Three-and-out with Patriots radio color commentator Gino Cappelletti
Each week we'll talk to former Patriots star and current broadcaster Gino Cappelletti. This week, Gino discussed how the Patriots' offensive game plan worked against Pittsburgh and all the blitzing the defense did in Week 10.
PFW: How did the Patriots' offense come alive against the Steelers?
Cappelletti: They went after them with the short passing game for a while. Then for the first time in a while they started to stretch the field and that helped with the underneath passing. They got a nice result off a deep post with Brandon Tate. We saw them open up the passing game a little more than they had. (Tom) Brady had probably one of his best games throwing the ball Cheap Alpinestars AX-03 Moto Shoes - Black/Blue Sale - A5015, and prior to that he had been off the mark a little bit. Everybody just played so well, there had to be a reason for it. It was probably in their week of practice and preparation, and the game plan their coaching staff had worked.
PFW: What did the defense do to slow down the Steelers last week?
Cappelletti: The front seven blitzed like crazy and it really worked for the Patriots. They had 22 blitzes until they got the touchdown from James Sanders on the interception return. That's quite a few blitzes. They were doing it with safeties and cornerbacks Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, it was at least a five-man rush most of the time, sometimes bringing six or seven guys. The blitz played a big role for them and they were very effective with it. They had (Ben) Roethlisberger beside himself Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants Cheap Alpinestars Leather Glove GP PRO - Black Sale - A5023, he didn't know where to go. It was good to see them go in with energy, and it worked. They executed perfectly.
PFW: What will the Patriots' defensive strategy be for this Sunday with the Colts coming to town?
Cappelletti: It will be a different strategy for Sunday. We saw so many blitzes last week, you'd like to think the Colts will prepare for it and the Patriots won't be blitzing a lot. But I think they are going to feed off last week's game. (Peyton) Manning doesn't have the receivers that he had for a while but he's still got some good ones. He looked for Dallas Clark a lot and you don't just replace guys like that. You're not as sure with someone who is new or younger and not having the guys you've played with for a long time.