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Conference calls wrapup

Posted by Albert Breer  November 10, 2009 01:04 PM

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Here's quick look at the conference calls of Nick Caserio, Dean Pees and Bill Belichick today. If you want these guys' take on the availability of Larry Johnson, click here.

IT'S NOT THAT COMPLICATED: The Colts offense is not complex -- In fact, their playbook is less expansive than most other teams. Where they separate is in their level of execution. And since these teams know each so well, this probably isn't the week where you see little tricks make the difference. "A lot of it comes down to execution," said Pees. "As much as you've seen them, and you have different gameplans, they do what they do, and we do what we do. It's a matter of you gotta make the plays when they're there to be made."

SAFETY HELP: Brandon McGowan's been a free-agent revelation for the Patriots, and he's played big matched up with tight ends like Tony Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow. The challenge is different this week, with a hybrid like Dallas Clark in a career year to deal with. So it was interesting to get Caserio's take on if the team ever has specific matchups in mind when signing a guy. "It's putting players in pace that can fill a certain role for you, and finding the best players you can," Caserio said. "Whether it's Tampa Bay or Tennessee, the AFC or NFC, or whatever tight or receiver you might face, it's hard to do that and pinpoint it on one team or matchup."

SUBSTITUTION PATTERNS: With the Colts' ability to fast-break, subbing will be a challenge on defense for the Patriots this week, particularly if Indy goes no-huddle for much of the game. Belichick discussed a rule that the defense is always permitted to match the substitutions of the offense, but seemed a little upset about the position those players are in to get set sometimes. "It's an offensive league and most of the rules were put in to help offense, and scoring," Belichick. "With the sub rules, obviously, there wasn't a lot of consideration given to defensive coaches or play-calling."

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