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New England Patriots Links 10/13/09 - Silver Lining: Jerod Mayo is Back

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<em>Broncos' Knowshon Moreno fumbles the football as he is tackled by Patriots LB Jerod Mayo in the first quarter Sunday. New England recovered the fumble</em>.
Broncos' Knowshon Moreno fumbles the football as he is tackled by Patriots LB Jerod Mayo in the first quarter Sunday. New England recovered the fumble.


Bill Belichick talks about the pass rush on Sunday.

"If there was an order in the chain reaction, it would have started with the Broncos’ quick and short passing attack, then the coverage, then the pass rush. In other words, it’s all connected,’’ he said.

"Pass defense is all inter-related. It’s all about the timing of the coordination between the coverage and the rush. So if the receivers are covered and the quarterback has to hold the ball, then your pass rush has a chance to get there. If they’re not covered, then it doesn’t make any difference, they don’t have to block anybody, the ball’s already gone. It’s all about timing.’’

"There wasn’t a lot of time when [Orton] was standing back there holding the ball. There were times when we were getting to him but the ball was out of there.

Ron Borges actually makes sense when evaluating Tom Brady's performance Sunday:

The simplistic way to explain this loss is to blame Tom Brady, who did not have a good day throwing the ball. When your offense not only fails to score in the final 30 minutes but fails to convert a single third down (0-for-6) it is obviously a dreadful day, and so there is responsibility to be accepted for what went on.

Yet Brady’s inconsistency is to be expected because every quarterback who came back from major ACL surgery has followed this same up-and-down pattern in the early games of the new season, so deal with it, people. That’s not an excuse, it’s just reality.

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