Found September 11, 2012 on Football Nation:
With 11:14 remaining in the second quarter Sunday, rookie defensive end Chandler Jones beat the Titans’ veteran left tackle, Michael Roos, to the outside with a swim move.Jones then quickly turned on Jake Locker, stripping the ball from unsuspecting quarterback.The loose ball bounced to about the six-yard line, where Jones’ fellow first round rookie Dont’a Hightower scooped it up and eluded a would-be tackler before barreling his way into the end zone.This play was more than a visible return from the investment of two first-round picks made in the defense back in April.It was a statement, announcing loud and clear to the rest of the NFL that the transformation of New England’s defense is just about complete.For years, New England ran the 3-4 as its base defense. This dictated how they scouted and drafted defensive players. There was a prototype for each position, based on what their role in the scheme demanded.Defensive linemen were supposed to be big and physical. Instead of attack...
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