New England Patriots Links 11/18/11 - Logan Mankins Irritated With Penalties

Logan Mankins talks to the media about the challenges of running the no-huddle, his level of play this season, penalties and the running game.

Yeah, it gets pretty tiring but they're getting tired too, so that's the main thing. It's nice to do it occasionally when it's working good. We like it. The d-line, I think they get more tired than we actually do because they have to chase the ball. But it does get pretty tiring in there - you don't have the rest between plays like in the huddle.

Of course [it perks us up a bit when he sees the defensive linemen wearing down]. You like those guys to be tired, they can't go as fast. Occasionally they substitute guys in there and then we're tired and they're not, so that's the disadvantage I guess.

[My level of play this year has] been pretty good, except for the penalties - that's kind of irritating. And then there have been a couple other plays that I wish I could do over.

I don't know [why there have been a number of penalties]. Those false starts, they are just something that shouldn't happen but they have happened. Hopefully I could not have any more of those.

That [holding penalty last week] was a horrible call. And I'm not even saying that to be funny, it was just horrible.

At times [the running game] has been up and down this year. Last week, I liked the way we ran the ball; the outcome wasn't as good as we wanted, not as many yards. I think we stuck to the run, we got 28 runs or so, so that's always good to get that number of runs. They were trying to stop the run too. They had guys down there - played a lot of five man fronts so they didn't want us to run the ball and we kept trying to run the ball so that's always good. As long as you get a lot of carries, you give yourself a good chance to win the game.

Chris Gasper gives us his three keys for the Patriots to beat the Chiefs on Monday night.

1. Patriots must win the battle of wits against some old friends

2. Contain dangerous Kansas City wideout Dwayne Bowe

3. Stop the Chiefs running game

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