Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jul 2005

Winning Formula

Wesleyan kid goes to Australia on a semester abroad and somehow stumbles his way into coaching an amateur American football team called the Kew Colts. 10 years later he's defensive coordinator for the two-time defending Super Bowl champs. Here's a pretty interesting feature on Eric Mangini from the Boston Globe. Among other things, it suggests that the Pats D will become more aggressive with blitzes this season.

Speaking of Wesleyan grads, don't forget to pick up a copy of the new album The Loving Sounds of Static by Mobius Band when you go to your favorite book/music emporium to buy Pro Football Prospectus 2005. SPIN calls them "this buzzed-about trio" but I prefer to call them "my brother and those two other guys."

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 26 Jul 2005

4 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 1:38pm by BBK


by Peyton Manning (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 11:37am

REALLY!!! The patriots are going to blitz more this season, let me book my flight to motown today.

by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 11:54am

"Aggressive" is just an NFL buzzword. From the article:
Mangini admits that aggression is a strong part of what he brings to the table, but he doesn't see the Patriots moving from their focus of doing whatever it takes to beat that week's opponent. From blitzing all game long one week to sitting back in a full-out zone the next, Mangini said winning that game is more important than sticking to a philosophy.
In other news, Mangini want his defense to be "disciplined" and "focussed."

by Vern (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 12:07pm

The real news here is that the Boston Globe actually had an insightful interesting story about the Patriots.

by BBK (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 1:38pm

Is it just a coincidence? Where is Ron Borges?