Settling In For The Bye Week

With no Patriots game this weekend, and no next opponent set as yet, stories are a little varied this morning. I'm trying out Storify to see how it works as a linking platform.


  1. First from out of town, it seems like the Rams might be the latest franchise thinking of adopting the Patriots model. Apparently the owner has been reading Michael Holley's War Room. (What? Not going to copy the Jets model? Michael Felger needs to write a book: "Jets Reign."
  2. Mike Reiss says that the chemistry in the Patriots locker room has come a long way from the dysfunctional 2009 group, and is a big contrast to the Jets of this season, and even the 2011 Red Sox. Jerry Thornton adds that the Patriots Way sure seems to be the right one.
  3. Karen Guregian wonders if dumping Albert Haynesworth had a cathartic effect on the team, as they haven't lost a game since.
  4. A common worry seems to be getting off to a slow start against a playoff opponent.

  5. Looking at some features, the tight end combination is the Patriots biggest weapon heading into the playoffs. Greg Bedard has his extensive game review, with a focus on Aaron Hernandez. Chris Price focuses on the transformation of the Patriots passing game.
  6. Bedard also notes that with Andre Carter out, the Patriots are being forced to be creative on the pass rush.
  7. This one is actually from yesterday, but a very nice feature from Jeff Howe.
  8. Matthew Slater has come a long way.
  9. Ian Rapoport ran down all the Patriots transaction this season. There are two PDF files linked at the bottom of the article.
  10. Bill Burt has George O'Leary saying that Bill O'Brien is ready to be a head coach.