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New England Patriots Links 9/17/14 - Offensive Woes: A Matter of Trust or Game Plan?

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Daily News and Links for 9/17/14

Mike Ehrmann

TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss helps us get to know the Oakland Raiders and three players to know on each side of the ball.
  • Mike Petraglia tells us why Bill Belichick is not taking the 0-2 Raiders lightly.
  • Mike Reiss warns us the broadcasting crew for Sundays game will be Greg Gumbel and Trent Green.
  • Karen Guregian points out five concerns she has about the Patriots offense: 1. Third-down woes.
  • Lee Schechter highlights the coaches discussing how they want more balance on offense.
  • Lee Schechter serves up some leftovers from Tuesday's conference calls with the coaches.
  • Christopher Price tells us which Patriots defenders have done the best job getting after the quarterback.
  • Mike Reiss looks at which players factored in most on special teams units Sunday: Maybe former Dolphin Don Jones wasn't signed just for intel purposes after all.
  • Mike Reiss posts his weekly stat check to see where the Patriots fit in with the rest of the league.
  • Mike Reiss answers his Patriots Mailbag: Anyone out there besides Edelman?
  • Tom E. Curran reminds the Brady-haters that free speech is also about the right to stay silent.
  • Rich Levine gives us a reasonable, rational and totally plausible explanation on why Tom Brady doesn't speak out.
  • Lee Schechter reports the Patriots have signed three players to the practice squad.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Patriots defense will face rookie QB Derek Carr Sunday, whose play has impressed Matt Patricia; BIll Belichick has high praise for Nate Ebner; Belichick notes Dominique Easley still has a lot of work ahead of him, and still getting a grasp of what they're doing defensively; Josh McDaniels admits they have to do a better job coaching crossing patterns and pick plays, and avoiding penalties.
  • Gayle Fee writes 'you couldn’t swing a dead cat in this town this week without hitting a pro athlete, as the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Revolution were busy meeting fans, doing good deeds, hitting the links and handing out free coffee.'

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