Found December 06, 2011 on The Rap Sheet:
We hit you with a quick coach Bill Belichick update during a busy Monday that always seems hectic. Having to mix in some tape studying along with blogging forces me to juggle like a.. a juggler, I guess. Anyway, that led to just an abbreviated look at what Belichick said at his day-after-game news conference. Still, you probably got the gist of his thoughts on the 31-24 win over the Colts. Want a few more highlights? On C Nick McDonald’s play in his debut: “I thought he did a real good job. I thought he did a real good job for not really having many reps with the first group and just really getting them this week for the most part. He hadn’t had a lot of exchanges with Tom (Brady) or just Logan (Mankins) and Brian (Waters), working next to them with combination blocks and things like that. I thought he did a real good job.” (more…)

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A stupid thought: Maybe Bill Belichick is happy the game turned out like it did… and links!

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FO: Patriots nearly beat themselves

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Center of things

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