Nick Caserio says Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner don’t signal change in ‘D’ philosophy
|07.27.14 at 1:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner were brought into the fold by the Patriots in the offseason, there was a presumption that the Patriots were about to alter their defensive approach somewhat, perhaps going with a more physical attack at the line of scrimmage and playing more pure bump-and-run.
But on Sunday, Patriots director of personnel Nick Caserio clarified that thinking. He said Revis and Browner help the Patriots do more defensively but won’t change their overall approach.
“I think our philosophy is the same every year,” Caserio said. “We try to look at our team, try to improve our team and do what we think is in our best interest. Both guys have been successful in their systems that they’ve played in. They’re in a new system with a new team. No real change in terms of what we look for. Their measurables may be a little bit different but there’s really no change in terms of how we approach it.”
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus would beg to differ, arguing that it means more matching up in the secondary than we’ve seen before.
“No, I think we just look at our team and we try to find players that we think are going to help our football team, regardless of who they played for, regardless of where they come from,” Caserio insisted. “I mean, really it has no bearing on it.”
But Caserio did admit that when you have a special player like Revis, a defense can perform at a different level because it can do different things.
“When we go into a game, really each week, the game plan changes week to week,” Caserio said. “So, you figure out who you’re playing against, what are we trying to stop, what are we trying to take away? Then the game plan is implemented based on those types of things. You try to deploy your players and deploy your assets the best you can. Certain weeks it may be one thing, other weeks it may be another thing.
“So, you really just ‘ whatever their skills, whatever they do well, you try to put them at the position where they can be successful to utilize those. Then look at, ‘OK, who are we playing? OK, how does that particular skill, how does that player match up relative to some other players?’ So, it’s really week to week and it’s really based on the opponent, which those get into some more of the game plan type specific things once we get into the season.”
Caserio maintained Sunday they are not do anything to accommodate Revis in their defense but rather the other way around.
“I think the approach is, ‘What do we need to do to help us win the football game?’ That’s what we’ll try to do ‘ whether it’s offensively, defensively or in the kicking game.”