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New England Patriots Links 11/16/11 - Patriots Prep For Unfamiliar Chiefs

Bill Belichick touches on what he knows about Chiefs' backup QB Tyler Palko.

He's a player we have to do some work on and spend more time watching him. We of course haven't seen a lot of him in regular season game film. We can go back to preseason. I'd say an athletic player, quick release, can move around back there in the pocket, left-handed, and sees the field pretty well. I think they have a lot of confidence in him. He played ahead of [Ricky] Stanzi this year in preseason and I know Stanzi is a guy they drafted.

There's a lot to like about him too, so we'll have to be ready for both those guys. Obviously he played well enough to move into that second spot. Again, we all know from the 2008 season here and many other examples of teams we played against. Everybody wrote us off in 2008 when we lost Tom [Brady] and Matt [Cassel] led us to 11 wins. We're playing against a football team, not just one player. We know that whoever they have in there, whether it's Palko, Stanzi or whoever it is, that we're going to have to play a good football team. Again, this is a team that won their division last year. They have good coaches, they're well coached, they're disciplined [and] they have good depth.

Nick Caserio talks about scouting Jeff Tarpinian and what he could bring to this team.

Jeff was a player who had some injury issues his senior year at Iowa. He was slowed a little bit his senior year, but he was on the field. He was productive in their defense - was a smart player, pretty instinctive, ran well. Like I said, he just kind of had his season short-changed a little bit. He came into camp and was making some progress and then he got stalled there a little bit along the way, but he played and started, played in the kicking game for us when he finally got on the field. He played about, I want to say, 15-20 snaps defensively. I think he, along with a lot of other players, made the most of their opportunities. Hopefully, he can learn from what happened during the game on Sunday and make some of the corrections and try to improve and get ready for the next opponent.

Bill O'Brien responds to a question about the Kansas City defense.

I think they're a very well coached defense. They have a lot of players in that defense that are playing well right now and have a good knowledge base, knowledge of the defense obviously. With Coach [Romeo] Crennel there doing a great job. I just think it's a disciplined defense, it's a defense that doesn't give up a lot of points, doesn't give up a lot of big plays and so it's another big challenge for us.



  • Karen Guregian points out that thanks to Rob Gronkowski and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Patriots are 2nd best in the league in the Red Zone.
  • The Herald staff put together some of Rob Gronkowski's numbers that have helped make him and Tom Brady one of the best duos in the NFL.
  • Christopher Price writes about the best tight ends in Patriots history.
  • Chris Forsberg notes Bill Belichick was gushing to the media that it's impossible to overstate  just how much G Brian Waters has meant to the team.
  • Danny Picard reports Brian Waters has been a pleasant surprise to the Patriots coaching staff.
  • Chris Forsberg examines each of Chad Ochocinco's catches on Sunday.
  • Stan Grossfield reveals Andre Carter is as proficient at the piano as he is on the defensive line.
  • Christopher Price gets an AFC Scout's five-point plan of attack for the Patriots against the Chiefs.
  • Greg A. Bedard gives us a scouting report on Chief's inexperienced backup QB Tyler Palko, and the other positions.
  • Chris Forsberg suggests the familiarity between the Chiefs and Pats is more than Belichick is letting on.
  • Greg A. Bedard notes the Patriots walked out of MetLife Stadium Sunday night with their biggest victory of the season, without playing their best game.
  • Greg A. Bedard compares his pre-game keys with what really happened on the field - and then explains why he was WRONG in picking Jets to win 20-17.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly reader mailbag, advising Pats fans to just sit back and enjoy the ride this season.
  • Chris Forsberg serves up some leftover nuggets from Tuesday's conference calls.
  • Monique Walker reports Matt Light was honored with the 2011 Legends Award by the Hockomock YMCA at the 2011 YMCA Legends Ball.
  • NESN reports Deion Branch and Jerod Mayo used their off-day to volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank.
  • Christopher Price charts out which New England defenders have done the best job of getting after the quarterback through nine games.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at the weekly Patriots tackle leaderboard. Matthew Slater had a big day on special teams.
  • Mike Reiss catches up with former Patriots who were with the team in training camp, and tells us how they've been doing.
  • Boston Herald Patriots Notebook: Andre Carter and teammates were at Roxbury Crossing playing squash and lacrosse with youth; The football journey of Marcus Cannon keeps getting better as he was activated to the 53-man roster yesterday; Belichick has been impressed with the "high-quality" addition Brian Waters has been to the team.
  • Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: In the same year he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Marcus Cannon might get a chance to play in the NFL; Belichick says he's still not sure what ultimately will be Cannon's best position; Chief's QB Tyler Palko is a mystery man who has only played in 4 NFL games; For the first time in his career Gary Guyton was active but didn't play.
  • Thomas Smith reviews Michael Holley's newest book, "War Room" that looks at how Bill Belichick made the Patriots the envy of the NFL. It's at the top of my wish list.
  • Mike Cole shows us Chad Ochocinco's new 'Lethal Weapon 3'- inspired Twitter avatar co-starring Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Pretty funny.