Sometimes, it's the players who are doing the best job that get the least recognition. Matt Light has been the perfect example of this throughout his career.
And he's done it different ways. The Patriots have had several different offensive coordinators, but Light has fit no matter the scheme.
The All Pro left tackle joined the Pats Propaganda & Frenz podcast Tuesday to promote SportRobe, an officially licensed line of game jersey-themed robes. When asked about his role in the Patriots offense, Light pointed out that a lot of things have changed since joining the Patriots as a rookie in 2001, but the more things have changed, the more they've stayed the same.
"I don't think so much scheme-wise or technique or any of those real fundamental things have necessarily changed a lot," he said on the podcast. "But in the time I've been here, going from Charlie Weis to Josh McDaniels to Billy O'Brien, there's obviously different methods in which they call the game and how they see it and how we attack things. We're really not that different from what we've done in the past, we've got different people and with different players and different skill sets you tend to do different things."
One other thing that changes week to week is his opponent. There are many different styles of defense Light sees every season, from zone blitzes to a rope-a-dope defense with defenders walking around the line of scrimmage to the straight up styles of defense.
Regardless of the foe, Light is up for the challenge.
"It is difficult when the guys are doing all the moving around," said Light, "but that's really what the preparation for the week of [the game] is all about. It's different than playing against more of a base system—whether it's a 4-3 or a 3-4, where these guys line up on the left, or they're predominantly on the left and you see the same guy over and over again—but I wouldn't say it makes it easier to play those guys. It's just a different mode."
Whatever the mode, Light is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career. He has given up just two sacks through nine games this season according to Stats LLC.
"It's just a different way that you have to prepare for it," said Light, "and we're going to see a lot of that from week to week—differences in the scheme, the rushes they dial up, the blitz package, and all those things. We just have to be able to be ready for it. We do a good job of game planning against teams and everybody just focusing and really doing their job and understanding what their job is, and that's really the most important part of it."