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New England Patriots Links 12/10/13 - 'Next Man Up' Philosophy Faces Tough Test

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 12/10/13

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Matthew Mulligan goes up and ... and... not quite over
Matthew Mulligan goes up and ... and... not quite over
Jim Rogash



  • Brian MacPherson notes that without Gronk, the next-man-up philosophy faces its true test.
  • Jeff Howe highlights the Gronk effect and all the ways he makes the offense better, before noting it's unclear how the Pats will adjust without him.
  • Doug Kyed notes Matthew Mulligan is fully buying into the "next man up" philosophy but says he can only be himself, and play to his best ability.
  • Tom E. Curran explores how the Patriots will handle the replacing, recovery and retention of Gronkowski.
  • Mark Daniels lays out the intense road to recovery for Rob Gronkowski, and the team.
  • Field Yates highlights some sound bites from Bill Belichick's conference call with the media: Replacing Gronkowski a team effort.
  • Gerry Callahan calls Tom Brady the team's patron saint of lost causes, saying it may take another miracle for them to get back to the AFC title game.
  • Nick Underhill wonders if the Pariots can piece together an offense for a playoff run.
  • Tedy Bruschi posts the transcript of his Monday Patriots chat: Little guys need to fill Gronk's shoes.
  • Eric Wilbur asserts the Patriots didn't deserve to win that way.
  • Jeff Howe gives us five takeaways from Sunday's game.
  • Mike Reiss re-watches Sunday's game and offers his observations: First quarter - Second quarter - Third quarter - Fourth quarter.
  • Tom E. Curran believes the legal knee shots could be on its last legs.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: This will be a 'hat & T-shirt game' if the Patriots win in Miami on Sunday; Lady luck wasn't only shining on the Patriots last week, the Dolphins only won because Antonio Brown barely stepped out of bounds on his run to the end zone; Rob Ninkovich only cares that 'a win is a win in the NFL'; TJ Ward's hit on Gronkowski was considered 'clean' by players; Pats re-signed TE D.J. Williams to fill Gronk's roster spot.
  • Ron Borges wears out another angry red sharpie in his Week 14 Patriots Report Card.