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New England Patriots Links 11/05/10 - Mayo's Attitude: 'Six Games Won't Get You Anywhere'

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<em>Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have the best winning percentage among a head coach-starting QB tandem since the 1970 merger</em>.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have the best winning percentage among a head coach-starting QB tandem since the 1970 merger.

Mike Reiss offers his three keys for Pats vs. Browns.

Expect the unexpected. Former Pats assistant Eric Mangini knows his Browns are overmatched, so expect him to throw everything he can at the Patriots, just as he did when shocking the Saints. Fake punts, fake field goals, unconventional plays, etc. ... the Patriots will have to be ready for anything.

Joshua Cribbs. The Browns struggle to score (their 16.9 point-per-game average is second-to-worst in the NFL), but Cribbs is their most explosive weapon. The Patriots will have to be disciplined about making sure he’s accounted for at all times, both on offense and special teams.

Recognition in pass protection. The Browns throw many different looks at teams on defense; the Patriots will have to be ready for them all.

Eric Mangini (Akron Beacon Journal) talks about why Tom Brady was picked so low in the draft.

"He didn’t come out of college the guy who he is now. There was a lot of work that had to be done and we used to do this post practice work and he wasn’t quite lighting it up, but he worked at it every day. He did all that opportunity work where I was coaching the DBs so I had the young DBs and he was throwing against them and you weren’t sitting there saying, ‘Holy cow this guy is unbelievable,’ but what you did sit there in those periods and getting to know him was, ‘Man this guy has an unbelievable work ethic, this guy’s really smart, this guy really cares.’ He got bigger, he got more experienced, he’s worked at it, it’s just hard work. Ability combined with hard work and it wasn’t a finished product by any stretch but he turned himself into who he is."

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