On what turned out to be the play that produced the game-winning touchdown pass last Thursday against the Jets, one of the key moments came when wide receiver Danny Amendola recognized the fact that the play had started to break down and was able to scramble to get open. That helped quarterback Tom Brady find the receiver for the touchdown.

On Monday, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels praised Amendola for his ability to not only recognize what was going on, but lean on his experience with the “scramble drill” in an important moment.

“I think the big key for us is to try to always come back to the ball or come towards the quarterback — the direction that he’€™s scrambling –€“ because throwing away from where the quarterback is going is always a difficult proposition,” McDaniels said. “So, we try to teach them to be friendly to the quarterback in terms of trying to give him an opportunity to make a throw that he can make. And then the guys that are deep, certainly if you’€™re deep and you go deeper you might get out of his range, so the deep guys may end up coming a little bit shorter.

“In this case, Danny was the short guy. And again, you have two choices, you could either kind of try to get away from your guy going towards the direction the quarterback is rolling to or running, or in the case of what Danny did, he turned and went in the other direction because he was a short receiver that ended up turning his route into a deeper play.”

For a receiver, it’s all about trying to do whatever he can to help out the quarterback.

“It’s not a perfect science,” acknowledged McDaniels. “But what we do try to tell them is, ‘€˜Look, you can’€™t stand there and be covered, and you don’€™t want to run out of the quarterback’€™s potential window to throw you the ball.’€™ So, they want to stay active, they want to try to mirror the quarterback as best as we can and try to create some separation from the defender that’€™s closest to you. I thought Danny did a great job –€“ we had a couple guys do a really good job on that play –€“ and Danny ended up with the ball on it.”

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We sit down with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday and get his take on a nail-biting win over the Jets, as well as his feelings on Peyton Manning breaking the NFL record for touchdowns.

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Through seven games, the Patriots have been flagged for 63 penalties (most in the league heading into Monday Night Football) for a total of 590 yards (most in the NFL). To this point in the season, here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
ST/DB Logan Ryan: 6 penalties (illegal block above the waist, 2 defensive pass interference, 2 defensive holding, illegal use of hands), 83 yards
WR Brandon LaFell: 5 penalties (offsides on free kick, 3 offensive pass interference, false start), 40 yards
OL Nate Solder: 5 penalties (offensive holding, illegal block above the waist, 3 false starts), 35 yards
OL Jordan Devey: 4 penalties (2 offensive holding, false star, unnecessary roughnesst), 40 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3 penalties (roughing the passer, defensive offsides, unnecessary roughness), 35 yards
DL Chandler Jones: 2 penalties (2 roughing the passer), 30 yards
S/ST Duron Harmon: 2 penalties (face mask, illegal block above the waist), 21 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: 2 penalties (false start, unsportsmanlike conduct), 20 yards
ST/DB Don Jones: 2 penalties (2 offensive holding), 20 yards
DL Dominique Easley 2 penalties (neutral zone infraction, unnecessary roughness), 20 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: 2 penalties (offensive pass interference, false start) 15 yards
OL Cameron Fleming: 2 penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
OL Bryan Stork: 2 penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
CB Darrelle Revis: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding), 10 yards
CB Brandon Browner: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding) 10 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding), 10 yards
CB Malcolm Butler: 1 penalties (defensive pass interference), 24 yards
WR Danny Amendola: 1 penalty (face mask), 15 yards
LB Jamie Collins: 1 penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: 1 penalty (facemask), 15 yards
OL Dan Connolly: 1 penalty (chop block), 14 yards
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
S/ST Tavon Wilson: 1 penalty (offensive holding) 10 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
Team: 1 penalties (illegal substitution), 10 yards
QB Tom Brady: 1 penalty (intentional grounding), 10 yards
RB/ST Brandon Bolden: 1 penalty (offensive holding) 9 yards
DL Sealver Siliga: 1 penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards
S Patrick Chung: 1 penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
OL Josh Kline: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
WR Julian Edelman: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
LS/ST Danny Aiken: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
TE Tim Wright: 1 penalty (false start) 5 yards

Most penalized by position
Offensive line: 17 penalties, 149 yards
Cornerback: 13 penalties, 137 yards
Wide receiver: 9 penalties, 75 yards
Special teams: 6 penalties, 49 yards
Defensive line: 5 penalties, 55 yards
Linebacker: 4 penalties, 50 yards
Tight end: 4 penalties, 35 yards
Safety: 2 penalty, 20 yards
Team: 2 penalties, 10 yards
Quarterback: 1 penalty, 10 yards

Most frequently called penalties
False start: 13
Offensive holding: 11
Defensive holding: 9
Unnecessary roughness: 4
Offensive pass interference: 4
Facemask: 3
Roughing the passer: 3
Defensive pass interference: 3
Illegal block above the waist: 3
Illegal use of hands: 2
Offsides on free kick: 1
Neutral zone infraction: 1
Defensive offsides: 1
Offsides on free kick: 1
Illegal substitution: 1
Unsportsmanlike conduct: 1
Intentional grounding: 1
Chop block: 1

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Christopher Price
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Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And while sacks can be overrated, when evaluated as part of a bigger picture that includes quarterback hits and quarterback pressures (the latter courtesy of Pro Football Focus), it should provide a good picture as to which defenders are consistently able to get after the quarterback. Currently, the Patriots are tied for 10th in the league in sacks with 18. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after seven games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards), tied for 12th in the league
DE Rob Ninkovich: 4 (29 yards), tied for 14th in the league
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3 (23 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 8
DE Rob Ninkovich: 7
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jamie Collins: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 14
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 14
DL Vince Wilfork: 7
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Chris Jones: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1

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Christopher Price

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley show, said that he had his children stay up to watch the first half of Sunday night’s Broncos game against the

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley show, said that he had his children stay up to watch the first half of Sunday night’s Broncos game against the 49ers to watch quarterback Peyton Manning surpass Brett Favre for the most career passing touchdowns.

“Having played against Peyton, it was great to watch him accomplish something so historic,” said Bruschi. “I’ve seen a lot of those touchdown passes first-hand. He’s a great quarterback. It’s a record that he’ll hold for a long time.”

Though the former linebacker said that he would choose former teammate Tom Brady over Manning, Bruschi raved about Manning and the kind of unique challenges he used to present to opponents.

“That’s a close one. Sometimes I think about it myself: Who would I go with? Peyton or Tom?  The history I have with Tom, the experience we have, of course I’m going with my guy in Tom Brady, but I recognize the greatness of Peyton Manning and both of the players. They’re both special players. Actually different, I feel,” said Bruschi. “I think there’s a difference in their success because of how Peyton has switched teams and how Peyton has had to bring his system — I call it his system, because basically he’s developed it over the course of the years from Indianapolis to Denver. You can put on film from Indianapolis years ago and then see very similar things of what they’re doing in Denver. To be able to do that and bring what he does over to another organization and also make them very successful, that’s unique in itself. That’s something you have to recognize with him, also, with him doing it with different organizations.”

Bruschi offered an illuminating anecdote to explain some of the mind games in which Manning engaged.

“Much more intellectual of a game with Peyton than it is with any other quarterback that you’ll ever go against in terms of listening and processing and sometimes thinking you have the right answer. You always try to get a jump on what that you think that word says or what this formation means. Then, just when you think you’re right, you’re going to be wrong,” Bruschi recalled. “I remember one game in Indianpolis that we had. I swear I heard him say Raider — ‘Raider, Raider’ — early on in the game. It was a screen to our right that goes quickly to the running back or wide receiver. The running back goes from an offset formation and goes and blocks the defensive back. And then me as a linebacker, you have to chase [the receiver] down and make the tackle as the running back makes the block.

“I went to the sideline after the play thinking, OK, I’ve got that word. I know what that means. If I hear it again, I’m going to jump it. Later on, second half, there it was. I heard, ‘Raider. Raider.’ I’m thinking, ‘I got this. I got this.’ Same start of the play, but instead of the running back blocking the defensive back on a screen, he turned it up field, and there I was trying to chase a wide receiver. He got me with changing up his audibles in game because he knew we were listening,” Bruschi continued. “That was pretty much the last time I paid attention to what he was saying and I basically started to react to what I saw. Intellectually, fighting that urge to think you’ve got that answer, to think that you know what he’s doing — there’s always a change off of it.”

Bruschi recalled seeing in Manning a quarterback with unmatched arm strength in his heyday — something that has made his adaptation to his current skill set all the more remarkable.

“Physical skills, I remember being on the field, being back in coverage, seeing a ball thrown from one side of the field all the way back to the other with such velocity that I almost stopped running, just shook my head and said, ‘We can’t stop that.’ It was so spectacular in terms of the ability. That was a long time ago though,” said Bruschi. “Watching him now and seeing the ball wobble out of his hand, the loss of arm strength at times — he can still rear back and get some heat and spin the ball very well, but it’s just not the same. I remember a couple years ago, covering him as an analyst, thinking, ‘This guy, it’s not going to happen.’ You didn’t think he was going to come back because the arm just wasn’t there. It was slow. You were waiting on a nerve, waiting on it to regenerate. It looks like through the work he’s put in, the balls, they still look ugly, but they get there.
I think he’s still skilled in terms of accuracy at a high level. And he’s smart.”

As for Brady and the Patriots, Bruschi suggested that he’s been impressed by the adjustments made by New England’s offense to permit Brady to run the offense, but he suggested that the narrow two-point win over the Jets last Thursday pointed to vulnerabilities that aren’t likely to go away.

“I think they can get better, but I think some of those things you saw in that game vs. the Jets is what you’re going to get when certain teams want to attack them a certain way, especially defensively. If they want to make that commitment to running the ball, I think teams will have success,” said Bruschi. “If you want to have a game, as an offense, going against the Patriots, just get it in third and manageable. I think that’s very achievable in terms of first and down based on the run game and some of the players that the Patriots have. They may be struggling against the run at the linebacker level. I think that’s what you’ll see going forward with the New England Patriots.

“You’re getting to see what kind of team this is. I think it’s getting to be pretty clear now, the good adjustments they’ve made on the offensive side of the ball have been great, how they’ve gotten the ball out of Brady’s hand very quickly. One thing I think Tom has done a great job of is threatening the ball down the field with minimum time in the pocket or with the ball in your hand. If you noticed, versus the Bills and even last week at certain times, Tom will throw it deep but it’s out of his hands in less than two seconds because he has the ability to put more loft on it, which will give the receiver more time to get under it which equals then a longer route. Tom has that arm talent and that ability to do it that sometimes makes up for an offensive line that sometimes can’t give him three or four seconds in the pocket.”

To listen to Bruschi’s complete interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

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Julian Edelman joined the show to talk about the win over the Jets and the quick turn around involved with Thursday night games. He also praised Danny Amendola's job on the kick-returns and how Chicago will most likely respond positively to the reported fights in their locker room following Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.