The New England Patriots should waste no time signing recently released defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Having seen one of their own major starts, Wes Welker, move to the Denver Broncos, the Patriots should return the favor by signing the man who notched 63.5 sacks as a Bronco.
More than just superficial payback, the Patriots need a player with Dumervil's qualities to boost their defense. He is exactly the kind of hybrid rush end, crucial to head coach Bill Belichick's multiple defensive schemes.
Belichick loves to blend his fronts, mixing in elements of both the 4-3 and 3-4. This box of tricks relies on a pass-rusher able to act as both a defensive end and a standup outside linebacker.
Belichick hasn't really found this key player since Willie McGinest retired. Tully Banta-Cain performed the role for a while, but was only mildly successful. Mike Vrabel excelled at the position in 2007, tallying 14 sacks.
The New England Patriots wasted no time finding a younger model, after Wes Welker departed for the Denver Broncos in free agency. The Patriots moved quickly to sign youthful Welker-clone Danny Amendola.
NFL.com reported that the Patriots gave Amendola a five-year $31 million contract, to come and do the same things Welker did for years in the New England offense. These things primarily include attacking defenses from the slot and exploiting the underneath zones.
Like Welker, Amendola has established a niche in these areas. In many ways, the former St. Louis Rams star is simply a younger version of Welker. Short and quick, Amendola is a tricky matchup for any coverage scheme.
His route-running is precise and crafty and he has a natural flair for getting open. If there is one worry with Amendola, it concerns his durability. He has missed 20 games since 2010.
New England Patriots Commentary: Veteran Charles Woodson Would Be The Perfect Addition To Bill Belichick's Nickel Defense
Recently released veteran Charles Woodson would be the perfect addition to the New England Patriots Nickel defense. Head coach Bill Belichick is the ideal multiple-front defensive play caller to take advantage of Woodson's versatility.
The highly decorated defensive back is still a stellar performer at the age of 36. He would fill various roles in the Patriots hybrid, nickel schemes. One of Belichick's favourite fronts is a "Big Nickel" package.
This involves two linebackers and five defensive backs. One of those defensive backs is a hybrid player, expected to combine the attributes of a nickelback, safety and linebacker. Few players perform that combination as well as Woodson.
During his time with the Green Bay Packers, Woodson has been a dangerous weapon in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' zone-blitz schemes. Woodson has played all over the formation and been particularly useful in the slot.
Belichick currently lacks a versatile slot defender. Kyle Arrington lost his job as a starting corner and struggled to cope with the demands of playing in the slot. Woodson meanwhile, can blitz, and cover wideouts, tight ends and running backs.
Jets Owner Woody Johnson Is About To Make the Biggest Mistake Since, Well... Since Trading for Tim Tebow
The New York Jets are coming off an incredibly disappointing season in which Rex Ryan’s crew finished with its worst record in his tenure as head coach. His 2009 hiring prompted an immediate revival of the franchise, as Ryan led the Jets to two back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in his first 2 years. Then, 2011 saw the team uncharacteristically regress to 8-8 before completely falling apart this last season, finishing 6-10.
It’s interesting, the way the Jets are handled in the media. It’s a team that has never had solid play at the quarterback position in this Rex Ryan era. Former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (now with the Rams) did a very good job at coaching QB Mark Sanchez to make as few mistakes as possible, but he obviously bolted after 2011 because he might have seen the writing on the wall.
New York Jets Trade Rumors: Top 4 Trade Destinations For Darrelle Revis And What Gang Green Might Get For All-Pro Cornerback
The New York Jets are reportedly considering trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that team owner Woody Johnson is open to the idea of dumping the 27-year-old cover man's $6 million salary for 2013.
There would be few teams not keen on adding a shutdown corner as accomplished as Revis. Yet four contenders in particular, could boost their Super Bowl credentials by making a swap deal for Revis. While it's too early to consign Revis's Jets career to memory, here is a look at where a trade might send him, starting with what compensation Gang Green could expect to receive.
Potential Trade Value for Revis
At only 27, Revis would still command high value on the trade market. In just six years, he has established himself as the premier corner in the NFL. With Revis on the field, a defense can feel confident about having one side of the field shut down.