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Calvin Pace Calls Patriots’ Offense ‘Borderline Illegal’

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Calvin Pace hits Tom Brady during the Jets' playoff game against the Patriots in January 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Calvin Pace hits Tom Brady during the Jets’ playoff game against the Patriots in January 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — We’ve seen media members, coaches and opposing players use a variety of words to describe the Patriots’ no-huddle offense this season, from fast-paced to light-speed to blindingly up-tempo.

Now, you can add “borderline illegal” to the list.

Veteran Jets linebacker Calvin Pace was asked by ESPN.com about keeping up with the Patriots’ offense, and he said the speed with which Tom Brady runs the Patriots is almost unfair to opponents.

“It’s borderline illegal because sometimes the guys aren’t always set when they snap the ball,” Pace told ESPN. “But it’s smart. Why not hurry a team up? I wish we would do it. For a defense, it just puts pressure on you.”

Pace was referring to the offensive players being set and in position prior to the snap. The “borderline” comes in due to the fact that if the Patriots weren’t lined up, they’d be penalized for illegal formation.

The Patriots have used the no-huddle mostly to success this season. They’ve picked up 177 first downs, 38 more than any other team, they’ve gained 184 yards more than other team and their 31.3 points per game is best in the NFL as well.

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