Harrison: Week 6 predictions
The Patriots average 33 points and 439.4 yards per game, but the story here is play count. New England rattled off an astonishing 89 plays in a win over the Denver Broncos. They've experimented with five individual schemes in as many weeks, and what we saw Sunday had Oregon coach Chip Kelly's fingerprints all over the game plan.
Carroll's assessment is, well, completely Carroll-esque.
"Basically it's a bunch of young guys that are big and strong and they run real fast and they're playing together. It's a pretty new group," he told WEEI-AM, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
So much in football is borrowed. Nothing is new. But New England's offense against Seattle's defense is a matchup crafted carefully in football-nerd heaven. What we're seeing on both sides of the ball are innovations and concepts that won't be so original a year from now or beyond. These two success stories will be examined, copied and implemented on the field by teams all over the league.