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New England Patriots Links 10/12/11 - O'Brien: 'There's not going to be a lot of sleeping in Foxborough this week'

<em>Wes Welker to CB Orlando Scandrick: "Here's me looking at you looking at me."</em>
Wes Welker to CB Orlando Scandrick: "Here's me looking at you looking at me."

Bill O'Brien addresses what's the key toward making sure that DeMarcus Ware doesn't totally destroy his offensive game plan.

That's a great question. He's definitely a guy that can affect the game. He's having a really good year. They do a great job, Rob Ryan and his staff, do a great job of moving him around so you really can't get a beat on where he is. We're putting it together right now. We always talk on Tuesday at noon and that's when we're right in the middle of game planning and that's we're doing. We're just making sure we have a plan for knowing where he is and making sure that we have him accounted for.

[Rob Ryan] does a great job with what he's doing right now. They're the top ranked defense in a lot of categories, at least in the top-five in most. It's going to be a big challenge for us. It's a multiple defense, they do a lot of things. There's not going to be a lot of sleeping in Foxborough this week. We have a lot of work to do and make sure that we're ready to go on Sunday.

Bill Belichick talks about the challenges ahead preparing for the Cowboys on Sunday.

We're digging in on the Cowboys here. We have a lot of work to do. They're a really good team – could easily be 4-0, just a couple of plays away. They're really talented. They have a lot of good players in all three phases of the game. They're well coached. I think Jason [Garrett] has done a good job with the team. Rob [Ryan] with the defense. They're explosive in every area of the game. They have a lot of very talented players. We've got our work cut out as far as preparation goes and just becoming familiar with a team that we don't know very much about. I'm sure they're way ahead of where we're at right now with the time they had last week. We have to work hard to get caught up on that. They have three real good coordinators with Joe DeCamillis on special teams and their offensive and defensive systems and good players to go with it. They're a tough game to get ready for.

Nick Caserio talks about the James Ihedigbo signing and how he has fit in with the Patriots.

James actually had a role for the Jets defensively - he played in a lot of their sub packages, a lot of their dime packages. He was probably one of their better blitzers that they had when he was on the field and he's a smart player, he's an instinctive player, he's tough, and shows up in the kicking game. He's come in and worked hard and made the most of his opportunities. When players come to our program, ultimately it's up to them. Their performance will dictate what their role ultimately is on the team and James has come in and taken advantage of his opportunities and he had more opportunities on Sunday and did a decent job. So, we'll see how it goes this week in preparation for Dallas.



  • Greg A. Bedard writes an excellent analysis of Rex Ryan's game plan vs. Tom Brady.
  • Greg A. Bedard takes a final look back at Patriots-Jets and looks at how he did with his pre-game keys to victory.
  • Chris Forsberg gleans some nuggets from the coaching staff as they prepare for the Cowboys and another Ryan defense on Sunday.
  • Greg A. Bedard notes the Dallas offense is capable of putting up big numbers and the Pats defense will get it's first real benchmark test.
  • Christopher Price looks at the very good TEs the Patriots have been able to stop so far and puts Jason Witten as the new target.
  • Tom E. Curran checks in with 48 lines on 24 issues: There is no better example of how highly evolved the Patriots offense is than the speed with which it is run.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Bill Belichick's guest appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio's Movin' The Chains program, where he explained why he switched to a 4-3 defense and more.
  • Mike Rodak reports Wes Welker welcomes the challenge from Cowboys' CB Orlando Scandrick.
  • Karen Guregian brings up the issue of Wes Welker playing in the last year of his contract and set to become a free agent after the season.
  • Mike Reiss explains Dan Gronkowski's release was merely health-related and he officially returned yesterday.
  • Chris Forsberg tells us what happened to Jermaine Cunningham.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at where the Pats rank in key statistical areas, with the biggest jump coming on third-down defense.
  • Christopher Price breaks down which New England defenders have done the best job of getting after the QB through five games.
  • Mike Reiss updates the Patriots' tackle leaderboard with McCourty still on top, and Guyton and Carter climbing.
  • Stan Grossfield reports the decibel readings from Gillette show that the fans are backing their team loudly at home. Even Belichick noticed it.
  • Jeff Howe notes Brian Hoyer is tuning out the hype over speculation he could be a starting QB next year.
  • Paul Kenyon reports how Patriots players pitched in to help build a Providence playground Tuesday.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Jason Witten is the next high-level tight end on the Patriots list to figure out how to shut down; OLB DeMarcus Ware is another Cowboy they'll have to account for; Belichick mentions how the Patriots did their homework on Dez Bryant before the 2010 draft; Nick Caserio explains what they saw in James Ihedigbo and how he fits in with the Pats; Patrick Chung ended up with stitches from the bizarre play that ended with D'Brickashaw Ferguson's cleat getting stuck in Chung's helmet.
  • Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: While opponents are studying Wes Welker, he is studying them; 16 Patriots players were in Providence on their day off helping 200+ volunteers build a playground; Belichick explained his shift to a 4-3 defense yesterday; Belichick thinks Jermaine Cunningham is on the upswing and someone he hopes will be able to contribute soon; TE Jason Witten was lauded by the Pats coaching staff; Dan Gronkowski's return to the team is official.