Troy Brown Outlines Patriots' Super Bowl Blueprint

Tom Brady can win his sixth Super Bowl title on Feb. 3 – provided that he and the Patriots handle the Rams in a few key areas

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January 23, 2019 - 9:34 pm

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If the New England Patriots plan on beating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, there are a couple of things they’ll need to do.

“First of all, they’ve got to do something with Aaron Donald in the middle of that defense for the Rams,” former Patriots great Troy Brown said on Reiter Than You. “He’s a one-man wrecking crew, and it can cause problems for them and their running game, which they love right now. That’s basically what they are. They’re a run-first team. If (Donald) can push the pocket in the middle, those are the places that if you get pressure up the middle you can fluster Tom Brady a little bit and get him off his game.”

The New England defense, meanwhile, improved greatly over the last month and must get off to a fast start. 

“The defense, they just looked refreshed,” Brown said. “They look fresh right now. With their corners and their slot guys, they just play tough man-to-man defense, jamming those receivers, re-routing them and making them work to get open to catch the ball. When you do that, you make the quarterback hold the ball and you give that pass rush a chance to get there. The Patriots’ pass rush, they’re now using a four-man rush to get to the quarterback. We didn’t see that happening all year long. That was a place where they struggled, and they seem to be doing a pretty good job of doing that now in the playoffs. If they can continue to do that in this game, I think they have a good chance to win it.”

Brown, 47, played his entire career with New England (1993-2007), winning three Super Bowl titles. He was asked about Tom Brady’s status among the game’s all-time great quarterbacks.

“I came up in the time of Marino, I got a chance to see Joe Montana play – and I hate to go back and comparing different eras to now because it’s a different game,” Brown said. “The game has changed since I played last – tremendously. Those guys are very talented in what they do and what they did and obviously won a lot of games. Marino didn’t win any championships, but I wouldn’t hold that against him as being one of the greatest. 

“But when it does come down to numbers, you just got to look at Tom Brady and the body of work that he’s put together,” Brown continued. “He’s probably now on his third generation of players that he’s played with. He’s done it with completely different teams over these 19 years he’s been in the league, so you got to just look at the body of work he’s put together and the way he’s able to adapt his game – not just from week-to-week, but basically from series-to-series in the middle of a game and just completely change their style of play if they need to.”