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  1. Third-quarter review: Bad fit for Will Smith?

    Mike Reiss

    Picked-up pieces from third-quarter film review of the Patriots' 42-35 preseason win over the Eagles: 1. Veteran defensive end Will Smith is used to playing more in a 4-3 defense, and at times looks out of place as a hold-the-point 3-4 end with th...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  2. New England Patriots Mailbag: Training camp questions

    Mike Reiss

    Readers want to know if the offense is catching up to the defense.

    Story | Conversation | August 05, 2014
  3. Tom Brady's insight on physical defense

    Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots' physical defense has been one of the top storylines of training camp. Specifically, cornerback Brandon Browner's play has stood out in that area, to the point that it has disrupted the rhythm of the offe...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  4. First Patriots impressions: Let's talk D

    Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- This will be a process, as it always is. Very little is decided after four days of training camp. But for those curious of some New England Patriots first impressions, there's only one place to start -- the defense. We ente...

    Blog | July 28, 2014
  5. Did Patriots do enough to improve offense?

    Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We've made the point that the New England Patriots' hopes for a Super Bowl championship are most tied to defense. So what about the offense? Have they done enough to surround quarterback Tom Brady with quality weapons? Those q...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  6. Patriots' evolving D keys Super hopes

    Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There haven't been many years when the New England Patriots' defense was met with as much optimism and buzz as the Tom Brady-led offense. This is one of them. And that's the best thing possible for the team's Super Bowl cha...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  7. New England Patriots Mailbag: How defensive upgrades will help of...

    Mike Reiss

    Mailbaggers are fired up to see the Pats' new high-powered defense in action.

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2014
  8. Browns' Pettine: Brady still the best

    Mike Reiss

    Few defenses have challenged New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as much as those from the Baltimore Ravens /Rex Ryan tree. That led Greg A. Bedard of the, while on a different assignment, to ask Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pe...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  9. Ninkovich: Long story not a happy ending

    Mike Reiss

    Usually when a defense forces the opposition into third-and-long situations, it's viewed as the ideal scenario. Not so for the 2013 New England Patriots, however. That's one of the biggest takeaways for defensive end Rob Ninkovich when he pinpo...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  10. Leftovers from weekly Patriots chat

    Mike Reiss

    A few leftovers from the weekly Patriots chat: Eric (Buzzards Bay, Mass.): Mike, what is the Pats sub defense going to look like this season? I don't particularly like the idea of taking one of the projected starting LBs off the field for more tha...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  11. LB Dane Fletcher visiting Bucs

    Mike Reiss

    Free-agent linebacker Dane Fletcher, who led the New England Patriots in special teams tackles last season and was a top backup on defense, is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as free agency opens. Jason La Canfora first tweeted news of...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  12. Devin McCourty: Pats' D on the cusp

    Mike Reiss

    BOSTON -- When New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty was asked for his Super Bowl prediction in the days leading up to the game, he went with the Seattle Seahawks. He talked about how defense wins championships, and since he's a defender himself...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  13. Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Patriots

    Mike Reiss

    Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL and with the New England Patriots: 1. The Patriots were in their sub defense 67 percent of the time last season, which is right around the league average, and highlights in part the importance of a nickel pass-rus...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  14. Analysis on Spikes landing on IR

    Mike Reiss

    The New England Patriots placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on season-ending injured reserve and here are some quick-hit thoughts on what it means: Spikes' fit in the defense: The fourth-year pro is the team's most physical downhill linebacker who i...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  15. When sub defense is the new 'base' defense

    Mike Reiss

    One of the areas that was charted throughout the season is the New England Patriots' defensive breakdown between their sub and base packages. This can highlight player value and take us deeper into the X's and O's of each game. In Sunday's win aga...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  16. Defensive groupings: Arrington's value

    Mike Reiss

    One of the areas that will be charted throughout the season is the New England Patriots' defensive breakdown between their sub and base packages. This can highlight player value and take us deeper into the X's and O's of each game. In Sunday's win...

    Blog | December 26, 2013