Speed kills in the National Football League. And if you ask former MVP quarterback Boomer Esiason, the Patriots don't have enough of it.
New England's defense was undressed by the Bills' dynamic offense on Saturday, allowing seven consecutive touchdown drives. Speaking on "The Greg Hill Show" Monday, Boomer believes Bill Belichick needs to add speed on defense if the Patriots want to stay afloat in the crowded AFC.
“I need speed on defense,” Esiason said of the Patriots' D. “I need more speed on defense. Their linebackers are big, and they’re really good run-stuffers for the most part, Saturday night notwithstanding."
"But I also think when I see Bill’s team, I see a well put-together team, but I also see a team that lacks overall team speed," he continued. "They do have big, lumbering, slow guys."
“This game is based on speed," Boomer explained. "If you watched any of the games over the weekend, the real superstars in this league are the guys who can really go after it... These are the guys that we need."
"We need fast guys who can make plays, and they can make them suddenly. I don’t necessarily know that the Patriots have that on defense. They need more team speed on that side of the ball.”
Two of those bigger-bodied LB's, Dont'a Hightower and Ja'Whaun Bentley are poised to hit free agency.
Should Belichick take Boomer's advice into account, perhaps the Patriots could have more of an answer for some of the NFL's most explosive offenses. Beyond schematics.