Positional groupings: Dual hurry-up

October, 8, 2012
10/08/12
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Breaking down the positional groupings the Patriots utilized in their 31-21 win over the Broncos on Sunday, and looking at what it might mean:

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 58 of 94
2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 29 of 94
1 WR/3 TE/1 RB -- 4 of 94
1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 2 of 94
4 WR/1 TE -- 1 of 94

ANALYSIS: One of the main things that stands out is how the Patriots ran their up-tempo hurry-up out of both the 3 WR/1 TE/1 RB grouping and the base 2 WR/2 TE/1 RB grouping. That highlights some of the versatility of the team's personnel, specifically at tight end with Rob Gronkowski and Daniel Fells. ... The other notable aspect was how Stevan Ridley still had the high snap total among running backs (45, compared to 22 for Brandon Bolden and 20 for Danny Woodhead) even as the Patriots played fast. In Week 3 at Baltimore, when the Patriots also favored more of no-huddle/play-fast approach, Danny Woodhead received the majority of the snaps (51 to Ridley's 26). That was one follow-up question several readers had in Week 3, "Why can't Ridley still get the majority of work when the Patriots play fast?" ... The 4 WR/1 TE grouping, utilized for the first time this season, almost produced a disastrous interception in the fourth quarter. ... The Patriots were in their 2 WR/2 TE/1 RB grouping for the final two plays of the second quarter when Brandon Bolden was stopped on rushes from the 2- and 1-yard lines. Bill Belichick said after the game that he felt he could have managed that situation, from a head-coaching perspective, better. In retrospect, Belichick might have felt taking a timeout there, and getting the heavy package on the field, would have been a better decision.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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