At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how you got there, it just matters that you got there.
Or, as Jack Edwards would say, they don't ask how pretty, they just ask how many.
Bill Belichick, speaking with the media on Thursday, brushed aside the notion that whether his team plays a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme will have a big effect on their successes.
"Honestly, I think that's something that is a media fabrication. There are a lot of different alignments out there. You see 4-3 teams use odd spacing. You see 3-4 teams use even spacing. You have 11 players, you can put them in various positions. Whether you want to put it on the pre-game depth chart as one thing or another, I think is a little bit overrated."
The Patriots have been known to rely heavily on the 3-4 during Belichick's tenure, especially when they had strong linebackers like Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, Roman Phifer and Willie McGinest, among others.
All this not mattering makes me wish for one thing: just for one week, replace Belichick with The Rock. Not only is Mr. Johnson a decorated football player, you think the media wouldn't listen when The Great One told them that it doesn't matter what defense the team plays?
If they didn't, I'm sure The Brahma Bull would have a size 13-and-one-half message for them, and nothing indicates that it'd be pretty.
Not to mention, Rex Ryan would have nothing on a team coached by the Most Electrifying Man in Sports and Entertainment.