Listen: New England Patriots, Henry Mckenna, Defensive Coordinator discussed on SB Nation Radio
"Now over the New England Patriots where the Super Bowl thirteen to three little up a bit of a surprise. In terms of the score. A lot of people expected a lot of scoring. We did not get that. Henry McKenna is our guest of USA today. Patriots wire you can follow Henry's work on Twitter and McKenna analysis. All right. Henry you've been following the patriots all year thirteen to three. This was a defensive showdown. Just first your overall thoughts on the game. I want to call on this. I thought it was interesting to see the patriots when a Super Bowl without Tom Brady in the era were hungry is considered the greatest quarterback of all time. And I think that's a full estimate to Bill Belichick Cote ou, Sean McVay. Yeah. Coach Sean McDermott. Yeah. So. You know, it was impressive to see the defense. Step up. Dante Hightower tooth back. Calvin noise and for quarterback hit even a guy Dietrich wide. Probably a player. Most people haven't heard of defensive end. He was actually inactive. A healthy scratch for the game. He had I think four pressures. I think three quarterback hit. So you can tell obviously that this was a well put together game plan for the patriots. Between Bella checking Brian chlorides is now Miami Dolphins as a day. They capitalized on a number of things one being that they added a whole different concept to their game plan. That was totally unfamiliar. To their players. And so that surprised the Rams because obviously they haven't seen on tape on the patriots. Mcveigh health scare gothi kind of coddled him at the line of scrimmage, so McVay can help go with audibles and then. The problem is is that that headset cuts out in seconds left on the clock. And that is when the patriots. Sort of revealed their disguises a little bit wasn't smart enough to adapt at the line of scrimmage because they're McVey. Yeah. So a number of a number of impressive stuff going on by the pats. But but I'd say the headliner was rating might be a goat is a goat. But he didn't play like it and the patriots. So one Henry you mentioned something here that I think is so key. You mentioned just the the phrase most people haven't heard of I think that has kind of embodies this patriots defense yesterday on my show after the game. I just kind of looked at the patriots depth chart defensively. And I'm like, I know him I kind of know him he was the Pro Bowl or one time. But a lot like the linebackers defensive tackles, for example, they're not household name guy. So as someone who covers the team where does this rank in terms of the total individual talent the patriots for this team? Because I I mean, the patriots have had more talented teams in the past. Where does this rank for you in terms of the patriots and just their overall talent for in terms of Super Bowl teams? Yeah. Argue the losing he last year. It was more talented than this one. I don't know exactly how I would rank them. I'd have to really take a look, but I would definitely not put this one. I mean, really like the two thousand seventeen probably more talented there. There are losing team that will be more talented than this one. But the coaching staff, I think was was incredibly talented on this one. And we might just be. Avella check coordinators with warez in mcdaniels. We could see them having successful coaching careers. Which would be sort of an exception to the rule about Texas. But. That might be sort of the difference. You know, we look at the the player depth chart, and we don't get out of town and even Dante. Hi, Derek kinda admitted that in the post game, you said, you know, we don't have a lot of players who are ninety nine on matter. But that's right. The trophy. No question about it. Henry McKenna is our guest USA today. Covers the patriots for patriots. Why are you can follow his work on Twitter at McKenna analysis? So this coaching thing is really interesting to me because one of the things that I just was thinking of was like, you know, they lost their defensive coordinator last year map. Patricia he became a head coach and their defense was better this year. I mean, they're are three points to the Los Angeles strip that doesn't happen that it shouldn't work like that. When you lose a defensive coordinator what a Super Bowl team loses their defensive coordinator, you should take a step backwards. But the patriots almost took a step forwards. So let me going back to last year's I Nobel checks a defensive guy. He was the defensive coordinator how did that work in terms of scheming defensively last year with Patricia and Bella check. And how did they do if any if it did it change this year because you're right? The defense ultimately wonder I mean, they gave up forty yards rushing on average for three games in the playoffs. That's incredible. And they lost their defensive coordinator from last year. Right. Yeah. I mean what what's the patriots did on Sunday? What I think fair today credible? What they did in. Uber bowl against the eagles. Not incredible. I think Matt Patricia had a ton of responsibility at that point in his career because he was so so actually Brian is not technically the offensive coordinator this season was the play caller. But he had a lot of the responsibility. I just think the training wheels were like white Leon as opposed. Matt Patricia who was the one hundred percent, no, entitlement enforcement stability. Defensive coordinator last year. So those shortcoming last year fell a little bit on Patricia and. The success this year for the patriots defense. You know, you can give a lot of credit, and you can also I think you have a little bit of L A check because I believe he would probably giving a little bit of extra help to a first year defacto will say defensive coordinator for sure play caller. Yeah. I mean, but that certainly is notable out. Well. Fared in his first year without a doubt. No question about it, Julian Attleboro, it seemed was wide open throughout the entire game. And rightfully one MPP, and he has just been fantastic obviously in the Super Bowl. We all we all know the numbers. I think he's now the third he's got the third most receiving yards in Super Bowl history behind Lynn Swann, and Jerry Rice, I think that's right. So why why was Julian Edelman so open yesterday? Man. I mean, I think it was first and foremost, but Doug mall. I mean, he was turning cornerback. They're out. It didn't really matter. Whether they were running stone or whether the Rams are ring tone or whether they were running and man. I mean, I mean was getting open on literally every cornerback tried to cover leave for a little while nickel. Kobe Roman literally always name wrong. Mix. And it was Robie Coleman start. And it was eater stupor a little while. So and even linebacker, but obviously it goes without saying repeat those guys in one situation. So. I mean, I was talking about how in the middle of the game. I was sitting next to a friend on the bike just crushing these one on one match up. And then the next play. It was thrown look by the Rams, and he got wide open and that one too so. Ariza just no answer. So I thought going into this game the Rams would benefit from to leave on wrong and a double team on settlement. And they didn't really seem to commit doubling Eshelman as much should have in my opinion. Because like when you don't have Ataman offense. What yes don't even shell on the right again, but he can't wall, and you have grown. So that's kind of it. So. Tony's on the field. You kind of know the patriots are going to run and grog is step slower than it was last year. So he can defend him single coverage at times, especially you. But the right guy like Khalid bottom. But the Rams the Rams do that. And they thought they had an answer and to be fair. They only let up thirteen points on a patriots offenses in football. So it wasn't like it was a disaster. They were kind of expecting their offense, which is almost thirty points a game in the regular season. And do a little better than. So it is amazing. When you look at this patriots team. Henry McKenna is our guest USA today. Covers the patriots for patriots wire follow is work on Twitter at mcken analysis. It is really amazing when you look at this team and just compare them to like the chief said the Sates in the ramp. I mean, th there talent you said it there. I mean who who was there? The other teams have so many other weapons, but let me ask you about sunny, Michelle. Because he was great once again eighteen carries ninety four yards and a touchdown. Do you? Remember, what has was there? Their attorney point during the regular season that you can specifically remember that the patriots had. Okay. We have something here. Because I I remember saying when it was like two or three good games in a row. Oh, all of a sudden they're going to be a running team. Now, like sunny, Michelle is just automatically become like the x factor. Do you remember a specific time during a regular season? When do you think the patriots just kind of figured that out that they have something in sunny, Michelle? Yeah. Well, I think they knew all along they had something in Sony, but the game where they really started to rely upon him at the offense with focal point was the game at New York against the jet. And they made it an emphasis that we're gonna run the ball. We're gonna out physical this Jeff team and make that our way of winning the game. And I think Sony ran almost thirty times for like a hundred and thirty yards and a touchdown something like that. So wasn't even that efficient of a performance. But it was a workhorse performance. And you don't see that very often. When the arm Lewis last season was putting up our coach performances is because there was no one else out healthy is totally different. You know, James white was there. Instill Sony got thirty touches. So I think that was probably game where the patriots were like, you know, what we can feature this guy. He's a contact that is between the tackles back who can amorous way, regardless of whether they know that he's coming here. Not and they get knew it. I mean, obviously. Dad to know that one was on the field is going to hammer through so. That was the game. And he got much better. I would say as the year went on. I was talking to coach Ivan fears the running back coach who patriots. Talking to him on Thursday. And he told me that. Tony doesn't even realize how good he is yet. And I think that works that sort of raise works in two ways. Like, he hasn't realized it essential. But literally, mentally he hasn't to understand his whole talent. And I think he'd get more confident every week. In is ability to break tackles, and do the very fundamental things that people don't really like talking about security and making sure that, you know, your work is correct. When you're meeting pack or your patients to wait for your blockers to set up an interview he got better at that every week and showed up with efficiency every week. I think the Super Bowl was another getting damsel that twenty six yarder that he broke off in the fourth quarter was a real backbreaker. That. Afterward. Burkhead actually a twenty six yard. Well, and then the patriots kicked a field goal that basically the game. So. But really when I think when Michelle hit that twenty six yard of the game was over is the calorie. On that play showed. He kind of made statements the ramp like this is over you guys can't run. And that's what proved to be true sunny. Michelle just another example that the patriots are better by miles at player evaluation than any other team of the leak bringing guys in drafting them, and knowing when to get rid of guys they are just masterminds at that. Henry McKenna has been our guest. He covers the patriots for patriots wire. Also of USA today. Check out his work at McKenna analysis on Twitter. Thank you very much for the time. And appreciate it. Yeah. I have a good night YouTube. We're back after this on espionage and radio.."