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Patriots have key to beating Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips’s tenure as head coach in Buffalo and Dallas may not have ended well, but he is well-regarded as a defensive coordinator, and rightfully so: in six of the last seven years, defenses that Phillips has been in charge of have finished ranked in the top 10 in the league.

His units are always near the top of the league in sacks, are frequently stingy on third down, make it tough to run, and don’t surrender many points.

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