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New England Patriots links 12/12/18 - Don’t throw out the Brady with the bad-play bathwater

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Zack Cox scouts the Steelers, with six things to know before Sunday: 1. Big Ben’s banged up but should play.
  • Evan Lazar sees Tom Brady’s performance vs. Dolphins as a sign of good things to come for the Patriots offense.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) In recent weeks, Sony Michel and Patriots RBs have been jarringly inefficient.
  • Karen Guregian wants to see ‘the defense wake up, clog the gaping holes in the middle of the line and do a much better job tackling on Sunday’. What she doesn’t want to see is another former Patriot (in this case Stevan Ridley) revenge game.
  • Zack Cox notes Brian Flores knows he has to fix the run defense after a historically bad showing in Miami.
  • Doug Kyed takes a look at who should start at cornerback vs. the Steelers’ challenging receivers.
  • Karen Guregian notes Josh McDaniels lauds Rob Gronkowski’s toughness to keep taking hits.
  • Tom E. Curran has tracked the reality of how Rob Gronkowski takes an outlandish amount of punishment in the form of high-speed collisions where he has little time to brace himself. Maybe more than anybody else in the league.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Film Review: Defense edition.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Brian Flores takes the blame for the Miami meltdown: ‘That’s on us as a coaching staff’.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady relays Bill Belichick’s message to Patriots after tough loss in Miami.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Teams will continue to run until defense finds way to stop it.
  • Michael Hurley says it’s time to take a sober look at reasons to believe things are going to be fine in Patriots Land, as well as reasons to prepare for an earlier-than-usual end to the season.
  • Mike Reiss reports the red cleats Tom Brady wore vs. the Vikings as part of the NFL’s “My Cleats, My Cause” initiative currently have the top auction bid among all players.
  • Darren Hartwell suggests Tom Brady seems irritated by talk of the Patriots’ season being “over”.
  • Nick O’Malley takes a look at where Tom Brady’s former backups are now.