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Ranking the NFL's top defensive play-callers

Last week, we took a look at the league’s best offensive play-callers. This week, using the machine learning capabilities of AWS, we crunched our play-by-play data to see which defensive play-callers were getting the most out of their team’s talent.

It’s hard to actually discern who is calling the plays defensively for the Patriots, but it’s easy to see that the great one is in charge. The Patriots have adhered to the idea that coverage is at least as important (if not more important) as pass-rush, building their defense around Stephon Gilmore as a long, lock-down corner, Devin McCourty as a top-tier all-around safety, Duron Harmon as a deep, center-field safety, Patrick Chung as the tight-end eraser.