Each week we'll talk to former Patriots star and current broadcaster Gino Cappelletti. This week, Gino talked about what the Patriots' defense needs to do to beat the Dolphins on Monday night.
PFW: What's your solution to help the Pats' pass rush?
Cappelletti: I think that they've lacked that guy, like a (Robert) Mathis and (Dwight) Freeney, and you saw what (Julius) Peppers meant to the Bears the other night. Jerod Mayo is gradually becoming that guy. The pass rush is extremely important because the Patriots do not have a cover guy that can lock you up. The problem that I see right now is they don't have that unison between the secondary and the pass rush.
PFW: The offense has been great, aside from the second half against the Jets. Can you compare this offense to the record-setting 2007 offense?
Cappelletti: This team has the potential to be a lot better than 2007. We're talking about a couple of tight ends right now that can be a force in receiving, especially Aaron Hernandez. Then you have Randy Moss and Wes Welker, and (Brandon) Tate is coming on some, and of course (Julian) Edelman.
PFW: What do the Patriots have to do to stop Miami and up their record to 3-1?
Cappelletti: They need to put pressure on (Chad) Henne, and the defensive backs have to do whatever they can to re-route some of (Miami's) receivers. Scouting is going to be extremely important. With Ricky (Williams) and Ronnie Brown, they have a pretty potent offense, it's going to be a question of if the Patriots can play that defense in unison. The Dolphins' receivers are big, (Brian) Hartline is 6-foot-2, (Brandon) Marshall is 6-foot-4 and (Anthony) Fasano is 6-foot-4. Looking at that, the Patriots don't have a guy over 5-foot-10 in the secondary. What we see now is a lot of these passes being purposely thrown high so they can go up and get it. It's another concern the defensive backs are faced with, especially with Brandon Marshall and his great leaping ability.