Bill Belichick responds to media questions about Gary Guyton filling in for Jerod Mayo.
We had our moments. There were some good things [and] there were some other things we need to do a better job of. Gary [Guyton] basically replaced Jerod in our regular defense and then we had some other guys in sub defenses. So we had some different packages in there, it wasn't a Ferris wheel of guys. There was actually a plan there, believe it or not.
Yeah, [it helped that Gary Guyton had been in that situation a few years back] well Gary and Jerod came in together. They're very close, personally and [they] play well next to each other. They have great communication and both guys kind of can do what the other one does. They flip assignments and positions regularly on the defense just to change up the looks, just to have a different guy doing it - within the structure of the defense, having different guys doing it to make the offense read it differently and so forth. I think Gary has good experience and he knows all the positions - any inside linebacker part of the defense, regardless of what our front is and so forth, he's pretty adept and he's a real sharp guy.
Well, we'll see what the game plan is going forward here. But certainly Gary has had a big role in our defense over the last three years and I'm sure he'll continue to. He's a key guy for us and he's done a good job. He's done various things: played in sub defenses, played in regular defenses, played our middle linebacker spot, played our other inside linebacker spot, what we'll call the Will. He's done a lot of things.
Ian Rapoport notes Wes Welker is on pace to shatter the NFL record for most yards gained in a season.
“I feel like this is the best I’ve ever felt, this is the best I’ve played in my career,” Welker said. “So I think just my attitude towards the game and the work I put into it on a daily basis, and understand that this is my job and taking it very seriously, and training and everything that I’ve been able to do has helped out this year. We’ve just got to keep it going and understand that it’s just the first quarter of the season, and we have a long ways to go.”
“I don’t know what I’ve averaged to this point or anything like that, but I feel like my speed is definitely something I’ve worked on this offseason,” he said, “and my dieting and everything I’ve tried to do to be the best football player I can be out there.”
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