Just because the regular season is over doesn't mean the WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings have to end. Joe Zarbano brings us his rankings of the final 12 teams heading into the playoffs. To nobody's surprise, the Patriots come in at No. 1. Which team enters the postseason at the bottom of the list? Hint: It is coached by Pete Carroll. To see the complete list, click here.

 

With the regular season in the books and the postseason looming, it’s time to take a look back at each player on the roster and break down his performance. Here’s the WEEI.com regular-season report card:

QUARTERBACK



Patriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick has been placed on the reserve/suspended list by the team, according to multiple media outlets. Deaderick, a seventh-round draft pick out of Alabama, was active for 10 games this season, including four starts, and had 17 tackles and two sacks. The news was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots announced Monday evening that they have placed defensive lineman Ron Brace on injured reserve with an elbow injury and have released defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington from the practice squad. Brace, 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, originally joined the Patriots as a second round draft pick out of Boston College in 2009. He played in 13 games with five starts in 2010 and finished the season with 28 total tackles. Washington, 6-foot-4 and 296 pounds, joined the New England practice squad on Nov. 3.

Speaking during his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Patriots coach Bill Belichick touched on how the importance of preparation is at a new level now that the team is in the postseason. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

 

As part of WEEI's Patriots Monday, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show, one day after the Patriots closed out the regular season with a 38-7 domination of the Dolphins.

 

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather checked in for his weekly chat on the Dale & Holley show page Monday as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

 

Asked how he would spend the bye week before the Patriots' playoff opener, Meriweather said: "Just trying to get better. It's a time where you focus even harder now. You've got to take your game up a notch. You just try to focus on the little things and let your body heal."

 

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Patriots and the NFL.

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly appearance on WEEI's Patriots Monday. The Patriots closed out the regular season Sunday with a 38-7 win over the Dolphins, allowing several backups to get playing time in the rout.

 

"I think we got what we wanted out of it," Brady said. "A bunch of guys got opportunities to play. ... It was really a great win."

 

After the Jets beat up the Bills by a 38-7 count in their regular-season finale, New York coach Rex Ryan reiterated his belief that the Jets will win the Super Bowl. Though the team's 11-5 record resulted in the No. 6 seed in the AFC and a trip to Indianapolis for the wild card round of the playoffs, Ryan's confidence remained undiminished.