Michael Corkery (Wall Street Journal) What Goldman Sachs can learn from Bill Belichick. This is another example of a myth being taken for reality. The Wall Street Journal might want to do a bit of fact-checking before printing and perpetuating lies like this. The Patriots were never accused of "covertly video taping" anything, let alone a "Jets practice to learn their plays." Corkery and the Journal should be ashamed. (More photos of the 'event' here)
Perhaps Blankfein could learn a few things from New England Patriot coach Bill Belichick. The coach doesn’t care if people like him or his team. He frustrates reporters with terse, evasive answers in news conferences. His staff was accused of covertly video taping a New York Jets practice to learn their plays. And when he loses (like after the Pats’ surprise loss to the NY Giants in the Superbowl in 2008), he’s been known not to shake hands with the opposing coach. What Belichick cares mostly about is winning.
Bill Belichick on the value of QB Tom Brady. We know it, but it's nice to hear it out loud once in a while.
Tom's comfortable. Of course he's got a comfortable runoff, doing it for nine years. Tom's the guy that works hard and every week he's such a positive player on our football team, both for himself, our team and the younger players, particularly a week like this with Sam and Brandon and even Matt Slater jumping in there taking a few plays. Nobody prepares harder than Tom. Nobody works harder than Tom. And all the success that he gets on the field he really deserves, because he puts so much into it and gives so much of himself for this football team. He's a great leader. He's a great worker. And I'm glad he's our quarterback. There's nobody I'd rather have than Tom Brady.
- Highlights of the Win at Wembley. (10.43 min. video) Today:
Locker Room Uncut: Watson, Meriweather on win. (2.33 min. video)
- Karen Guregian brings up the big stretch of important games that looms for the Pats after the Bye.
- Christopher Price offers three main reasons why trying to gauge just how good the Patriots really are to this point has been a difficult task.
- Albert Breer is concerned and says it's tough to get a read on where these Patriots stand as they head into the Bye week.
- Shalise Manza Young recaps Sunday's win over the Bucs. Meriweather and the Pats D led the rout.
- Jim Donaldson notes if this were English football, Tampa Bay would be in danger of being relegated from the Premier League to the First Division.
- Ian Rapoport notes the Patriots' offense answered the call, delivering 4 plays of 40+ yards in the last two games.
- Ian Rapoport looks at how well rookie WR Brandon Tate did in his NFL debut.
- Eric Ortiz notes the Patriots Secondary is turning into a force of nature. Each week they're getting better and making more plays.
- Adam Kilgore reports Wes Welker has been as valuable as any wide receiver in the league. He leads the NFL with 46 catches (despite missing two games), and his 96.8 yards per game is also best in the league.
- Mike Reiss looks at the snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team's 35-7 win over the Buccaneers
- Ron Borges grades the Patriots on his Weekly Report Card. Borges has more disdain for weak-sauce opponents than he does for Belichick's team.
- Albert Breer looks at who made the grade, and who didn't, in New England's rout over Tampa Bay.
- Globe's reader interactive Report Card. Grade each position.
- Mike Reiss reports success in London could provide the springboard for NFL expansion.
- Jeff Howe feels the Patriots and the NFL still have a long way to go to catch on overseas.
- Boston Globe: London's view on Pats-Bucs (yawn).
- Boston Globe Patriots Notebook: Players enjoyed their time together in London; Sunday marked the 15th straight game the Patriots have notched a takeaway, the longest such streak in the NFL; Meriweather's pick six was the first since December 2007; Belichick was not happy with the ten penalties, nine on offense.
Boston Herald Patriots Notebook: Patrick Chung got off to a good start with four tackles and his first sack; the Patriots did end up doing a bit of sight-seeing on their 'business trip'; Sam Aiken earned praise from Belichick for how he productively filled in for Julian Edelman in that 3rd WR spot.
- Cris Carter and Paul Severino (ESPNBoston) Countdown Daily: The Patriots easy win over the Buccaneers in England. (3.01 min. video)
- Andrew Brandt (Nat'l Football Post) London games are no vacation. Players, coaches would rather stay home.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Week 7 Checkdown: AFC powers flex their muscles.
- Michael Lombardi (NFL.com) Week 7: Colts' Manning continues to amaze; Bears look like pretenders.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) Monday Tavern: Thoughts from Sunday's games.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) 'Bizarro World': Wide gap divides NFL's haves, have-nots.