Never mind the sophisticated schemes or individual player matchups, the
“It’s going to sound too simple, but I think the whole game comes down to tackling,” Coach Bruce Arians of the
“And vice versa. If the Patriots tackle [running back]
Arians knows these teams. His Cardinals play the
Arians said Seattle is "the best there is" when it comes to tackling.
"They play zone, they play seven eyes on the quarterback, and they break on the ball with all that length and speed," he said.
But in the
He was referring to safety
"I think the Patriots' running game, they're going to be real satisfied with three- and four-yard gains, and staying balanced as far as run-pass ratio," Arians said.
He anticipates the Seahawks willingly giving up yardage underneath to Tom Brady & Co., as long as they do not allow a receiver to slip behind their last line of defense. With Gronkowski, he envisions Thomas covering him if he lines up as a receiver, and either safety
"Neither team has a wide receiver that's going to take the top off and hit a home run unless it's busted coverage," he said. "So it's going to be all the underneath stuff that's thrown five yards and gains 15, unless somebody makes somebody miss."