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New England Patriots Links 5/17/10 - Patriots, Mankins Talking; Crable Healthy and 'Ready To Go'

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<em>Bill Belichick explaining to Shawn Crable how he will crush him if Crable gets injured again and doesn't play</em>.
Bill Belichick explaining to Shawn Crable how he will crush him if Crable gets injured again and doesn't play.

Mike Reiss reports a fully healthy Shawn Crable is excited about another opportunity to break into the lineup. (Is 'break' really the right word to use here?)

Crable was asked how much better he is now than when he first joined the team. "Mentally, I’m a lot better," he responded. "I know a lot more of the playbook, I know a little more of what is going on. I don’t feel like I’m walking into something I don’t know what to expect."

Crable said he’s embracing the competition at outside linebacker, where second-round draft choice Jermaine Cunningham joins a mix that includes Tully Banta-Cain, Derrick Burgess, Rob Ninkovich, Pierre Woods, Marques Murrell and Bruce Davis. "Another opportunity," he said. "We'll see if we can do it better this time."

Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) Winning makes doing contracts tougher.  The "Disease of Me" is in play in New York. In case you forgot the meaning: The disease of me = The defeat of us.

SIX DANGER SIGNALS OF THE DISEASE OF ME:

1. Chronic feelings of under appreciation – Focus on oneself.

2. Paranoia over being cheated out of one's rightful share.

3. Leadership vacuum resulting from formation of cliques and rivalries.

4. Feelings of frustration even when the team performs successfully.

5. Personal effort mustered solely to outshine one's teammate.

6. Resentment of the competence of another – Refuse to admit his contribution.

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