Anderson gets time in base D

November, 25, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When updating the weekly "base defense vs. sub defense" statistics, the role of sub rusher Mark Anderson comes to the fore.

Anderson was given the chance to be more than a sub rusher in Monday's win over the Chiefs. He played 11 snaps in the base 4-3 defense (and 39 overall), his work in that role coming on the second and third drives of the second half.

Anderson (6-4, 255) isn't as stout against the run as some of the team's other ends, such as Shaun Ellis (6-5, 290) and Brandon Deaderick (6-4, 305), but he offers more explosion in the pass rush. Pairing him with Andre Carter on early downs makes the Patriots a bit smaller up front, but more threatening against the pass.

His insertion in the base defense provides the Patriots' coaching staff some more flexibility depending on what the game-plan calls for each week.

Overall, Anderson has played more than the norm the last few weeks, and it's no coincidence that the pass rush has been better. Here is Anderson's snap count progression this season: 34, 19, 13, 21, 19, 9, 23, 19, 42, 39.

Here is the Patriots' season outlook when comparing the base and sub defenses (including penalties):

Sub -- 426 of 706 (60.3 percent)
Base -- 261 of 706 (36.9 percent)
Short-yardage -- 19 of 706 (2.6 percent)

The game by game breakdown of base vs. sub:

Chiefs
Base --
41 of 70
Sub -- 29 of 70
Short-yardage -- 0 of 70

Jets
Sub
-- 50 of 72
Base -- 22 of 72
Short-yardage -- 0 of 72

Giants
Sub --
35 of 72
Base -- 34 of 72
Short-yardage -- 3 of 72

Steelers
Sub --
62 of 80
Base -- 14 of 80
Short-yardage -- 4 of 80

Cowboys
Base
-- 40 of 74*
Sub -- 33 of 74
Short-yardage -- 1 of 74
* Includes one play with 12 men on the field

Jets
Base
-- 33 of 54
Sub -- 21 of 54
Short-yardage -- 0 of 54

Raiders
Base
-- 38 of70*
Sub -- 30 of 70
Short-yardage -- 2 of 70
* includes one play with 10 men on the field

Bills
Sub
-- 58 of 66
Base -- 2 of 66
Short-yardage -- 6 of 66

Chargers
Sub
-- 49 of 72
Base -- 22 of 72
Short-yardage -- 1 of 72

Dolphins
Sub
-- 59 of 76
Base -- 15 of 76
Short yardage -- 2 of 76

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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