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New England Patriots Links 1/11/12 - Patriots All-In 100% After the Bye

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<em>Patriots won't have Andre Carter this time around, but they still have Mark Anderson on sack duty</em>.
Patriots won't have Andre Carter this time around, but they still have Mark Anderson on sack duty.

Bill Belichick is asked about Denver's pass rushers.

They're very good. Von Miller is outstanding, [Elvis] Dumervil is outstanding, [Robert] Ayers, they do a good job. When they put Miller and Dumervil outside, those guys are fast and explosive. They can go inside, outside, power rush, occasionally drop into coverage, make a lot of plays from behind, they're strong at the point of attack. They're very good, very good.

Tom Brady responds to a question about whether anything has changed since their earlier matchup.

It's the same guys in there on defense and there are some of the same schemes. There are definitely some new wrinkles that they've added to what they're doing that we have to be able to prepare for. But the way the team has played the course of the entire season, you don't go into these games and think, ‘Oh, let's change it up.' You get to this point for playing a certain style. They're going to continue to play their style - what they think they do very well. And we're going to try to do the things that we do well.

Vince Wilfork talks about what the Patriots need to do on defense Saturday.

This game is going to come down to disciplined football for us. I think we said it the first time - disciplined football for us - up front, secondary and with the backers. I think every one of us is going to have a job to do. If we don't do that, we will find ourselves in trouble, quick, fast and often. That's one thing we're trying to minimize. We're trying to prepare well and play well on Saturday. That's our goal. It's a one game season for us right now. The more we can get down and practice with the preparation.

I think last week was a big week for us as a team. Just having the extra time and going out and actually getting some extra looks at things, get some stuff ironed out that we thought may give us some problems going forward or doing some things that we think can help us going forward. I think last week was a big week for us and it really helped us.

This is the postseason now. I'm expecting everything. I'm expecting them to throw the kitchen sink. Like I said, you lose now, you go home. I think every team understands that. Before it's too late, you have to understand what you're going into. You have to understand the battle you're going into. It started last week for us, just coming in and getting some things done. Hopefully it can transfer over to this week and onto the game Saturday.

TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Ian Rapoport reports there's no looking back now for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
  • Shalise Manza Young says the comeback wins have fostered confidence in a Patriots team ready to tough it out.
  • Jeff Howe reveals Brandon Spikes used to be known as the Tebow of the defense at Florida, in reference to his leadership.
  • Karen Guregian notes the Patriots defense will be facing a more confident Tim Tebow, who beat the Steelers with the long ball.
  • Mark Daniels reminds us how solid the Denver defense is too.
  • Christopher Price reports the Patriots want to keep Miller and Dumervil away from Brady again.
  • Mike Petraglia hears Rob Gronkowski and Stevan Ridley agree that Denver is more than just Tim Tebow.
  • Tom E. Curran says the Pats must pack their poise on Saturday.
  • Mike Reiss offers two takeaways from Tuesday's practice. Belichick had the team in full pads to work on run defense.
  • Michael Whitmer says Tom Brady is concentrating on beating the Broncos and ending his streak in the playoffs.
  • Rich Levine notices Tebow is getting all the attention but the QB on the other side is still pretty good.
  • Tony Massarotti thinks the Patriots will make the Broncos methodically drive down the field to make Tebow show consistency.
  • Steve Buckley is tired of the Good vs. Evil bit. Me too.
  • Ian Rapoport catches up with Broncos CB Jonathan Wilhite, who is preparing to play his former team on Saturday.
  • Paul Kenyon talks about the playoff experience of the players on both teams.
  • Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Josh McDaniels was out on the practice field, wearing his familiar hoodie just like before; Every player suited up for practice yesterday and players noticed a sense of urgency; Stevan Ridley is ready to have a big game if called on; Pats D is prepared to get physical against the best rushing offense in the NFL.
  • Shalise Manza Young Patriots Notebook: For the first time this season, no players were missing from the Pats' full-pads practice; John Fox remembers how his team didn't do a good job of defending Aaron Hernandez (9 for 129); Fox, a friend of Belichick, says he'll never forget Super Bowl XXXVIII; Belichick was happy for close friends Romeo Crennel and Nick Saban; This is the first time NE faces Denver in the playoffs at home.
  • Ian Rapoport looks at Tom Brady's playoff numbers.
  • Christopher Price wonders what the Patriots offense will look like in 2012 under Josh McDaniels.
  • Mark Farinella calls the Denver media and some national writers "Crybabies!" for their take on the McDaniels hiring.

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