LONDON -- The Patriots defense has held its last two opponents to seven points, and while it helps that those clubs are the winless Titans and Buccaneers, one behind-the-scenes switch seems to be aiding the unit.
For the second game in a row, defensive coordinator Dean Pees called the defensive plays from the press box. That meant linebackers coach Matt Patricia ran the sideline operation.
The Patriots experimented with the switch last year -- specifically with the Dolphins and their Wildcat attack in mind -- but opened this year with Pees on the sideline for the first five games.
Now Pees is up high, and the overall communication has been crisp the last two weeks.
"I think we're going to do it that way the rest of the year," head coach Bill Belichick said following his team's 35-7 win over the Buccaneers. "He's been up, he's been down, and Matt has been up and down, and we just feel like that is probably the best set-up for us right now."