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How New England can fix their redzone woes

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The absence of Rob Gronkowski was most felt in the redzone Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Gronk’s 6’6, 265 pound frame was sorely missed inside the redzone against Miami as New England struggled to score once they got there.

At the end of the game, Brady tried to throw the ball up where only his receivers can get them and they tried but there all below 6’0 tall which makes that play extremely difficult to pull off.

New England will continue to struggle in the redzone with all the small bodies out there unless they can get really creative every week or unless they bring somebody in, or get a run game going.

I wouldn’t mind New England looking at tight end Tony Scheffler for added help in the redzone and a much needed help at tight end. Scheffler is a big body guy, standing 6’5 and weighing 255 pounds. He has played this year and is a veteran. Todd Heap, a big body guy is also available, but I’ll break down these prospects in my next few post so look for those!

The Patriots though, they are a stubborn bunch and they do not like bringing in guys this late in the season especially if they’ve never played in their system before. So most likely they will stick with what they have, so how can they fix their redzone woes?

The number one thing they can do is run it successfully in the redzone.

The Pats have Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden as their runningbacks and they need to start using them in the redzone. All of them have their strengths and their games and this isn’t a bad group of backs at all. New England wants to throw down there and sometimes they are forced into it but they really need to establish the run in the red area.

Ridley’s production and playing time has decreased since his fumble against Denver and understandably so but New England has been working him back into the lineup and he hasn’t fumbled since so he might begin to see more and more snaps. I hope so anyways, Ridley has fumbling issues but he is the most talented back on the team and the Pats will need his carries if they want to score more points. They need to hand it to Ridley when they are close to scoring and become a punishing team inside the redzone and if they are successful at it, teams will respect the run and maybe open up some holes for the passing. This is the most important thing to get going and the best cure for their redzone sickness.

The other thing they can do is rely more on the tight ends they do have.

Matthew Mulligan is a guy I would love to see New England put into the game plan more especially in the redzone.

He scored a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons back in September but has never really been a big factor for the team.

He is 6’4 and 267 pounds which means he is a big body guy, ideal for the redzone. I would love to see New England utlize this with the other big body tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. Maybe a two tight end set down there will help open things up and help New England score. These guys are NOT Rob Gronkowski, who was just a talented freak, but maybe the both of them will help the Pats to score touchdowns instead of field goals inside of the 20.

New England wants these tight ends over signing somebody like Scheffler or Heap so why not use them and shows why they’d rather have them.

 

 

 


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