Other than the weekly conference calls with coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, the media rarely gets a chance to speak with Bill Belichick's other assistant coaches.
That changes each year during the bye week, and as such Belichick's sideline subordinates spent some time chatting with reporters in the Gillette Stadium media workroom on Monday.
Highlights from that session, a look ahead to the bye week and a few leftovers from Sunday's blowout of the Jaguars fill out all the day's news in Patriots Nation.
The Boston Globe breaks down the Patriots defensive game plan against Jacksonville and it’s not a flattering recap. The Globe looks back at the **key plays from the big win over the Jaguars**. The paper also talks to McDaniels about the early bye week, while noting that the Patriots young offensive line is making coach Dave DeGuglielmo proud.
The grades in the Boston Herald's weekly report card aren’t as high as you might expect after a 51-point outburst. The Herald writes at that the ever-successful duo of Brady and McDaniels is very much in synch. The* Herald* also has DeGuglielmo raving about rookie center David Andrews’ early contributions. The Herald Patriots notebook has McDaniels praising Rob Gronkowski as well as a look the team trading for Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic.
ESPNBoston.com notes the Patriots sent a sixth-round pick to Chicago for Bostic, a former second-round pick out of Florida. Mike Reiss breaks down the ramifications of the trade. ESPNBoston.com notes that DeGuglielmo credits Brady for some of the early success of his young offensive line, while Ivan Fears sees some Kevin Faulk in passing back newcomer Dion Lewis.
WEEI.com says Brady may have just completed the best three-game stretch of his illustrious career.
CSNNE.com also looks at the Lewis comparison with Faulk.
NFL.com has the Patriots in the No. 2 slot in its power rankings after three weeks of action, while MMQB has New England at No. 1. The site also includes the New England offense among its best 11 surprises of the new season.