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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Pees on why the Pats didn't blitz much

By Mike Reiss

While Tom Brady was under constant siege from a steady diet of blitzes from the Jets on Sunday, the Patriots took a different approach when it came to defending rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Relying on more of a coverage-based style, they only blitzed three times.

The breakdown looked like this:

Three-man rush -- 2

Four-man rush -- 17

Five-man rush -- 2

Six-man rush -- 1

Two quick passes to Chansi Stuckey were not accounted for in the breakdown because the ball was out of Sanchez's hands so quickly.

The Jets were 1-of-3 for 5 yards against the blitz.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees was asked today if the Patriots received the type of rush that they were anticipating.

"We can always improve in the rush, but also, some of it was the plan to play some coverage, and some of it was designed to try to put some pressure on him," Pees said. "We didn't always get there like we wanted to, but really, we just have to improve in both the coverage part of it and the rush part of it."

One of the downers for the Patriots was a third-and-13 late in the third quarter that could have shifted field position in a 13-9 game.

The line of scrimmage was the Jets' 12 and the Patriots rushed three, initially dropping eight into coverage. The Jets still converted, with running back Leon Washington catching a pass down the middle and lunging for the first-down marker.

Asked about the play, Pees said: "We thought we had what would have been a decent call against it, but it turned out not to be. We got out of our zones a little bit, got a little antsy. Give [Sanchez] credit, he stuck one in there on us. That was certainly a third down we should have gotten off the field and we didn't. We just have to do a better job of coaching that and playing that particular defense."