by Scott Benson, Patriots Daily Staff
August 29, 2009

I realize that it’s just the third pre-season game. I understand that they are in what is essentially a base alignment as serious game planning is being held for Buffalo and the rest of their regular season opponents. I recognize that what’s really important is how the Patriots defense plays in November and December, not August.

I know all that stuff. Still, Pats defensive coordinator Dean Pees – take a lap.

Maybe I have been expecting too much from a rebuilding Pats defense, but I was hoping to see more than this by now. Especially this week of the pre-season, often thought of as a dress rehearsal for the regular campaign. The Pats have improved incrementally on the pass rush (blitzes by Jerod Mayo in particular) so far, and last night tightened up on the run while showing taut coverage in spots. Overall, though, it’s still too easy to move the ball on them. Again, I understand the whole vanilla thing, but does vanilla necessarily have to mean mediocre?

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