Friday, September 23, 2011
Xs and Os: Matt Light's effectiveness
By Mike Reiss
This week's "Belichick Breakdown" on Patriots.com, which has Bill Belichick looking back at some top plays of victories from an Xs and Os perspective, shines a spotlight on how left tackle Matt Light is still playing at a high level.
Belichick picks BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 16-yard touchdown run at the end of the fourth quarter against the Chargers, and Belichick highlights a savvy block made by Light. The 11-year veteran is supposed to block inside linebacker Donald Butler on the play, but when Butler takes himself out of the action by going around a teammate, Light peels back to seal linebacker Takeo Spikes and free up Green-Ellis for the score.
"Heads up play by a veteran player," Belichick says, while also praising blocks made by tight end Rob Gronkowski and rookie offensive tackle/third tight end Nate Solder.
Light's play is often viewed through a lens of pass protection, so this snapshot provides a different perspective of other areas in which he contributes to the team.
Belichick also details Vince Wilfork's impressive interception as part of the breakdown.