How are defenses supposed to account for Julio Jones' physical route-running when doubling him means opening up seams for Taylor Gabriel? How will New England get an outside pass rush on Ryan and have enough linebackers to match up with the Falcons' tight ends? Most importantly, how is any unit supposed to defend the complementary running back styles of Devonta Freemanand Tevin Coleman?
Freeman has a short and sweet answer to the last query.
"We can do whatever we want," Freeman told Pro Football Talk on Thursday. "Pick your poison. ... We've had the game plan. The game plan doesn't change."
The duo's features -- one short and physical, one tall and speedy -- have kept defenses on their toes all year, a success that informs Freeman's pre-media day confidence. Their 171.0 scrimmage yards per game mark and 27 total TDs were tops among running back groups this season. Freeman and Coleman are also the third tandem in league history to tally 10-plus scores each on a Super Bowl-bound squad.
Both Freeman and Coleman's pass-catching and route-running abilities have turned them into dual-threat weapons on a team already loaded with young talent on offense, but their most important qualities may be their unselfishness.
Now I know that we have to speak to the media a lot coming up. It comes with the territory. But me personally, I'd rather our guys not say anything at all and just ball.