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New England Patriots links 1/05/18 - Belichick’s word of the week: ‘urgency’

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  • Mike Reiss sums up Bill Belichick’s bye-week message to the team: ‘Urgency.’
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots don’t have a game this weekend, but according to Tom Brady: “It’s still football season. It’s not a week off at all.”
  • Ryan Hannable wonders how it is possible for Brandin Cooks’ 1,000-yard receiving season to not meet expectations.
  • Mike Reiss thumbnails the 12 players on this year’s team who’ve yet to see the postseason.
  • Zack Cox looks at how the Patriots roster has changed since the season-opening loss to the Chiefs.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots Dispatches: No days off; That’s our ‘HC’.
  • Jeff Howe spotlights the unique pass defense of Patrick Chung, who might have just wrapped up the best regular season of his career.
  • Adam Kurkjian reminds us of how Stephen Gostkowski has been a consistent element to the Patriots success.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: With interviews on tap, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels won’t leave for just any head coaching offer.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Jimmy Garoppolo timing didn’t work out, and that’s fine.
  • Rich Thompson says the Patriots have used their off week to work on fundamentals, allow tired aching bodies to heal and let lesser teams slug it out for the right to visit wintery Foxboro on Jan. 13.
  • Steve Buckley thinks ‘any football exec would have to be an absolute chicken - or idiot -’ to not hire Matt Patricia because of the Goodell clown shirt he wore.
  • Ryan Hannable tells everything there is to know about the ESPN story, which speculates this is Belichick’s last season with the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran shares his thoughts on the ESPN piece on the Pats ‘dysfunction.’ Upshot of the story is that -- after 18 years together -- there’s friction between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft.
  • Doug Kyed gives his thoughts on the Seth Wickersham “End of the Patriots dynasty” article and reiterates no one knows what Belichick will or won’t do after thte season.
  • Zack Cox recaps the ESPN report on Brady vs. Belichick vs. Kraft. “The Patriots told Wickersham that there were ‘several inaccuracies and multiple examples given that absolutely did not occur.”
  • Doug Kyed posts the statement from Don Yee, Agent of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo: “I don’t really know what to say — it’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote. All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read.”
  • Michael Hurley also weighs in on ESPN’s 4,600-word story.
  • Ryan Hannable hears from Adam Schefter on WEEI: ‘My guess is Bill Belichick is back as Patriots head coach next season.’
  • Jim Lazar pushes the idea that one day Jimmy G will be back playing for the Pats, and makes his Wildcard Weekend picks. Chiefs, Falcons, Jaguars, Saints.