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2 NEW ENGLAND Patriots
Paul Zimmerman
September 01, 2003
While the offense stands pat, a rebuilt defense looks to regain that Super Bowl swagger
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September 01, 2003

2 New England Patriots

While the offense stands pat, a rebuilt defense looks to regain that Super Bowl swagger

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"Bill and I have a rule," Pioli says. "If a guy needs the sizzle, he's not for us."

Colvin will be a solid outside rusher in the nickel package. Harrison will play right safety in Belichick's left-right alignment which means he'll be the free safety most of the time, expected to cover more ground.

Four of New England's first five draft choices this year were defensive players. One interesting choice was fourth-rounder Dan Klecko, son of Joe Klecko, the great leader of the Jets' Sack Exchange of the 1980s. The younger Klecko is an undersized nosetackle at 5'11", 283, but an exotic specimen as an outside rusher, where the Pats have been experimenting with him. "Great motor," Belichick says of Klecko, who had 2� sacks in his first preseason game. "You want him on the field somewhere. We just haven't figured out where."

The offense has basically the same people as last season. The defense had to change. It already has, for the better.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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