Chandler Jones Trade A Necessary Risk for Both Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots

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Never short of an annual surprise or two, the New England Patriots recently pulled another shock when they traded rush end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for a second-round draft pick and guard Jonathan Cooper.

It was a move confirmed by Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site. It was also a necessary risk for both teams.

Arizona’s reward for a gamble is a player who can finally fix an anaemic pass rush that is the only Achilles’ heel on an otherwise strong defense. For the Pats, they’ve earned a second draft choice in Round 2, ample compensation for having to give up theirĀ first-round pick. New England also gets an interior O-lineman to helpĀ improve the blocking in front of Tom Brady, who is likely still smarting from the beating he took in the AFC Championship.

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Why Denver Broncos’ Saturation Coverage Baffled Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

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A look back at how Wade Phillips and the Denver Broncos used 8-man coverage schemes to confuse the New England Patriots and take away Tom Brady’s favourite weapons in the AFC Championship Game

The most surprising aspect of the AFC Championship Game wasn’t seeing the Denver Broncos awesome defense harass and batter Tom Brady and his New England Patriots offense. It was how the Broncos did it that really stood out.

Coordinator Wade Phillips has always been more commonly known for a willingness to push the blitz button and keep his finger firmly planted on it. But against Brady Phillips went in another direction, the complete opposite one.

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