Bill Belichick addresses the trick plays Cleveland executed well against New Orleans and whether that makes it harder to prepare for them.
They do that every week. They have plays that you really can't work on, or you can work on some of them but whether you're actually going to get the one that they use or they're going to come up with a new one, probably not. So they have those kind of plays every week, on offense, on special teams, on defense with their different blitzes or punt-rushes, field-goal rushes, things like that. That's part of preparing for them. You know you're going to get something that you aren't going to be working on. They're going to try and spring something on you - you got to be alert for it - but really, they do it every week. I mean, those are great plays; they hit big: the couple of interceptions, they runback for touchdowns, the punt return, the fake punt. But you see those plays throughout the course of the game from them on a regular basis.
It's great. It's great. He's such a great guy. He's a great player. He's coming in with a great attitude. I've had a chance to talk to him over the last few months. He's been a great contributor to this team and to this organization. You can never have too many great football players or too many great teammates, so it's great to have him back. Everyone is excited to have him back. He's friends with all of us, so as I said, over the course of the last few months, there's been plenty of interaction with the players. Everyone kind of knew he was coming in today and was just excited to see him and greet him and welcome him back. He's excited to get out there on the field and start playing football, because that's really what he loves to do.
I have thoughts; I just don't really care to share them.
- Erik Scalavino notes the return of understated Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins is the talk of the day at Gillette Stadium.
- Erik Scalavino tells us what happened at yesterday's practice.
- Patriots-Browns Wednesday Injury Report.
- Wednesday Pressers: Bill Belichick (17.14 min.), Tom Brady (7 min.) and Logan Mankins (6.41 min.)
- The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed rookie QB Jonathan Crompton and DL Lorenzo Washington to the practice squad, and placed WR Darnell Jenkins on the injured list with a knee injury.
- Patriots Today - League's best team gets a boost. (3.09 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Mankins on the field. (1.13 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Reactions to Mankins' return. (3.23 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Patriots Kids Cafe in Chelsea. (2.51 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Belichick Breakdown: Patriots vs. Vikings. (5.49 min. video)
- Patriots' High School Coach of the Week: Mansfield High School's Mike Redding. Go Hornets!
- Mark Farinella reports on Logan Mankins' return to work, saying it's difficult to speculate whether it's for a short or long term run.
- Shalise Manza Young reports on Logan Mankins return to Gillette and his unwillingness to share his thoughts on his contract situation.
- Christopher Price reports on Logan Mankins being 'back and ready to go' and what it means for the team.
- Tom E. Curran asserts Logan Mankins power play was an epic failure when he realized he just didn't have the stomach for it.
- Mark Farinella notes Mankins' teammates, including current starting left guard Dan Connolly, were happy to see him return.
- Mike Reiss checks in with former Pats TE Benjamin Watson, who leads the Browns with 30 receptions.
- Mike Reiss notes that the relationship between head coaches Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini is being revisited by the media.
- Steve Buckley says the relationship between the two NFL coaches is no longer a sensitive, hands-off topic, and looks at the direction each coach has taken since the split.
- Greg A. Bedard talks about Eric Mangini's 'long, strange trip into humility' since his last game in 2008 against the Patriots.
- Jerry Thornton looks at the rewarding side of being part of an evil empire, 'collecting way, way more than our share of sworn blood enemies'.
- Greg A. Bedard highlights Eric Mangini's conference call with the media Wednesday.
- Ian Rapoport captured the dialogue of Tom Brady hijacking the New England media conference call with Eric Mangini.
- Ian Rapoport's video of the day: Coach Belichick talks about those whacky handshakes with Eric Mangini.
- Karen Guregian reports on the Titans landing Randy Moss and how that move might impact the Patriots.
- Ian Rapoport hears from Myron Pryor on the hit that knocked Favre out of the game Sunday.
- Mike Reiss reports the Patriots are 2nd in the NFL in dropped passes.
- Mike Reiss says the Patriots stayed in their base defense for the majority of last Sunday's win over the Vikings.
- Mike Reiss looks at the snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team's 28-18 win over the Vikings, and offering his analysis.
- Chris Gasper eats his words about Bill Belichick, admitting that by heeding their head coach, the Patriots are the head of the class in the NFL.
- Shalise Manza Young Patriots Notebook: Browns QB Colt Mccoy has impressed in 2 straight games; Sammy Morris has been mentoring young RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead even though it takes chances away from himself; Tom Brady eluded the question of if he'd welcome Randy moss back; Injury update.
- Kirk Minihane answers his Patriots weekly reader mailbag.
- Matt Williamson (ESPN) Scouts Inc. ranks the top 10 rookies after Week 8. Patriots have two players on the list and one in the notable section.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Connolly stepped up in Mankins' absence.
- Mike Wilkening (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots-Browns matchup of the day.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) How I see it: AFC East stock watch.
- William D. Cohan (CNN Money) Football's true Patriot. Robert Kraft has turned New England into a football juggernaut. Now all he has to do is save the NFL.
- John Clayton (ESPN) AFC East Huddle. (2 min. video)
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Shawne Merriman worth a shot for Buffalo.
- Don Banks (SI) Randy Moss to Titans: Three main reasons Tennessee claimed him.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Titans make the right call adding Moss.
- ESPN Childress: Trading for Moss was mistake.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Childress sends Vikes into turmoil.
- Steve Rushin (SI) Randy Moss will master the art of interviewing -- himself.
- Jim Corbett (USA Today) At midpoint of NFL 2010, little has gone as planned thus far.
- Chris Chase (Yahoo! Sports) There are many awful NFL rules. The sliding one might be the worst.
- Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Polamalu: Goodell has too much power.
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) Teams often struggle to win the right way.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) NFLs biggest crybabies.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) NFL season's 10 biggest busts not named Moss.
VIEW FROM CLEVELAND
- Matt Florjancic (ClevelandBrowns.com) Preparing for the Patriots. Eric Mangini is very familiar with the New England Patriots.
- Steve Doerschuk (Canton Rep) Patriots' Brady familiar with Browns' coaches.
- Matt Florjancic (ClevelandBrowns.com) What to watch for: Patriots-Browns.
- Nate Ulrich (Akron Beacon Journal) Holmgren cagey on QB, job outlook for Mangini.
- Stephanie Storm (Akron Beacon Journal) No controversy for QB as McCoy poised to start.
- Marla Ridenour (Akron Beacon Journal) If healthy, Browns QB Wallace deserving of a shot.
- Mary Kay Cabot (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Seneca Wallace doesn't practice, so Colt McCoy is likely starting QB on Sunday.
- Tony Grossi (Cleveland Plain Dealer) An Eric Mangini-Bill Belichick thaw? Browns coach would like one, Patriots coach not so much.
- Steve Doerschuk (Canton Rep) Belichick, Mangini share some good, bad history.
- Stephanie Storm (Akron Beacon Journal) Relationship between Mangini, former mentor Belichick still in deep freeze.