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New England Patriots links 1/02/20 - Patriots tackle Titans prep with ‘back to basics’ approach

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Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
Deatrich Wise demonstrates a successful tackle
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  • Zack Cox talks about the Patriots going back to basics as they prepare to face a high-powered Titans offense, placing an emphasis on the essential art of tackling.
  • Michael Hurley takes a closer look at every area to compare the Patriots and Titans ahead of their wild-card matchup: Does either team really have an advantage?
  • Matt Dolloff warns that it’s not just the running game, the Patriots will have to stop Ryan Tannehill while he’s playing the best football of his career
  • Ryan Hannable points out how the Patriots’ defense against the Titans’ offense is strength vs. strength and how the success of both units have come at the expense of bad competition.
  • Doug Kyed highlights N’Keal Harry dishing on the Patriots playbook, his role, and playing to his strengths.
  • Zack Cox wonders if Stephon Gilmore can return to form this week.
  • Doug Kyed notes Deatrich Wise has a simple plan to limit penalties moving forward: “Don’t get flags.”
  • Zack Cox mentions how the Patriots captains are putting this rare wild-card game into perspective.
  • Doug Kyed reports Julian Edelman says he “feels good” after battling injuries throughout the 2019 season.
  • Ryan Hannable wants to make sure we’re aware that Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees has had success against Tom Brady and the Patriots
  • Zack Cox Practice Report: Team health looks promising ahead of Titans game.
  • Tom E. Curran calls out Bill Belichick for not getting rookie WRs to produce the way A.J. Brown has for the Titans.
  • Chad Finn makes some fearless sports predictions for 2020. 1. A Boston team will bring home a title in 2020.
  • Doug Kyed NFL Rumors: Patriots coaches OK’d to interview for head coaching jobs.
  • Patrick Dunne passes along a Boston Globe report that Josh McDaniels is ‘already lining up staff’ for his departure from the Patriots.
  • Patriots Beat: Mike Petraglia and Alex Barth discuss if there actually could be hope for the Patriots in the playoffs. (35 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate’s crossover edition with Locked On Titans. (38 min.)



  • Michael McCann (SI) What a punishment may look like for the Patriots following the NFL’s Investigation: There was reportedly no evidence tying New England’s coaching staff to the videotaping of the Bengals’ sideline on Dec. 8. So how will the NFL proceed?
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL probe has not implicated Patriots’ football staff in sideline video.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) With no link to football operations, Patriots’ punishment should be minimal.
  • Matt Dolloff spills the bad news for anyone hoping the NFL would connect the Patriots’ football operation to videotaping the Bengals.