The New England Patriots
employ a variety of strategies
during play. Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick
, the Patriots have utilized an "Erhardt-Perkins" offense and a "Fairbanks-Bullough" 3-4
defense, referred to commonly as a 2-gap 3-4 defensive system.
Erhardt-Perkins offensive system
The Patriots run a modified "Ron Erhardt
- Ray Perkins
" offensive system installed by Charlie Weis
under Bill Belichick. Both Ron Erhardt and Ray Perkins served as offensive assistant coaches under the defensive minded Chuck Fairbanks
while he was head coach of the Patriots in the 1970s. This system is noted for its multiple formation and personnel grouping variations on a core number of base plays. Under this system, each formation and each play are separately numbered. Additional word descriptions further modify each play (see below for examples).
The Erhardt - Perkins system has at times had a reputation (whether or not earned) of being a traditional smash mouth offense
that maximizes a team's time of possession and does not as frequently call upon its running backs
to serve as receivers. This may have been especially true during the years Bill Parcells
ran this system as... Read More