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Patriots should think outside the system

Why edge rushers that might not fit 3-4 scheme should be on Belichick's draft radar

Updated: January 31, 2011, 2:56 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

DALLAS -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said his coaching staff is still taking "inventory" on the 2010 regular season. One area that should stand out -- and help shape a significant part of the team's offseason approach -- is the heavy volume of sub packages.

The Patriots are known as a 3-4 defense, but that's not what they played in the majority of their snaps. In fact, it wasn't even close.

Of 1,101 defensive plays charted by ESPNBoston.com (including ...

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