Belichick's maneuvers compensate for weaknesses on 'D'
Following are several whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC East:
• Some people questioned head coach Bill Belichick's defensive prowess after the unit's collapses earlier this season. But the Patriots' head coach can still outsmart the best of them, using, for example, a new formation with just one defensive lineman on the field on passing downs. He also throws undrafted rookie LB Dane Fletcher and seldom-used LB Shawn Crable onto the field as part of the sub package, and both players have made solid impacts this season.
• Second-round pick Torell Troup didn't see the field much during the Bills' first five games, registering eight tackles and no sacks before the bye week. But with the team struggling against the run, the 315-pound rookie nose tackle will see the field more often now, adding bulk to the defensive line. Opponents have rushed for a league-high 182.4 yards a game against Buffalo Wholesale Yankees 7 Mantle White Stripe 2011 Women Jerseys For Sale Wilfork would be angered by franchise tag_820, as the team's 3-4 defense hasn't been able to plug holes along the line.