too far away so that it doesn’t take quite as long to get there, but you don’t want the quarterback to see it. You just try to find the right balance there, the best way to execute it,” he said. “The good thing is disguising, but the bad thing is being out of position.”More often than not on Sunday night, New England’s defense was in position to make plays, whether it was extra pressure from the secondary or playing diverse coverages down the field. A big reason why the Patriots were able to do all those things is the chemistry of the team’s safety group: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon have been in the league for multiple years and have more than four seasons of experience of playing together.“I think the safeties did a great job of [disguising looks],” said Belichick about the group. “If the safeties can work together and complement each other as part of the disguise, then that’s a good thing. [...] It’s always a fine line, and that’s why experience at that position is so important: disguising is good and you want to try to do it, but you have to be in position to handle your responsibility.”“Devin and Duron and Pat [know] where they need to be, what they need to do [url=]Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey[/url] , how much risk [they can take] or how far away they can be from that responsibility and make it look like they’re doing something else that they would normally do and trying to tie different calls in based on the formations, because we have no control over the formation the offense comes out in,” Belichick continued praising his defensive backfield.But despite an experienced safety groups, disguising looks remains a challenge for the defense. “We don’t know where they’re going to be when we make a call, so once they align, then the variables on disguise change quite a bit,” Belichick said. So how do the Patriots do it? According to their head coach, this depends on multiple variables like players, formations, situations and the opposing offense.One general approach, however, is building a foundation for the players but trusting them to make the correct reads no matter the situation that comes up. “We give them certain parameters, but in the end [url=]Authentic Isaiah Wynn Jersey[/url] , all the decisions that they make out there are their decisions,” Belichick said. “We trust them to make good ones and make the right ones. [...] They’re the ones that are playing the game and they see and can recognize things a lot better than a coach can.”For Belichick, this is not something that can easily be done, though. “It takes some understanding and experience,” the NFL’s best head coach said. Ultimately, however, doing the disguising well is just one part of the exercise — the players still need to finish the plays. “The execution of the plays is more important than the disguise,” said Belichick. On Sunday against the Packers, it was. No last-second meltdown. No double-lateral magic by the opponents. No, the New England Patriots couldn't point to anything fluky in a 17-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Not after a game in which they were penalized 14 times for 106 yardsOne in which they punted on five straight possessions and managed all of three points in three trips to the red zone.One in which the Steelers finally figured out a way to slow down Rob Gronkowski and keep Tom Brady from carving them up, something he'd done with remarkable ease throughout the years.The Patriots (9-5) are still in comfortable position to win their 10th straight AFC East title. Yet rarely during their dynasty have they looked so vulnerable so late in the season. New England dropped its second straight and fell to 3-5 away from Gillette Stadium, meaning it will almost certainly have to go on the road at least once and possibly twice to reach another Super Bowl.Not that one seemed particularly close at hand during another anemic showing in their road white uniforms. The Patriots have lost five games in the regular season for the first time since 2009, which also happened to be the last time they finished under .500 on the road (2-6). A week ago it was Miami's dramatic 69-yard series of laterals on the final snap. This time around [url=]Limited Danny Etling Jersey[/url] , the issues were far more basic."We obviously haven't played very well on the road," Brady said. "Obviously what we are doing isn't good enough. It's just a cumulative thing. We're out here as a team trying to compete. When you're on the road you have to play well. Some things are a little bit more challenging on the road. We have to embrace those things. And we just haven't done a great job on that."Brady finished 25 of 36 for 279 yards to become the fourth player in NFL history to top 70,000 career yards passing, but had trouble getting the ball downfield after a busted coverage left Chris Hogan open for a 63-yard score on New England's third offensive snap. Gronkowski, who came in averaging 111 yards receiving in six games against Pittsburgh, caught two passes for 21 yards.The Patriots also had trouble finishing drives. Each of their last three possessions ended up in the red zone, but the only points they managed were a 33-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal in the third quarter that trimmed Pittsburgh's lead to 14-10."Just not converting, I think that's all it is," running back James White said. "Not executing the way we want to. We have to be better."All the penalties didn't help. The missteps came in a wide variety of ways, from pass interference to false starts to offensive and defensive holding, mistakes that made momentum difficult to come by. The most damaging came in the final moments.New England had second-and-5 at the Pittsburgh 11 with 37 seconds to go needing a touchdown. Right guard Shaq Mason was flagged for holding, pushing the ball back to the 21. Three Brady incompletions 鈥?the last a pass intended for Julian Edelman that was broken up by safety Morgan Burnett 鈥?and it was over."Obviously, there is holding on every play in the NFL [url=]Sony Michel Jersey Salute to Service[/url] ," Brady said. "That's what we do, we hold. It's just whether you get called or not. If they are calling it, then you just have to do a little bit less of it."Edelman, who wore cleats honoring the 11 people killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, pointed the finger at himself for some of New England's issues."We definitely have to be a little more poised," Edelman said. "That starts with me. I had two penalties. It put us in a hole. We had a lot of penalties and you can't have that against a good team. Plain and simple. That's a good football team."Just one that had not played like it lately. The Steelers came in having lost three straight and winless against New England since 2011. Yet they never trailed and had little trouble moving the ball on the ground with rookie running back Jaylen Samuels, who ran for a season-high 142 yards in his second NFL start.The Patriots have allowed at least 104 yards in each of their five losses."They did a good job of running the ball," safety Duron Harmon said. "That's something obviously the last few weeks we haven't been as well against ... but I know (the defensive linemen) are working their tails off to try and stop it and they'll continue to work their tails off until we do stop them. I'm confident in the group we have."It's a swagger that comes from having come through so many times, swagger that may be lacking a bit this time around."Every year is different, every team is different," Gronkowski said. "Every year we just have to stick together. We have to keep on grinding. We have to keep on working and we've got to keep moving forward."
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