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How are things going for Bill Belichick this season when he coaches against someone who formerly worked under him as either a player or a coach?Not too great. He’s done it three times now in 2018 Limited Steve Grogan Jersey , and two of those coaches have beaten his New England Patriots.The most recent example came on Sunday, when the Patriots were obliterated 34-10 in a shocking blowout defeat by the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The head coach of the Titans is Mike Vrabel, a former player and Super Bowl winner under Belichick as a member of the Patriots.Vrabel played as a linebacker for the Patriots from 2001 through 2008, though he was also used on offense as a tight end every once in a great while. Vrabel is famous for having caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady in each of New England’s victories in Super Bowls 38 and 39.But Vrabel’s days as a Patriot are far, far behind him. After Belichick traded him away following the 2008 season, there is no doubt Vrabel took a little bit of extra satisfaction in handing his former coach this defeat. And it wasn’t just a defeat; it was an absolute thrashing. The Patriots offense that seemed to work so flawlessly in recent weeks (minus the Buffalo game) was absolutely bamboozled all afternoon long. There was no rhythm whatsoever, and Brady was clearly frustrated. He only completed 21 of 41 pass attempts, didn’t throw a single touchdown all game, and was sacked three times. Vrabel’s Tennessee defense really took it to him on Sunday.And it felt kind of like de ja vu Trey Flowers Jersey , because we saw this exact same thing earlier in the season when the Patriots faced another former Belichick student back in Week 3. Matt Patricia, who was with the Patriots from 2004 through 2017 and spent his last six seasons in New England as the team’s defensive coordinator, is now the head coach of the Detroit Lions. In what may have been the most embarrassing loss of the season, Patricia’s Lions handed the Patriots a brutal 26-10 defeat on Sunday Night Football. Only in the season opener, against Bill O’Brien’s Houston Texans, did the Patriots not look totally baffled and hopeless against a former Belichick apprentice. It sure is a heck of a coincidence that two of New England’s three losses in 2018 have come at the hands of coaches who were brought up in the Belichick system. They have certainly been his kryptonite this season.It wouldn’t be a total surprise to see the Patriots get matched up with the red hot Texans in the playoffs, which would give O’Brien another opportunity to join Vrabel and Patricia in the “We Beat Bill” club.Patriots-Texans snap count analysis: Why didn’t Cordarrelle Patterson play more? The New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 27-20 in the season opener and the game offered us our first glance at how Bill Belichick and the coaching staff truly values their players. There will be more fiddling with the roster over the coming weeks, of course, but the regular season offers much more insight on the depth chart than the preseason.Here’s what we learned.What’s the plan with Cordarrelle Patterson?Patterson played a mere 16 snaps on offense Authentic Jordan Richards Jersey , which sounds low given his 3 rushing attempts for 13 yards and 1 reception for 6 yards. It’s clear that the Patriots have a special section of their playbook for Patterson if he’s going to see a touch on 25% of his snaps, so perhaps he’s still just working his way into the offense.But slot receiver Riley McCarron played 15 snaps. Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett played 68 and 57 snaps, respectively. Perhaps Patterson will eat into McCarron’s playing time, but barring any change over the next few weeks, we can consider Patterson a small part of the Patriots offense once Julian Edelman returns, especially given the growth of Dorsett.LaAdrian Waddle rotated with Marcus CannonWhile Trent Brown, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, and Shaq Mason played 100% of the offensive snaps (75 snaps)- as did Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady- the Patriots rotated at right tackle.Cannon played 61% of the snaps while Waddle played 39%. I would expect the ratio to shift more in favor of Cannon in week 2 and wouldn’t be surprised if he played 100% of the snaps against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cannon is returning from injury and his playing time was being monitored.Ja’Whaun Bentley led the Patriots linebackers in snapsThe Patriots used a heavy rotation in their defensive front seven and their star rookie seemed to take the lead. Bentley played 51 defensive snaps (and 15 special teams snaps) Montee Ball Jersey Salute to Service , ahead of Dont’a Hightower (50 snaps) and Kyle Van Noy (49 snaps). Elandon Roberts played 20 snaps and Nicholas Grigsby only played 1 snap.Bentley played at an extremely high level so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he continued to siphon snaps away from Roberts and joined Hightower and Van Noy as the starters all year. Adrian Clayborn is at the bottom of the pass rushing rotationThe Patriots used a four-man edge defender rotation and I was surprised to see veteran signing Adrian Clayborn at the bottom of the list. Trey Flowers led the way with 50 snaps, followed by Keionta Davis (35 snaps), Deatrich Wise (23 snaps), and then Clayborn (22 snaps). Part of the reason was Flowers moving around the defensive line and freeing up snaps for Davis, with Clayborn more commonly used on the right side of the line. I would expect Clayborn to play more in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Danny Shelton led the defensive tackles in snaps (40), followed by Malcom Brown (32), Lawrence Guy (29), and Adam Butler (24). I expect this to be the result of an equal drive rotation where Shelton simply just played against elongated drives.Jonathan Jones is baaaaaaackI feel like the return of Jones was lost in the shuffle of the offseason Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey , but he was absolutely lights out as the slot defensive back on Sunday. Jones played 38 snaps, trailing the starting quartet of Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe at cornerback (74 snaps) and Patrick Chung (73) and Devin McCourty (72) at safety, along with Duron Harmon (50) as the nickel.Jones played ahead of Jason McCourty (6) and I will be curious to see how these players rotate, if at all, for the rest of the year.
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