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New England Patriots Links 10/14/09 - On to The Tennessee Titans

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<em>Wes Welker voted most underrated player by his peers.</em>
Wes Welker voted most underrated player by his peers.

Bill Belichick talks up the Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee is one of the most talented teams that we've seen in awhile. I know what their record is. But as far as what we have to prepare for, the team that we're seeing, their coaching staff, their scheme and the players - they're very good. [There's] no real doubt about how they won 13 games last season. They're really good across the board. They're a tough team. They're very physical. They can run the ball. They can stop the run. They are averaging over five yards per carry and giving up less than three, so they do a great job on the line of scrimmage - on both sides of the ball. They're an explosive team. [They get] a lot of big plays from Chris Johnson, and in the passing game with Kerry Collins, and his group of receivers and tight ends. All of that's behind a very good offensive line.

Defensively, they're - as I said, in the running game - outstanding, very disruptive. [They] have some very experienced guys in the secondary, big-play guys: [Cortland] Finnegan, [Michael] Griffin, [Chris] Hope and players like that. [They have a] good kicker, good coverage teams. [They are] a lot to get ready for, a very talented team, a team that I have a lot of respect for - Jeff [Fisher], and the job that they do down there. I'm sure it will be a physical game like it always is against them. They are certainly tough on the line of scrimmage.

Dean Pees talks about the Broncos 'Wild Horse' play last Sunday

They did a nice job with that ‘Wildcat' or whatever and doing it differently than what other people had. Basically [in] that part of it - the running part of it - they really only gained 24 yards on five plays. Twelve of it was in the first play when we missed a tackle at the line of scrimmage.

I don't think that in the big scheme of things that was a deciding factor. We certainly can play it better, but I don't think it was a deciding factor. The rest of the stuff is they do what they do and we did what we did. I don't think we were really shocked or surprised by the things they did. We just didn't play them well enough. We just need to play them better.

Nick Caserio discusses the offense not being in sync.

I think when you look at any player, you're looking to see if there's improvement on a day-to-day basis. Whether that's - and there's a number of opportunities for players to improve - in passing camps and training camp and once you get into the regular season. So, I think in the end, you want the players to play to the best of their ability. It's hard to put a timetable on anything and say, ‘By this date, you expect this.' The hope is that you go out each week and prepare and prepare well enough so that when you go into the game everybody can execute as a group.