Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Tuesday they had a pretty good idea of what the Patriots were going to do offensively in last Sunday’s game.
“We knew that whenever [Aaron] Hernandez was in tight, it was going to be a run, so we had a run check,” Horton told Arizona Sports 620 Tuesday. “But when he got hurt, it screwed that up because they went to three wide receivers. What they did, and we figured out real quick was, whenever Tom Brady was under the center, they were going to run the ball and whenever he was in the shotgun, they were going to pass the ball. We told our players ‘Hey, make the run check if Tom Brady’s under the center. If he’s in the gun, go to the pass check.’
“They handled it beautifully, and so we had dual calls that basically what we were telling them is we know when they’re going to run and pass. So our players put us in the best position to win the game and they did a flawless job of managing the game of getting inside New England’s head.”
To Horton’s point, according to the official boxscore, the Patriots ran 47 plays out of the shotgun formation and 39 were passes. Horton and the Cardinals held New England to one touchdown in a 20-18 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
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