Shots Heard 'Round The Web - Patriots Links 6/12/09

Coach Bill Belichick gives his advice during a drill at mini camp practice at Gillette Stadium on 06/10/09

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Chris Gasper talks with TE Alex Smith about learning the Patriots playbook and how different New England's system is from Tampa Bay.

"It's different, but at the same time there are a lot of similarities," said Smith, who had 21 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games last season. "Gruden had that very complex offense as well with lots of formations and lots of personnel groupings. You see a lot of similarities here. There is a lot of volume here. I thought Gruden had a lot, but there are definitely a lot of plays, a lot of switching in and out."

The biggest difference for Smith between the Patriots and the Buccaneers is the stability New England offers at quarterback with Tom Brady. Smith, whose reception numbers declined each season in Tampa after he led all rookie tight ends with 41 receptions in 2005, played with six starting quarterbacks in his four seasons with the Bucs.

Albert Breer(Sporting News) talks with Bill Belichick about the challenges of moving from being a position coach to coordinator.

Belichick went through a similar transition in the mid-1980s, taking on many coordinator responsibilities with the New York Giants in 1984, before his title changed from linebackers coach in 1985.

"You're the linebackers coach, you see it through the linebackers' eyes," Belichick told Sporting News. "So, OK, what's the hard thing for the linebackers? Well, it's this and this. How do we make it easier? Well, sometimes making it easier for them makes it harder for somebody else.

"As a coordinator, you have to think about all of it. 'Well, this is a little harder on the linebackers and this is a little harder on the secondary.' So there's a balance there, so everything's not always stressing one position or one particular guy, and you're putting the burden on one guy."

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