Imagine you and some friends were going to start a college football team from scratch. You are in charge of the running backs. You would likely want a bruising back who can get those tough yards. Also, you’d want an elusive smaller back that can slip through cracks and break into defensive backfields. And of course you’d need a guy built like a linebacker who can outrun cornerbacks, because every team has a guy like that, right? Aw, heck. Why not take two?

We’ve been breaking down a good amount of the Patriots playbook in anticipation that new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s schemes will look fairly similar. What we really haven’t mentioned very much is the running game. The Pats favor a downhill, old-school power running game that should warm Tide fans’ hearts.


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