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New England Patriots Links 9/11/12 - Belichick: Players Deserve All the Credit

<em>That's the face of the toughest metrosexual in the league</em>.
That's the face of the toughest metrosexual in the league.

Bill Belichick praises the players for their win in Tennessee on Sunday.

Like I said yesterday after the game, I thought the players really did a good job yesterday. The players deserve all the credit for the outcome of the game. I thought we played physically for 60 minutes and made plays in all three phases of the game. We scored 27 points offensively, which is OK; didn’t turn the ball over. Defensively we had a solid day. On special teams we had real good field position; defensively we played on a long field and we had a few short field opportunities between the defense and special teams, so those things were good. We didn’t turn the ball over, had a couple, and didn’t have a lot of penalties. The Titans threw a lot of things at us that were new, like you always see on opening day; pretty typical of an opener. Again, I thought the players did a good job adjusting to them and playing through some situations in the game. I thought they handled themselves well. We have a long way to go, we certainly left a lot of plays out there on the field that could have been better, we could have made more out of, or were opportunities for us to gain more yards or give up fewer or turn the ball over, that type of thing. We’ll try to correct those today and turn the page and get onto Arizona. It’s good to win; it’s good to be 1-0, but we have a long way to go. Hopefully we can continue to improve this week – this is a big week for us.

Gerry Callahan lauds the heart and toughness of Logan Mankins.

"There’s guys across the league playing hurt so I don’t think I’m nothing special," said Mankins. "I’m a football player. If I get hurt and can still be out there, I’m going to be out there for my teammates."

The Mankins story made the rounds before the Patriots season opener in Tennessee and the ramifications were far reaching and instant: At least three Red Sox players were treated by medical personnel for "queasiness" after hearing of Mankins’ valor.