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Patriots.com News Blitz - 11/6/2007

Did the Colts illegally pump up the volume on crowd noise while the Pats were trying to call plays?

The* Boston Globe * reports that during the CBS telecast of the Patriots - Colts game, there was a conspicuous audio glitch, a repeating crowd-noise heard on the first play of the fourth quarter. The NFL released the following statement which attributes the unusual audio to a CBS production issue.

"CBS has informed us that the unusual audio moment heard by fans during the Patriots-Colts game was the result of tape feedback in the CBS production truck and was isolated to the CBS broadcast. It was in no way related to any sound within the stadium and could not be heard in the stadium," said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

The *Boston Globe * also notes that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during his monday press conference that the team would start the practice clock this week on wide receiver Troy Brown, who has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp as we recovers from offseason knee surgery.

The Boston Herald writes that head coach Bill Belichick indicated that from the first offensive series on the Patriots had to resort to hand signals to relay plays to quarterback Tom Brady as the coach-to-quarterback system wired within Brady's helmet was not functioning.

"We definitely had a lot of problems with the coach-to-quarterback," Belichick said. "We basically didn't have a coach-to-quarterback operation, so we had to signal in the plays, which is unusual, but that's the way it was. . . . But I can tell you, from a functional standpoint, the coach-to-quarterback was basically useless."

Amid speculation that running back Corey Dillon may return to the Patriots, a report in the Boston Herald notes that during his weekly appearence on WEEI, head coach Bill Belichick put to rest any speculation that running back Corey Dillon may return to the team. Belichick indicated that Dillon is not in their plans.

"I don't think that's really in the plans right now," Belichick said. "We're going with the four backs we have."

A piece in the *Providence Journal * takes a look at Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss's performance against the Colts. Moss totaled 145 receiving yards, marking his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season and 52nd of his career, which is third all-time behind Jerry Rice (76) and Marvin Harrison (59). Moss also caught his 12th touchdown of the season, tying a franchise-record that was held by New England Hall-of-Famer Stanley Morgan (1979).

Quick Hits:

  • The *Boston Herald * offers its Patriots Report Card. The offensive line and secondary drew the lowest scores, both receiving a C grade. Quarterback and wide receivers drew the top grades.
  • The Boston Globe's Patriots blog takes a look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots' offense in their 24-20 victory over the Colts.
  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick teaches his players to play the full 60 minutes of a football game no matter what the score is. That philosophy was crucial for the team getting to the 9-0 mark according to piece in the Providence Journal.
  • The Providence Journal notes that the Patriots-Bills game on November 18th has been moved to Sunday night on NBC. The game will now be played at 8:15pm.
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