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New England Patriots Links 8/20/11 - Weekend Update

Ryan Mallett still a work in progress
Ryan Mallett still a work in progress

Bill Belichick spoke to the media Friday afternoon.

We spent all morning and most of the afternoon reviewing the film and talking about as a staff how things went and [we are] trying to evaluate what happened last night and also make plans going forward for some things that we need to do, work on, some decisions we need to make and so forth. I thought overall last night that we obviously got off to a good start, which was great.

We got some great field position defensively and our offense was able to capitalize on that and get some points on the board, get the ball in the end zone, played good in the red area. Overall we had a pretty good night in the red area and on third down. I think the score is a little bit deceiving. I think in the first half we still made a lot of…there's a lot of things we need to do better. In the second half, I think there were a lot of good things out there but a lot of those were negated by a few bad things.

The score and the production and so forth looked like it shifted a lot from the first half to the second half but I would say, the overall play was probably not that far apart. The first half probably wasn't quite as good as it looked [and] the second half probably wasn't quite as bad as it looked. In any case, collectively as a team in all three phases of the game, we still have a lot of work to do, we have a lot of things we can do better and hopefully with this long week we have in front of us now with a couple extra days before the Detroit game, we'll be able to allocate more time to getting things done at a higher level and also putting in some new things and expanding our installation as we head closer to the start of the regular season. That's pretty much where we're at for this afternoon.



  • Mike Reiss shares some follow-up thoughts after reviewing the first half of the Patriots convincing win over the Bucaneers.
  • Ian Rapoport says if Thursday night's oppressive first half is any indication, Jerod Mayo unleashed could be awesome.
  • Paul Kenyon likes this new aggressive defense Bill Belichick is installing.
  • Tom E. Curran takes a quick look at some of the important points of Thursday night's win.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at the first-half snaps played by the Pats offensive players against Tampa Bay, and offers his analysis.
  • Mike Rodak re-watches Thursday night's preseason game against the Buccaneers and offers some observations: First quartersecond quartersecond half.
  • Paul Kenyon concludes the balanced offensive effort was what got the job done vs. the Bucs.
  • Zuri Berry gives us five takeaways from Patriots-Bucs preseason action.
  • Shalise Manza Young observes Ryan Mallett didn't let his early interception affect the rest of his play. He's still a work in progress.
  • Chris Gasper says preseason or not, the Patriots defense gives fans a reason to smile.
  • Ron Borges notes Bill Belichick is trying to win the Super Bowl the old-fashioned way — with a defense that terrorizes opponents.
  • Mike Reiss offers a few soundbites from Bill Belichick's conference call with the media yesterday.
  • Christopher Price posts some Friday evening bits from Bill and analysis.
  • Christopher Price reports Bill Belichick says the final score of the Bucs game was a bit deceiving.
  • Jeff Howe answers his Patriots Mailbag: Defense giving plenty of reason for optimism, increased expectations.
  • Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: No update on Danny Woodhead or Bret Lockett; Pats add safety depth with the signing of James Ihedigbo; RB Clinton Portis worked out at Gillette yesterday; Albert Haynesworth is in Foxboro working out. Belichick lists him as "day-to-day"; Pats will have to cut down their rosters to 80 players by August 30th.
  • Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: Belichick explains why Danny Woodhead was playing in the 4th quarter Thursday; No update yet on his condition; S James Ihedigbo, formerly from UMass and then a 2007 undrafted pick-up for the Jets, is now a Patriot; Nate Solder's performance earned a positive review from Belichick; Today is the last day of camp open to the public.
  • Video (ESPNBoston) Patriots by the numbers. (1 min. clip)