FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday morning that the defensive problems that New England has been having this season are a question of execution.

"I don't know if we overthink it. I just think we need to execute," he said Wednesday before practice. "We prepare well here. It's one of the most outstanding teams in terms of how we prepare. We want to be prepared better than the other teams. We just need to execute."

The numbers don’t lie -- the Patriots defense is in trouble.

Don Yee, the agent for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, said that his client will fight charges of indecent assault and battery. Edelman was released on personal recognizance after entering a not guilty plea to the charges in a Boston nightclub.

Yee, in a statement on behalf of Edelman, said that the charges "will be fought vigorously within the court system, instead of a rush to judgment elsewhere." For more on the situation, click here.

The Patriots issued a statement regarding the situation surrounding wide receiver Julian Edelman Tuesday afternoon, saying they were "aware of the reports" involving Edelman, but would "defer any comment to his representatives at this time."

According to a report in the Boston Globe, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will be arraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Officers were called to a Back Bay nightclub around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to investigate reports of a possible assault.

Report Card Time and tattoo this please behind your eyelids and remember it the next time an opponent converts a third-and-13 or another QB puts up a 100 passer rating against this Patriots defense and you very much want to forever strip the HC of the NEP of genius status:



FOXBORO -- The day after, there was optimism.

Patriots Bill Belichick joined The Big Show Monday at Gillette Stadium, discussing the team's 25-17 loss to the Steelers and his decision to release veteran cornerback Leigh Bodden last week. 

Perhaps the most scrutinized play of Sunday's loss was the team's onside kick with 2:35 remaining. The Patriots still had three timeouts and were trailing by six, but the Pats went for the onside kick and did not see it travel the required 10 yards. 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that the absence of released cornerback Leigh Bodden was not to blame for New England's poor defensive performance in a 25-17 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Patriots receiver Deion Branch stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday and talked about Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Steelers.

The Steelers played more man defense than many people expected, but Branch isn't one of those people.

"I wouldn't say it was a surprise, no. They did what they were expected to do," he said. "There were some times that they played man in the past and did some different things.