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New England Patriots links 10/20/20 - Belichick talking ‘bout practice: ‘Full week of work’ would help

Daily news and links for Tuesday

Denver Broncos v New England Patriots
Bill Belichick on practices: “Please, sir, I want some more”
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  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: What went wrong for the Patriots offense; Jon Jones’s big day; More. The Patriots’ struggles on offense were on all three phases: QB, OL, and WRs.
  • Alex Barth looks at the Patriots personnel decisions and how the roster holes were exposed (or re-exposed) in Sunday’s loss.
  • Alex Barth relays Bill Belichick with an update on DT Beau Allen, who is eligible to come off IR.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the 18-12 Loss to the Broncos. 1. New England’s systemic failure to develop skill talent is truly remarkable. /Interesting.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: That was rock bottom.
  • Jerry Thornton gives us his knee-jerk reactions to Week 6: Julian Edelman was in 43 snaps and I defy you to describe three things he did. N’Keal Harry was in more. And a complete N’on Factor.
  • Alex Barth shares 18 thoughts from the 18-12 loss. 2. By my count the Patriots were without 15 starters yesterday, [including players who opted out.] Obviously the performance was flat by those on the field, but keep in mind Bill Belichick was working with a shell of the roster he built back in the spring.
  • Matthew Geagan explains how the patchwork offensive line gave the Patriots offense little chance on Sunday.
  • Matthew Geagan sees the need for N’Keal Harry and Julian Edelman to step up to get the offense back on track.
  • Tom E. Curran sees the Patriots on a flat-line trajectory. Glass half full version: They are 2-3, but all three losses came with huge caveats. There was a lot to like about the team in those defeats. Glass half empty version: They are 2-3 and closer inspection reveals that those losses to Seattle and Kansas City – which are used as display pieces – were smoke-and-mirrors performances where the coaching staff big-brained the opposition.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Winners and losers (with gifs!) from the Patriots Week 6 defeat. Winner: Jonathan Jones.
  • Phil Perry grades the Week 6 Patriots: Pats offense close to total failure. But they should’ve been well rested. They should’ve been prepared from a schematic perspective given they had two weeks to prepare for their opponent.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 6 Report Card: And just so there is no misunderstanding the entire team got detention this week… it was THAT ugly.
  • Nick O’Malley hands out some grades after Sunday’s game. /One of those tests where I’m praying my prof uses a curve.
  • DJ Bean takes a look at how Cam Newton has played after four starts: The answer is “fine,” and that’s notable because Cam Newton has never been a “fine” quarterback. He’s been awesome. He’s been an MVP.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Cam doubles down, says Pats don’t need help on offense: ‘The grass isn’t always greener.’
  • NBC Sports Boston notes Cam Newton assures there’s ‘no need to press the panic button.’
  • CBS Boston reports Cam Newton said testing positive for COVID led to the strangest two weeks of his career.
  • Mike Reiss explains how analytics supported Bill Belichick going for 2 on Sunday.
  • Michael Hurley looks at the pros and cons surrounding whether Bill Belichick should have challenged the spot on that James White run.
  • CBS Boston highlights Bill Belichick hoping that the team can put in a full week of work on the practice field, something they sorely missed heading into Sunday’s defeat.
  • Chris Mason hears from DB Jonathan Jones on how to play defense without looking at the QB.
  • Alex Barth mentions the Patriots shuffled wide receivers on the practice squad yesterday.
  • Michael Hurley gives us an updated Cam Newton-Tom Brady comparison and hints it doesn’t look great for the Patriots.
  • Nick O’Malley has the ‘experts roundup’ of what they’re saying about Patriots’ loss to Broncos: ‘The Evil Genius was off his game’
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Thomas Murphy on Sunday’s loss, the Pats’ lack of preparation, the controversial final play of the game, and if New England should to seek assistance at the skill positions. (40 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Kyle Shanahan’s game plan helped Jimmy Garoppolo bounce back; Plus, two young pass-catchers who could step up in Chicago, Denver’s defensive stars, the Titans’ OL depth and more notes from around the league.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The Debrief: Teams that lifted or sank their seasons in Week 6. “Tom Brady chose well.”
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile: Cowboys have a short- and long-term problem, why Bucs may be Packers’ kryptonite; More.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick: You have to pick and choose which calls to challenge.
  • Adam Schein ( Most impressive NFL performances of Week 6.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Ten NFL teams have one win or fewer.
  • Dan Parr ( 2021 NFL Draft order: Patriots 13th.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) NFL hot seat ratings: Coaches and players who could get fired or benched in 2020.
  • Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL coach firings, hirings and openings 2020: The latest rumors, buzz and everything we’re hearing. Josh McDaniels looms large once again.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Titans may be fined, but no suspensions or lost draft picks for COVID-19 violations.