Patriot Perfection? It's All In The Adjustments

Amina Abdul-MalikCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2007

IconI think I have found the secret to the Patriots' success.

Other then being insanely good, the Patriots have made the best second half and on-the-fly adjustments in the league—and maybe even of all-time.

Now, this most likely hasn’t been apparent, due to the fact that the Pats have beaten most of their opponents this season by an average of nearly 30 points. 

But lately, Brady and his offensive squad have seen more competitive teams and had to make those adjustments—and even when they are up by enough to give the starters the day off, the Patriots still adjust.  

In their last three games, the Patriots have struggled against their opponents, often trailing into the second half—until the fourth quarter, when they’ve been pulling out wins with bombs to Randy Moss  and short gains from Laurence Maroney.

This is how the Patriots are passing out defeats to ill-fated teams caught in their wrath this season: Belichick leads this team almost super-efficiently, notes the smallest weakness in their opponents, and takes full advantage of it in every way possible.

Take the Eagles game, in which the Pats were up and down with A.J Feeley and Brian Westbrook all game. Eagles' secondary shut down Randy Moss, holding him to only 43 yards and no touchdowns.

Brady and crew took it in stride, and switched the game plan to Wes Welker—who would go on to have a career high 13 catches for 149 yards.

The Eagles defense didn’t know what hit them.

These types of adjustments, focus, and constant personnel changes are leaving teams dumbfounded.

 The Patriots may very well go undefeated this season and have the 1972 Dolphins shelving their champagne forever. Perhaps in the postseason, a team will be able to challenge the wits of Belichick, and atomize the nucleus of this superb Patriots team.