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Sub package the key on D

DALLAS -- In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, the following statistic is highlighted: The Patriots were in a sub defense for 628 of 1,101 defensive snaps during the 2010 season. That represented 57 percent of the total defensive snaps.

So for all the talk about the Patriots being a 3-4 defense, they actually spent more time in sub packages. Much more.

With this in mind, the call is made for the team to think outside the system when it comes to drafting a pass rusher.

Super Bowl participants LaMarr Woodley (Steelers) and Clay Matthews (Packers) might not have fit as three-down players when the Patriots initially evaluated them for their 3-4 defense, but with the growing number of sub packages being played, a strong case could be made for the Patriots to alter the way they evaluate and value those type of rushers.