New England Patriots “Point” Front and Cover 1 Funnel

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The evolution of the Tight End position in the NFL has changed defenses in an astronomical way. Gone are the days of teams using (3-4, 4-3) base defense on first and second down with sub defenses sprinkled in on passing downs. The Tight End position has created a position in itself on the defense side of the ball referred to as a “Nickel Safety.”

In an effort to slow down these world class athletes Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have turned to a defensive front that the two may or may not have created in their tenure in Cleveland. The first time the “Point” front showed up in a playbook was in Nick Saban’s 2001 LSU Playbook.

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New England’s Empty Passing Game

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Over the course of Tom Brady’s career with the New England, the Patriots have relied heavily on throwing the ball. When watching New England it is apparent right away how much they will pick teams apart out of an empty formation. What makes their empty sets so hard to defend is they’ll go to it out of any personnel they have in the game whether that be 10, 11, 12, 21, 20, 22, etc.

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