"The biggest misconception about the run- and-shoot is that it's a totally passing offense," Patriots coach Bill Parcells said Thursday. "It's really not. It's a one-back, spread offense, but it's not a passing offense completely."
Which is why the Patriots will take a somewhat backward approach to dealing with the Atlanta Falcons' run-and-shoot Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Yes, they're concerned with keeping quarterback Jeff George in check. And yes, they would like to slow receivers Terance Mathis, Bert Emanuel, J.J. Birden and Eric Metcalf.