Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Trent Dilfer has seen nothing like these Pats
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer continues to marvel at the New England Patriots' ever-changing offense.
But it wasn't necessarily what he witnessed Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers that has him jazzed. Dilfer re-examined the film from the Patriots' blowout victory over the New York Jets in Week 13 and was stunned by what he saw.
The Patriots were unpredictable to an unprecedented degree in Dilfer's mind.
Dilfer said rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have "dramatically reshaped their offensive philosophy. They're so versatile."
Dilfer charted 27 different formations and "over a dozen personnel groupings" on the Patriots' first 27 plays that weren't at the goal line.
"This is unheard of," Dilfer said. "I've been studying football for 20 years and never seen anything like it.
"It's this type of forward thinking that makes Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots a cut above everybody else. Look for them to continue to find new and unique ways to win football games."