Marquis Flowers continues to improve and with that improvement has gained more responsibility in the Patriots defense.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker has moved from a special teams guy to a player who’s speed was featured in an interesting seven- cornerback defensive package used versus the Jets this past Sunday.
As ESPN’s Mike Reiss points out, Flowers led the huddle on those seven-DB situations. More from that Reiss article;
I think one thing that he does, which is great in a lot of those situations, it becomes a much more opened-up game; there’s more speed on the field offensively, and Marquis plays extremely fast,” Patricia said. “He hustles, he runs, he has really good speed, so it’s something that kind of just fits his skill set really well.”
In order to benefit from this small, seven-DB package, the Patriots will need to keep opposing teams in 3rd-and-long yardage. Otherwise, any audibles to running plays could easily exploit this defense. Just soomething to keep an eye on in the playoffs.
Quick Thoughts on the Josh McDaniels coaching interviews
As expected, Josh McDaniels is the most sought after branch on the Belichick tree at this time. The offensive coordinator is scheduled to interview with the Colts on Thursday and then the Bears and Giants on Friday.
McDaniels, who seems inclined to select his own GM to work along side when he takes over a sideline, will have to decide if Chris Ballard (Colts), David Gettleman (Giants) or Ryan Pace (Bears) are men he is willing to call his boss.
If anyone were certain of Andrew Luck‘s health, the Colts job would be the easy front runner but even Luck himself isn’t sure what the future holds regarding his health. The Colts do have a decent backup QB in Jacoby Brissett, tons of cap space and an early pick in the draft. Still, it’s a Jim Irsay owned team with some checkered history with the Patriots.
The Giants slook like they will have Eli Manning back for one season while they look at the draft or free agency to find a new franchise-caliber quarterback but GM David Gettleman is 66-years-old, and may be too set in his ways for McDaniels to accept. The Giants roster also has some questionable personalities on it with Odell Beckham and Eli Apple while needing to make other tough decisions due to a lack of cap flexibility heading into 2018.
I, for one, believe McDaniels should take the Bears job. The Bears don’t have a rich tradition of developing All-Pro caliber quarterbacks but does have a young and talented Mitch Trubisky with only a year of habits of under his belt.
The Bears have $63 million in cap space with the ability to get out from under the Mike Glennon contract. Ryan Pace and Josh McDaniels are only a year apart with each having extensive experience in QB friendly environments after Pace worked with the Saints for the bulk of his NFL career.
I think McDaniels has a chance to be revered in Chicago if he can turn Trubisky into a top tier QB and jumpstarts the Bears back into NFL relevance.